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Patrons & Ambassadors

Patron Howard Webb MBE (BT Sports expert analyser; Saudi Arabia Director of Refereeing and Former Premier League and FIFA referee)

Now one of the world’s most high profile referees, for much of his career Howard Webb combined football officialdom with work as a police sergeant.

Born in Rotherham, where he still lives with his family, Howard Webb began refereeing in 1989. In 2003 he was promoted to the referees list of the FA Premier League, the FIFA International list in 2005, then the list of Elite European referees in 2007.

In 2008 he took an extended career break from his work as a sergeant in the South Yorkshire police to focus on refereeing, including being the only British referee to officiate at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

He has taken charge of many notable matches including the FA Community Shield, the Carling Cup Final, the FA Cup Final and has refereed at the UEFA European Championships.

In 2010 he refereed four matches at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and that year became the first referee to take charge of the Champions League and World Cup finals in the same year.

Awarded the MBE in 2011 for services to football, he is also a patron for the Yorkshire charities Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and PhysCap.

“I’m extremely proud to be a patron for Prison Me! No Way!, having been very impressed by the excellent work they do in diverting young people away from crime by providing education about the consequences of decisions young people make.

Patron Anthony Taylor (Premier League & FIFA Referee)

Anthony Taylor has been a Premier League referee since 2010 and has officiated in professional football since 2006. After becoming a listed FIFA referee in 2013, he can officiate in European and international matches.

He has a longstanding links to the Prison Service and worked as a prison officer for 10 years where he gained a variety of experiences relating to the impact of the criminal justice system. He retired from the Prison Service in late 2012 to further his refereeing ambitions.

As well as helping to actively deliver some of PMNW!’s Crime Days, he has delivered the Get on With the Game initiative to primary schools on behalf of the Premier League.

“Encouraging young people from an early age to be respectful and for them to consider the consequences of their actions can be beneficial in the long term.

“I believe that that there is a strong message, in particular, from Prison Me! No-Way!’s Crime Days. They can convey to young people that the many challenges that lie ahead of them are of the utmost importance and can help provide a proactive approach to how they lead their lives.”

Ambassador Lady Edwina Grosvenor

I have worked in and around the prison service since I was 18. The fascination began on my gap year when I travelled to Nepal alone. I worked for a charity called The Esther Benjamin’s Trust who were trying to get innocent children removed from prison where they were serving time along side their parents, many of whom hadn’t yet been sentenced.

This led to my passion for prisons and finding a better way to punish those who end up inside. 

Reoffending rates indicate we are making very expensive mistakes and this is what I care about. I studied Criminology and Sociology at Northumbria University and Criminal Behaviour at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.

I am a philanthropist and concentrate my giving on criminal justice issues.

I have worked in the Styal female prison in Manchester and for many different organisations which work with inmates all over the country. I worked for five years in The House of Lords for the Bishop of Liverpool in his role as the Bishop of Prisons for England and Wales. As a Lord Bishop his job was to speak in the chambers on all prison issues and this is the role that I supported and advised on.

I sit on the Women’s Advisory Board, which is advising the Government and overseeing the reforms to the female prison estate, and on the advisory board to the Oxford University Criminology faculty.

In 2009, I helped to start the Clink restaurant chain and have been a serving trustee since 2010. 

The Clink restaurants are fine dining establishments built both inside and outside the prison walls in order for inmates to be trained in catering and hospitality so that they can move seamlessly from prison to employment. We hope to have 13 restaurants by 2017.

We are not for profit and we measure our success on our reoffending rate, which is 12 per cent compared to the Government’s which is 54 per cent.

“PMNW is fun, exciting, educational and inspirational and, having been around the prison service for many years now, I feel very honoured to be part of this exceptional organisation.

“I believe passionately that children need to be educated in the area of crime and consequence in order to deter them from a life of trouble.”

Patron Stephen Hagan

The No Way Trust is thrilled and delighted to welcome Stephen Hagan as our new esteemed patron – joining Howard Webb and Anthony Taylor in supporting and promoting our charitable work in the community.

Stephen first worked with PMNW in 2001 when starting out on his acting career as a 16 year old. He portrayed a young man’s first night alone in a prison cell in a film made for the Northern Ireland Prison Service branch of our charity. Entitled ’I Can Hack It’ the film supported the work of our dedicated NI volunteers for several years’ Stephen – now 31 – latest starring role was in the highly acclaimed ‘Lucky Man’ series shown on Sky one – which coincidentally also included another portrayal of prison life. He also starred in the film ‘Risen’ released earlier this year which rose to number 2 at the USA Box Office.

In between first working for the Trust in 2001 and 2016 Stephen has gained many acting accolades starring in many stage productions and films in the UK and USA. His popularity and versatility as an actor means demand for his services is growing rapidly with many new projects on the horizon and a second series of ‘Lucky Man’ commissioned.

Following a visit to one of our PMNW Crime and Safety Awareness Days held at Phoenix School in London Stephen commented: –  “PMNW does amazing work for young people around the UK. It doesn’t preach to them and doesn’t tell them not to do things. It just delivers facts and experiences. Most of which I didn’t know beforehand. Giving them the facts they need to make the right decisions.”

It is our privilege to welcome stephen back in to the fold of PMNW. He will be out and about supporting our work in the community and he could turn up unannounced any time – any place.