Rob Douglas
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Rob Douglas CBE DL

Chair of the Surrey Learning and Skills Council from 2000-08, and a member of the LSC South East Regional Council, Rob Douglas is a Board Member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and was appointed a CBE in 2005 for services to learning and skills. So he has an innate understanding of the vital importance of accredited training and resettlement skilling for prisoners through the intervention programmes offered by KeepOut. This – and the way he rapidly recognised the benefits for the young people who take part in our behaviour changing one-day workshops and learning and education role play – are what made us ask him to become a Patron of KeepOut. When Rob observed a KeepOut workshop at HMP Coldingley during his year as High Sheriff of Surrey 2010-11, he told us: “After a VIP visit in March, I had really wanted to go back to see the reaction of and the interaction with the youngsters and it was fascinating to see that, and their varying reactions. With some you could see the light bulbs going on, with others you felt that they were going through the motions. What impressed me at the end was how the prisoner team really challenged them on that and pushed them on any evasive answers to how they were going to change.  It is such a worthwhile programme; I just hope that the funding can continue to flow”.

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