All media enquiries or requests to re-use materials should be directed to the Media team on 020 75616874 (office hours) or email [email protected].
Please note, we cannot discuss individual cases without the express consent of the individual or individuals concerned but we can offer expert advice on:
- The conditions of overseas prisons
- The welfare needs of people detained overseas
- The needs of families
- Rebuilding lives through our resettlement service
Pauline Crowe, OBE, Chief Executive
Pauline has almost thirty years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector, including leadership positions with the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) and the London Community Foundation. Pauline is responsible for the governance and achieving the strategic goals of Prisoners Abroad and leads the team of twenty-five staff and many volunteers. She has been Chief Executive of Prisoners Abroad since 2003 and was awarded an OBE in 2007 in recognition of the organisation’s vital work. She served as a lay committee member on the South East London Cancer Network for some years and is currently a member of the Governance & Audit Committee of Sail Training International.
Laura Bevan, Prisoner and Family Support Service Manager
Laura Bevan is a graduate of University College London, holding a BA in French and a Post-graduate Diploma in French to English translation. Laura started as a caseworker at Prisoners Abroad in 2004, providing support to prisoners and their families and focusing on Europe and South America. As part of this role she visited prisons in Ireland, France, Brazil and Venezuela, and witnessed the appalling conditions people face.
Laura has also worked for Penal Reform International – an NGO promoting reduction in prison sentences, the abolition of the death penalty and torture prevention around the world – where she focused on women’s imprisonment, and was a Trustee of the UK charity Family Lives, incorporating Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families.
Alan Hooker, Prisoner and Family Project Coordinator
Alan is a languages graduate, he has a degree in French and Spanish and a Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Legal Spanish). Alan first joined Prisoners Abroad in 1997 and now heads our family work, developing and delivering the family services needed. Alan has visited prisons in Venezuela and Spain and trained Consular staff in Washington. He has also held senior management and trust fundraising posts in the voluntary sector including five years as a director of a community-based charity supporting prisoners’ families.
Emma Rowland, Senior Caseworker
Emma graduated from Durham University in 2008 with a BA in French and Spanish. Emma puts her languages to use working closely with people imprisoned in France and their families – although like her colleagues she will deal with cases all over the world.
Prior to joining Prisoners Abroad Emma worked for the Family Holiday Association for four years.
Matthew Pinches, Senior Caseworker
Matthew is a law graduate who came to work at Prisoners Abroad in 2003. Matthew has visited many prisons overseas including in Trinidad and Thailand. He manages the survival grants system – ensuring that our life-saving grants reach the people that need them. Matthew also represents Prisoners Abroad on the Legal Experts Advisory Board of Fair Trials, which reviews legal policy and practice across Europe and makes recommendations to the European Parliament. Prior to joining Prisoners Abroad Matthew was a languages teacher.
Prisoners Abroad’s media team is comprised of five staff members. They have extensive experience dealing with press queries and can provide comments and organise live telephone and TV interviews quickly.