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Prison Survival Guide
Steve Hamer
Steve Hamer
Chairman
Cheryl Carter
Charlie Overend
Bettina Jordan-Barber
Steve Dagworthy
Damien‎ McCrystal
Barry Mason

Steve Hamer - Chairman

Steve Hamer is former managing director of the National Sporting Club Piccadilly and Chairman of Swansea City F C. The concept of Prison Consultants UK was brought to him by Steve Dagworthy, a friend and former colleague, who highlighted the hopelessness of restoring normal life following a prison sentence and the enormous cost to the country every year of recidivism.

With this knowledge and belief Steve supported the start up of the business and now is Chairman of the company.

Cheryl Carter - Director

Cheryl Carter was a Personal Assistant at the highest level with over 30 years experience within the newspaper industry. In January 2012 she was arrested and subsequently charged in May 2012 with Perverting the Course of Justice. This led to her involvement in the high profile Phone Hacking Trial at the Old Bailey which lasted for 8 months.

The complicated and seemingly never ending legal process destroyed her and her family’s life during this period resulting in her suffering the condition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It was during this trial that she met Steve Dagworthy who helped her get through this most unhappy period of her life.

Cheryl’s experience during this time, particularly during the long period on Police bail and subsequently being charged has given her a passion to want help others who have to go through this process.

The fear of Prison is constantly hanging over the defendant and Cheryl is convinced that had she met Steve prior to her trial during the period of great uncertainty as to her fate with his understanding of what process and procedures are endured when convicted would have helped ease her fears and subsequent anxieties.

Cheryl joined Prison Consultants after her trial concluded in July 2014 and now holds a Life Coach Diploma.

Charlie Overend - Senior Consultant

Charlie Overend was sentenced to 5 years 9 months at Southwark Crown Court in 2010 for Fraud offences after a career in the Civil Service and at the same time building a large Buy to Let Property Portfolio.

Throughout his sentence he became aware at the total lack of support, guidance and information available to people and their families who were entering or who were already in the judicial system save, for the legal process.

After meeting Steve Dagworthy at an Open Prison, this subject was discussed by both on regular occasions and they both felt that something needed to be done. Upon his release from prison Charlie was delighted to re acquaint with his friend to become a valued and skilled member of the Consulting team.

Charlie is 52 years old and holds a Life Coaching diploma.

Bettina Jordan-Barber - Senior Consultant

Bettina received a 12 month prison sentence for Conspiracy to Commit Misconduct in Public Office. She had spent 17 years as a skilled policy maker and administrator with the Ministry of Defence, delivering at both the operational and strategic level in central government. An accomplished leader with a proven track record of delivery, working to task, to deadlines, under pressure and while a situation was evolving.

Her personal experience of both deploying to and living in war zones helped her greatly when it came to spending time at HMP Holloway. The rules and environment however, were different. As different to anything she had ever
known before as they could have been. It was alien and frightening.

All the way through what was an extremely lengthy legal case Bettina felt something was lacking in preparing her for the worst case scenario and beyond. While serving her sentence Bettina saw that others had not been prepared either. Once the door has closed and the key has turned, you are on your own.

Her experience of drafting letters, presentations and speeches helped her with the prison staff as she reasoned her way through her time in prison. It also enabled her to help others who were at HMP Holloway and HMP East
Sutton Park with her. She had several successes, even while in prison, of getting the right results for fellow inmates over a whole range of issues; getting video conference calls; prison transfers and external visits to dying
relatives.

Bettina joined Prison Consultants in May 2015. She has already been widely quoted in the British and European newspapers.

Steve Dagworthy - Senior Consultant

Steve Dagworthy received a 6 year prison sentence for fraud after a career spanning over 20 years as a broker in the commercial finance industry. Prison came as a complete shock to him. Suddenly, he was in an alien environment. He didn't know the rules, He had no one to tell him what to expect.
He learned the hard way: by trial and error. By making mistakes. By reading up on the prison rules. By keeping his ears open and his mouth shut.

And as he learned he progressed through the prison system.

Then he came across a newspaper article about an American Prison Consultant and discovered that Prison Consultancy was an established business in the USA. So Steve approached his good friend and former colleague Steve Hamer, who supported him in establishing Prison Consultants Ltd in the UK in 2013.

Steve has been widely quoted and featured in the UK, Europe and South America in newspapers, and on TV and Radio.

Damien McCrystal - PR Consultant

Damien McCrystal worked as a newspaper journalist for a quarter of a century, writing for the business pages of titles as diverse as The Sun, Daily Mail, Observer, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Business.

Since 2005 he has been an independent public relations consultant, specialising in critical situations and reputation crisis management, working more often than not behind the scenes to reduce notoriety stress. In addition, he has managed more traditional public relations projects such as profile-building and fund-raising support.

As well providing public relations advise to Prison Consultants Ltd since its launch, Damien’s services can be made available to the company’s clients if required.

Barry Mason - Prison Law Consultant

Barry is our prison law specialist with 10 years working within the prison service. Barry joined HMP Service in 2005 and  worked his way up from Wing Officer through to the grade of Governor. He left in 2015.

Barry has worked in almost every area within the  Prison Service and has built up a vast inside knowledge of the rules and regimes. He has worked on first night centres, segregation and residential units. This combined experience gives him excellent insight into the problems that can occur in custody and a proven ability to help solve them at an operational level.

Whilst employed in the prison service Barry worked with prisoners families helping them cope with what is an extremely stressful time. As well as working for Prison Consultants Ltd, Barry also works as a volunteer giving talks in schools to children about the consequences of criminal activity.
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