JANE GOULD-SMITH, BCAi
Jane Gould-Smith has worked with ex-offenders after their release following her creation of national employment charity, Clean Sheet in 2010. She saw that there was a chasm between employers and people with convictions; there was no bridge and little trust between these two groups.
Clean Sheet members can access the Clean Sheet Employers Directory, exclusively for ex-offenders, and work with the Employer Team to find suitable work, training or volunteering. The organisation Jane has set up works with employers to educate and support, often as members take their first tentative steps to employment. There are now 105 registered Clean Sheet employers representing over 16,500 business centres, outlets, branches and sites across the UK, including Boots, M&S, Virgin Active, Halfords, Skanska, Ricoh and BidVest.
Currently Jane works with 22 prisons across the UK, directly and indirectly via partners such as the National Careers Service.
Jane’s nominator said: “Jane believes that as long as men and women leave prison jobless, there will always be a need for an organisation which believes that everyone deserves the chance to start again, with a ‘Clean Sheet’.”
Nominated by: Jane Holdaway