Trustee biographies

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Lynn Saunders Hon Dr is the Governor of Whatton Prison and has worked for the Prison Service for 25 years. She qualified as a Probation Officer in 1986 and has a degree in Applied Social Sciences and an MA in Criminology.

She set up, along with other colleagues, the Safer Living Foundation, a charity to help prevent sexual (re) offending, in 2014. She is currently Chair of the organisation and is engaged in a part-time PhD at Nottingham University studying the transition of people convicted of sexual offences from custody to the community.  She has worked with people convicted of sexual offences for most of her career and is considered to be one of the more knowledgeable and compassionate prison Governors in this difficult and controversial area.

Lynn was awarded an Honorary doctorate from Nottingham Trent University in 2015 in recognition of her work with this group of offenders.  She was awarded an OBE in the 2017 new year’s honours list.

K HockenDr Kerensa Hocken is a HCPC Registered and BPS chartered Forensic Psychologist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of people who commit sexual offences. She is based at HMP Whatton as the Midlands Cluster Psychology Lead with responsibility for sexual offending strategy across Midlands prisons. Kerensa has worked with people who commit sexual offences for 18 years. She is an award winning  expert in the field of sexual offending. Kerensa is a trustee and co-founder of the SLF.

N BlagdenDr Nicholas Blagden is a lecturer in psychology and a Chartered Psychologist. He has worked and researched within the CJS and HM Prison Service for many years. He started his career with Nottinghamshire probation, has trained police officers and worked in prison settings. He is currently part of the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit and is working with the National Offender Management Service and Ministry of Justice on a number of collaborative projects.

Belinda WInderProfessor Belinda Winder is a co-founder and Vice Chair of the Safer Living Foundation. Belinda is a Professor in Forensic Psychology and is Head of the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU) in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. She works closely with a number of prisons, including HMP Whatton and HMP Stafford. SOCAMRU specialises in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and evaluations that have an applied focus with practical outcomes. Belinda has a particular focus on engaging and involving service users (prisoners and those with convictions) with research and evaluations, and runs monthly service user groups in prison/community. She has received two Butler Trust certificates for her work on prisoner rehabilitation. Belinda is responsible for overseeing the research and evaluations that underpin the charity’s projects. She was a co-founder and trustee of the environmental charity Trees for Cities and has substantive experience in setting up and managing charitable organisations.

Rebecca Lievesley is a lecturer in Psychology and member of the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University. She has worked and researched within the Criminal Justice System since 2008, working closely with a number of prisons, the National Offender Management Service and Ministry of Justice on research and evaluation projects.


S TurnerSteve Turner is the Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Whatton. He has worked for the Prison Service since 2000 with various offender groups including male adults, young offenders, juveniles, and most recently with sexual offenders.

D RowsonDr David Rowson is a Forensic Accountant at the Solicitors Regulation Authority and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. David worked in private practice for several years before joining the SRA in 1996.  He has worked with many charities as a Chartered Accountant and Treasurer since 1992, including Trafford Crossroads and Trees for Cities.  He has completed a PhD in fraud management and investigations and was a contributor to the book, A Psychologist's Casebook of Crime: From Arson to Voyeurism, as a co-author of a chapter on fraud. David has been involved with the Safer Living Foundation since its formation and became Trustee and Treasurer in 2014.

Dr Geri Akerman photoDr Geraldine Akerman is a chartered and HCPC registered forensic psychologist, Euro Psych, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has worked for the prison service since 1999 assessing risk and providing treatment to men convicted of violent and sexual offences and with personality disorder. She sits on the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology Executive Committee, (and is currently the Conference lead), National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers Research committee, and is a member of ATSA, IATSO and the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapists. She became a Trustee for the Safer Living Foundation in 2017. Geraldine has published articles, and book chapters in peer reviewed journals on the subjects of offence paralleling behaviour, managing deviant sexual fantasies, sexual interests, sexual offending and ex-service personnel in prison and edited a book on Enabling Environments. Geraldine currently works as a Therapy Manager at HMP Grendon and completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham (UK). Geraldine is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and Cardiff Metropolitan University.