Andrea Albutt – PGA President
Andrea joined the Prison Service in 1990 after a 6 years as a military nurse in the British Army. During her 30 year career she has worked in all types of prison, including women, children and high security. In 2003 she took charge of her first prison, and governed a total of four establishments, all of which were women and male reception prisons holding remand, trial and convicted prisoners. In 2015, Andrea left governing to take up the role of national operational lead for the smoke free project. This role lasted 3 years and achieved the successful implementation of a smoke free prison system.
Andrea has been an elected member of the PGA National Executive Committee since 2006. She served as Vice President from 2009 and was elected as President in 2015; she has just commenced her third term in this role. Her particular interests are women offenders, safer prisons, reduction in the prison population, and equality in the workplace.
Andrea lives in Wales, and having governed HMP Swansea, she understands the different dynamic the devolved administration brings to Welsh prisons.
Adrian Turner – Vice President
Adrian joined the prison service in 1988 as a Prison Officer at HMRC Ashford and then moved to HMP Full Sutton and HMP & YOI Norwich.
He was promoted to Senior Officer and Principal Officer at HMP Whitemoor before moving to operational training at Newbold Revel as a Principal Officer.
Adrian was further promoted to G5 (B7 in today’s language) in 2000 at HMP Lindholme before transferring to HMP Channings Wood as a B8.
He has served as Deputy Governor at HMP Gloucester, HMP & YOI Eastwood Park and HMP Bristol before taking up post as the Governor of HMP & YOI Sudbury in 2014.
Adrian has therefore worked at every level of the organisation in all types of prison across all functions which makes him well positioned to represent members as the Vice-President of the PGA, a post he was elected to in 2019.
He has been a regular attendee at annual conference and an active member of the PGA for over 20 years and has always worked hard to ensure he represents the best interests of the membership.
Adrian is fully committed to the contribution we make as an NEC representing the best interests of the membership whether this be on national issues or personal cases.
Shaun Williamson – Finance Officer
Shaun joined the Prison Service in 1992 serving as a Prison Officer at HMP Wandsworth, HMP Brixton, and HMP Full Sutton, Senior Officer at HMYOI Deerbolt, and Principal Officer at HMP Full Sutton prior to promotion as an Operational Manager.
Shaun has covered all Functional Head roles, and currently Head of Security and third in charge at Full Sutton, with Deputy Governor accreditation. 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 in2016 completed a Masters Degree in Criminology, Penology and Management at the University of Cambridge.
Shaun 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.
Shaun is one of the longest serving members on the National Executive Committee having a sound insight into the workings of the association. He has been directly involved in national consultation and negotiations with senior leaders and members of Government.
He continues, along with other colleagues on the NEC, to provide support to members whilst dealing with personal cases. He has also become a point of contact in relation to questions relating to HR, 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.
Mitch Albutt – National Officer
Mitch joined the prison service in 1987 as a prison officer at HMP Chelmsford working with long term young offenders.
He then specialised in physical education and taught PE at HMP Bedford.
Mitch then moved to HMP Bristol (which was a category “A” local prison), as a Senior Officer covering a variety of roles including safer custody.
He spent a period of time at HMP Eastwood Park, covering the role of head of residence, supporting the Governor and the establishment through a performance improvement test.
Mitch then gained promotion to Principal Officer (Custodial Manager) and transferred to HMP Bullingdon, both a local prison and category “C” trainer.
He then moved to Cardiff prison as a Manager “F” (Band 7), to set up the new Offender Management Unit. Whilst there Mitch gained promotion and also performed other roles including Head of Reducing re-offending, Head of Residential, Business change lead and Head of Security.
Mitch then went to Swansea prison, to take up the role of deputy governor.
Mitch then gained promotion and took up post as Deputy Governor at Cardiff prison (Complex establishment).
Mitch is a bit of a foodie and loves exploring the great outdoors with Andrea and “Frog” (who is a dog rescued by the RSPCA).
Carl Davies – National Officer
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 number of establishments, including Leicester, Moorland, Nottingham, Sudbury, Glen Parva, Foston Hall and HQ, where he has held the fullest range of positions including Deputy Governor.
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 organisations criticise what we do with little or no insight in to the complexities of our work.
When Carl looks back over the last 29 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.
More recently Carl has played a significant part in ensuring the association remained responsive to the needs of the membership during the COVID crisis, whilst taking on the challenge to remain in his national officer role during the height of the crisis, he did so after requesting to be based full time back in a prison, this gave him a real insight in to the many challenges being faced during COVID
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 has since served in a variety of governor grade roles in HMPs Wormwood Scrubs, Gartree, Nottingham, Glen Parva and as Deputy Governor at HMP Stocken. Following a secondment to both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Police as part of those two county’s MAPPA teams, Kevin specialised as the Public Protection Officer for the East Midlands based at Regional Office in Leicester. Kevin then returned to operational duties at HMYOI Glen Parva before moving on to HMP’s Nottingham and Sudbury when Glen Parva closed in 2017. Kevin is currently the Head of Security & Intelligence at HMP Stocken.
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 currently lives in Leicestershire. When not working hard on behalf of the PGA, Kevin chairs his local branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and struggles to come to terms with a lifelong addiction to Arsenal Football Club.
Diane Lewis – PGA NEC Representative
Diane joined the Prison service in 2006 on the Senior Prison Manager Programme, she was the only external candidate on her programme. Prior to joining the service Diane worked in the Private Healthcare Sector for 16 years in many posts but largely in Operations Management. She has worked in the Yorkshire Prison Group for 14 years, HMP Moorland as Head of Residence, HMP Wetherby as Deputy Governor, HMP Lindholme, Deputy Governor. Diane has been a substantive Prison Governor since 2012 her first posting was to Govern the Yorkshire Prison Groups female cluster, HMP Newhall and HMP Askham Grange. In 2015 she took up the post as Governor of HMP Wealstun and is proud to have lead the team at Wealstun for the last 5 years.
Diane has experience of leading a complex organisation through significant change such as, Fair and Sustainable, Benchmarking, managing a complex environment impacted by Psychoactive substances, The T 10 project and more recently COVID 19.
She was awarded with a MBA (Masters in Business Administration) at Leeds Business School in 2008.
Diane has an interest in employment Law, newly elected onto the NEC, and is looking forward to representing the membership with personal cases.
Dave Taylor – PGA NEC Representative
Dave has been in the Prison Service for over 39 years having joined as an Officer in 1981 and have served at every rank up to and including Governing Governor and had the privilege to Govern HMP Highpoint, Wandsworth and on two occasions HMP Littlehey.
Dave has experience in twelve prison establishments covering most offender types including female and high security estate. In 2017 he took up post as the Senior Project Lead for the then East Prisons Group and his responsibilities included education, healthcare delivery and development of the rehabilitative culture across the 10 prison establishments in the group and he also covered the Prison Group Director in their absence.
In May 2018 Dave accepted a secondment to the to the then Change, Strategy and Planning Directorate working closely with reform and change teams assisting their engagement with operational senior managers.
Dave took up post on the NEC in August of this year but had previously served on the NEC for a number of years both as a committee member and Vice President.
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