Executive Management Team

Frances Crook
Chief Executive

Appointed in 1986, Frances Crook has been responsible for research programmes and campaigns to raise public concern about suicides in prison, the over-use of custody, poor conditions in prison, young people in trouble, and mothers in prison. She writes articles for the national media and does interviews on radio and television. She was awarded an OBE for services to youth justice in the 2010 New Year Honours List. She was appointed a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics in 2010. She has been appointed an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of Criminology at Leicester University in 2014.

Anita Dockley
Research Director

Anita Dockley is responsible for developing the charity’s research capacity, forging links with academics and universities, funders and partner organisations. Her own research interests include suicide and self-harm in prisons, women in prison and order and control in the prison environment. She has recently been appointed as a member of  the law sub panel in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessments. She is also a member of the Perrie Lectures Committee.

Dr Laura Janes
Legal Director

Laura Janes is a consultant solicitor with higher rights in the civil courts. Laura is currently responsible for overseeing the legal team. She first joined the Howard League in 2005. Laura has developed an expertise in advising and representing children and young people in penal detention in relation to prison law, public law and criminal appeal matters. She was named lawyer to watch by the Guardian in 2012. Laura sits on the Law Society's women's committee and represents the Howard League for Penal Reform on the executive committee of the Association of Prison Lawyers. She is also a Board Member for the Legal Action Group and recently completed a professional doctorate in Youth Justice at the University of Bedfordshire.

Euginia Lolomari
Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Euginia Lolomari is responsible for finance, administration and business development. She leads on finance, resources, membership and personnel issues.

Andrew Neilson
Director of Campaigns

Andrew Neilson leads the campaigns team. He was previously press and communications manager at the Howard League and was a government press officer for seven years. Andrew has a MSc in voluntary sector management from Cass Business School.