Lady Val Corbett
Lady Val Corbett was a journalist on national newspapers, national magazines and a scriptwriter for BBC TV. She has also co-written six novels and 3 non-fiction books. She was instrumental in the formation of the Hoxton Apprentice, a training scheme to help the long-term unemployed get a permanent job. She is passionate about helping people help themselves “A hand up not a hand out”.
Her late husband Lord Robin Corbett of Castle Vale, (Chair of the Labour Peers Group) had substantial involvement with penal reform. In 2012 Lady Val established The Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation in his memory.
Deirdre Walker is a senior partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation for Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Deirdre is also a Soprano singer in The Choir of Norton Rose Fulbright.
“Singing in a choir is a huge leveller and forges powerful bonds between people. I am really pleased to be personally involved in this project and that our choir and the firm have embraced it so whole-heartedly.”
Magdalen’s background is in art history. For many years she worked in London galleries, and continues to research in the visual arts, publishing frequently on British painting. Alongside that she has spent the last 11 years helping to develop a scholarship programme for serving and ex-offenders for the Longford Trust. Independently she has volunteered at Wormwood Scrubs over the last 5 years, raising the funds for Book Rooms on their five wings, as visits to Library were so curtailed. Maggie has also helped put on Performing Arts productions in prisons and followed these projects up with CV writing – to incorporate the new skills learnt. She lectures for the Arts Society and for Magic Lantern both of which do work in outreach for vulnerable groups. Maggie feels, unfashionably perhaps, that prison is often the jolt people need to bring them to a recognition of right and wrong and has witnessed work at first hand by various UK charities, some much more successful than others. She recognises the primacy of those, such as CBT, that encourage steely-eyed preparation for constructive life on the outside beyond anything else.
Sam Eastwood is Head of Business Ethics and Anti-Corruption Group at international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright and a member of our Business and Human Rights Working Group. Sam has been interested in Prison Reform, since he was a volunteer at HMP Leyhill whilst at university. Sam has kick started several pioneering projects and relishes “doing difficult”. He is a Trustee of Transparency International – an anti-corruption Charity.
Eleni runs ES Real Estate Finance and is one of London’s most highly respected Property Finance Advisers. She is also currently training to be a Judge. She was Head of Real Estate Finance at Olswang for almost a decade. She holds a Phd. in economics from LSE. She has championed and being an active member of Choirs at both Olswang and Dechert, set up by SingingWorks. She has personally experienced of the power of making music with other people to keep people working as a group and coping with life’s stresses and is a passionate believer in creativity. She is also an amateur potter.