Chairing the Seminar
Sallie Blanks Nash, Co-Ordinator, National Police Estate Group
Sallie brings to her current position, experience from a wide range of learning.
Having trained as a Company Secretary, then spent 23 years moving house (17 times) as an army wife, Sallie retrained as an occupational psychologist before securing a job at Bristol Zoo, leading the development, and opening of Wild Place Project, a sister zoo.
Her experience there in keeping animals in enclosures and people out, meant she was a perfect fit for working with Avon and Somerset constabulary managing their PFI programme of new custody suites. Only there, it was all about keeping some people in and some people out!
Following several years working with Avon and Somerset delivering a range of police facilities, Sallie took up her role at NPEG and has revitalised the organisation, growing its membership, creating the Custody Review Panel, and progressing towards its aim of becoming a centre of excellence for the police estate.
‘Mobilisation of HMP Five Wells, Design, Construction and Operation Delivery’
Nick Dann, Head of Mobilisation – New Prisons Team, Her Majesty’s Prison Service
HMPPS are delivering 20,000 additional prison places over the next few years with an investment of £4bn. These will be innovative prison places, designed to help thousands of prison leavers to turn their backs on crime and keep our streets safe.
The programme includes six new prisons with a total capacity of c10,000 places. HMP Five Wells is the first of these prisons to open.
HMP Five Wells has been designed from top to bottom with the latest cutting-edge technology and innovation to cut reoffending and protect the public.
With 24 workshops and in-cell tablets, prisoners will take part in formal learning, courses, qualifications, and on-the-job training in areas including bike repair, barbering, coding, car maintenance, carpentry, and engineering.
To ensure robust security, the prison will be equipped with ultra-secure, drone-proof windows and x-ray body scanners to prevent contraband getting in.
Nick will focus on ensuring the early designs are fit for purpose as an operational prison. He will take us the through the mobilisation journey from construction to full capacity.