London Group: Claudia Sturt

2nd May 2018, at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

What are the chief challenges to prison security, and what can we do about these?

The Somerville London Group is delighted to host Claudia Sturt (History, 1985). Claudia is responsible for National Security issues in prisons and the probation service, including extremism, serious organised crime, corruption, the Prison and Probation Service National Intelligence Unit, and Operational Prison Security issues such as security practice and standards, serious incident response, crime in prison and key technological threats (mobile phones, access to internet, drones).

After a spell training horses in Australia, Claudia joined the Prison Service in 1992; she served as Governor at HMP Erlestoke, Dartmoor (the first woman Governor), Winchester, and Belmarsh,  and 2009-2016 as Deputy Director, Custody (South Central), she was responsible for all prisons in the Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  She took up her current post in 2016. Claudia says she has had the immense privilege of creating an Executive Directorate of HM Prison and Probation Service, redefining how we understand and engage with risk, and setting new strategic direction for counter-extremism, security resilience and capability, and taking the fight to crime in prisons.

Claudia is married to a military chaplain and has twin sons.

The evening begins at 6.30pm with a drinks reception. The talk itself will begin at 7.00pm, followed by questions, and there will be drinks served again after the talk.

Tickets are £25 (£10 for alumni who matriculated in 2012 and later) and all Somervillians and their guests are welcome. Please note that the Oxford and Cambridge Club has a dress code.

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