Andrea Albutt – PGA President
Andrea joined HM Prison Service in 1990 as a Prison Officer.
Her career has been diverse working in old Victorian Locals, High Security, a Therapeutic Community, a modern Core Local, Open and Women’s Prisons. Andrea’s career has taken her through every operational grade.
She governed her first prison in 2004, which was HMP & YOI Low Newton, and followed this with HMP Swansea, HMP & YOI Eastwood Park and she governed HMP Bristol, She has a particular professional interest in women offenders and Andrea has been on the PGA NEC for just over 6 years.
Andrea was part of the WFM negotiations, Fair and Sustainable negotiations and last year was elected as a President of the Association.
Shaun Williamson – Finance Officer
Shaun joined the Prison Service in 1992 and has served as a Prison Officer at HMP Wandsworth, HMP Brixton, and HMP Full Sutton, a Senior Officer at HMYOI Deerbolt, and Principal Officer at HMP Full Sutton where he has been since 2001.
Shaun passed the Operational Managers JSAC in 2003 and has served as Operations Governor, Deputy Head of Residence, Head of Business Change, and is currently Head of Reducing Reoffending. He gained a Foundation Degree in Offender Management – Leadership and Management of Custodial Services (2010), a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Management (2011), and has recently completed a Masters Degree in Criminology, Penology and Management at the University of Cambridge.
Shaun joined the PGA shortly after passing the JSAC, accepted the role of local PGA rep in 2005, and was elected onto the National Executive Committee in 2007. He has a broad interest in both the trade union and professional services which the association provides.
One of the first pieces of work in which he engaged with was the protracted negotiations in relation to Workforce Modernisation. This took up much of his time and provided a sound insight into the workings of the association. More recently he has been involved in the Workforce Restructure programme which will culminate with the introduction of new management structures and a new Job Evaluation System.
He continues along with other colleagues on the NEC to provide support to members whilst dealing with personal cases, which are on the rise. He has also become a point of contact in relation to questions relating to pay and pensions, and although not an expert, provides sound advice to members.
Shaun has looked after the finances on behalf of the PGA since November 2011 as the third Finance Officer in the history of the Association.
John Attard – National Officer
John Attard joined the Prison Service, as an Officer, in May 1987 after serving six years in the Royal Navy. He has worked in a variety of male and female prisons predominantly in London and did a short spell at Headquarters.
He became an Operational Governor grade in April 2000 and has held various roles in this grade including: Residential Governor, Head of Prisoner Development, Head of Healthcare, Head of HR and Head of Corporate Services. He was seconded to the Youth Justice Board between 2008 -10 where he managed the national Service Level Agreement between NOMS and the YJB. He is also the Chair of Governors of a large secondary school in Hertfordshire and studied Law at Queen Mary University, London.
John was elected onto the PGA National Executive Committee in 2008 and the National Officer post six years later.
Dave Hoskins – National Officer
Dave has been a long time member of the Prison Governors Association, holding a variety of posts on the NEC, from member, finance officer and most recently that of elected national officer. Dave has an enviable wealth of experience in both professional matters and trade union law.
Kevin Billson – National Executive Committee
Kevin Joined the Prison Service in 1986 on the Assistant Governor Trainee scheme and served for one year at HMP Leicester as a prison officer as part of his training. Kevin have since served in a variety of governor grade roles in HMPs Wormwood Scrubs, Gartree, Nottingham, Glen Parva and as Deputy Governor at HMP Stocken. Kevin also specialised as the Public Protection Officer for the East Midlands based at Regional Office in Leicester, where he was the regions lead for public protection, Kevin is now a governor grade at Glen Parva.
Kevin has been a member of the PGA NEC for almost 8 years and have served as the Membership Secretary for the last 4 of those years, prior to this Kevin was an active member of the PGA in organising the long-running Midland Meeting, which was recognised by the Association by the award of the O’Friel Phoenix for services to the PGA.
Kevin Burgess – National Executive Committee
Kevin joined the Prison Service in July 1994 and has served at HMP Maidstone (twice) HMP High Down, HMP Styal, HMP Lancaster Castle and Farms, HMP Hindley, Kent, Sussex and Essex Regional Office, HMYOI East Sutton Park and currently HMP Liverpool
He was elected to the PGA NEC in 2013.
Kevin has two grown up daughters 33 and 31, he has 4 grandchildren, he also has a keen interest in sport, enjoying cricket; and is a lifelong passionate supporter of Blackpool Football Club.
Helen Dickinson – National Executive Committee
Helen joined the Prison Service in 1987 and was posted to HMP Holloway where she remained for the next 10 years. She was promoted to Senior Officer in 1993 and accepted a level transfer to Foston Hall in 1997 when it re-roled to take women prisoners where she was quickly promoted to Principal Officer.
Helen then joined the Women & Young People’s Group in April 2006, initially as a Principal Officer then gaining promotion to substantive operational manager F in February 2007, she quickly joined the PGA.
She then began acting as a local PGA representative whilst at W & YPG, where they had some 19 PGA members and attended her first annual conference in October 2009.
This was an event she was lucky enough to attend with her father who was invited as a retired member. Her interest in trade union matters became focused when the issue of Reserved Rights for HQ staff was raised in February 2010, she saw then first hand; the importance of having the strength of a trade union behind you.
She comes from a distinguished Prison Service background, her late uncle was one of the founder members of the PGA and served on the NEC until he left the service and her father (long since retired) was also an active PGA member.
Carl Davies – National Executive Committee
Carl joined the Prison Service in October 1991, completing his initial Prison Officer training at the now closed Prison Service College, Aberford Road, Wakefield.He has worked in a range of establishments, including Leicester, Moorland, Nottingham, Sudbury, Glen Parva and more recently he holds the position of Deputy Governor at Foston Hall.
Carl joined Her Majesties Prison Service as a Prison Officer, and he progressed through what was the rank structure of Prison Officer, Senior Officer, Principal Officer to that of a Governor Grade.
He has worked and managed most areas of an Operational Prison, and he finds the day to day interaction with prisoners to be one of the most rewarding aspects of his career.
He is passionate about all that we do, and it is difficult for Carl to single out any particular high or low points of his career.Like most people who consider themselves professionals within the service he is immensely proud of the parts he has played in making prisons more decent and safe for both prisoners and staff.
It dismays him when individuals and outsiders criticise what we do with little or no real insight in to the complexities of our work, when looking back over the last 20 years there has not been one period where continuous improvement has not been on the agenda, whether this be in areas of performance, decency or delivery of value for money, at the heart of this has been governor grades.
Carl is proud to be part of Her Majesties Prison Service, and he aims to use his time on the NEC to ensure we remain in the public sector.
James Bryant – PGA Office Manager
James is the Office Manager for the Prison Governors’ Association and he has been in this role since 2003.
He deals with the day to day running of the PGA Office, which is based in Clive House, in central London, James manages and works closely with the National Officers and the President of the association.
James is also responsible for the information flow, both in and out of the Office, and he prepares most of the regular information bulletins, it is without doubt that the Association is lucky to have James in place.