About us

Transform Justice was set up in 2012 by Penelope Gibbs, a former magistrate who had worked (successfully) to reduce child and youth imprisonment in the UK. The charity will help create a better justice system in the UK, a system which is fairer, more open, more humane and more effective. Transform Justice will enhance the system through promoting change – by generating research and evidence to show how the system works and how it could be improved, and by persuading the public to support those changes and practitioners and politicians to make them.

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Penelope Gibbs Penelope Gibbs worked in radio production and at the BBC before being inspired to influence social change in the third sector. She set up the Voluntary Action Media Unit at TimeBank before joining the Prison Reform Trust to run the Out of Trouble – a five year campaign to reduce child and youth imprisonment. Under her watch the number of children in prison in the UK fell by a third. Penelope has also sat as a magistrate.

Fionnuala Ratcliffe Fionnuala Ratcliffe is a researcher for Transform Justice. After spending five years as a consultant specialising in public and community engagement she later worked on policy and communications for the Restorative Justice Council. She is also a facilitator and volunteers for the charity Circles South East.


Chris Stanley Former head of policy for Nacro, retired magistrate

Philippa Budgen Media and communications consultant – criminal justice. Prison visitor for 15 years

Dr Hannah Quirk Senior academic in criminal law researching wrongful convictions

Jason Yule Experienced finance professional 

Nicola Lowit Former senior civil servant in the Ministry of Justice. Freelance facilitator and mindfulness teacher

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