The Babington Centre, Trellech Village Hall

‘Beyond the Prison Wall – A Governor’s Perspective’ by Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA

Friday, 30th October 2015 7pm

Annual Trellech United Talk & Supper

Only 6 weeks to go before the speaker-led ‘talk & supper’ – A talk by former Governor of HMP Belmarsh & Penal Expert Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA ‘Beyond the Prison Wall – A Governor’s Perspective’

There are 12 tickets remaining and entry is by ticket-only.

Tickets are just £12 and include a two-course meal plus cheeseboard (with thanks to Mrs Sue Flower).  For more information and to purchase tickets, please click HERE.  You can also purchase tickets at Trellech Teas.

Join us for an informal, entertaining and insightful evening with former Governor of HMP Belmarsh, Geoffrey Hughes. Geoff is a penal expert and knowledgeable speaker who gives a practitioner’s view of imprisonment, crime and punishment, providing a fascinating insight into life behind prison walls.

A non-party-political talk and 2-course supper that is open to everyone to attend

Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA
Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA

Geoff was born and raised in Usk and was educated at Monmouth School. He spent 27 years in the Prison Service before retiring in 2008. During his HMP career he was the Governor of HMP Belmarsh (the highest security prison in UK), Cardiff and Drake Hall and served for 4 years as an inspector with HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

Before retirement he was Area Manager for all public sector prisons in Wales. A Founder member of the Prison Governors’ Association, Member of Penal Reform International and a Member of the Association of Churchill Fellows. He is now a Prison Consultant and advises prison services overseas.


Geoff Hughes trained as a teacher and taught for 9 years in comprehensive schools and a secure unit for disaffected adolescent boys. He joined the Prison Service in 1981 and spent 27 years in over 100 prisons in England and Wales. His experience includes working in young offender establishments, women’s prisons, adult male prisons and high security prisons.

Geoff governed 3 prisons, Belmarsh, Drake Hall and Cardiff and held important posts in Prison Service Headquarters including Head of Security.

As Governor he was responsible for running effective and efficient prisons to protect the public and to help reduce re-offending. The varied work included dealing with crises such as hostage taking incidents and concerted indiscipline by prisoners as well as managing political influence, media interest and industrial relations.

Whilst Governor of Belmarsh Prison he was responsible for nearly 1,000 staff and a budget of £35m.

Geoff spent 4 years on secondment to HM Inspectorate of Prisons reporting, on the treatment of and conditions for prisoners on behalf of 2 Chief Inspectors, Lord Ramsbotham and Dame Anne Owers. This involved leading teams on announced and unannounced visits to prisons throughout the country.

In 1999 he was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study prison inspection in Finland and Sweden.

Over the last 13 years Geoff has travelled extensively on prison work to countries including China, Argentina, Kosova, Australia, Bulgaria, Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Jamaica, Mongolia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France and Turkey as a consultant.


Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr. Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

6:30pm Pre-event subsidised ‘bar’.

7:00pm Talk by Geoffrey Hughes, ‘Beyond the Prison Wall – A Governor’s Perspective’ followed by a Q&A session.

8:00pm Raffle draw & supper.

Raffle Prizes:

  1. Bell’s Blended Scotch whisky, Help for Heroes limited edition (70cl)
  2. House of Commons Merlot, France (75cl), signed by the Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP.
  3. House of Commons handmade Champagne truffles (150g)

Entry is by TICKET-ONLY as numbers are limited
(£12 in advance of the evening, or £15 on the door if not sold out)