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Linda Pizani Williams - Chair

Linda Pizani Williams qualified as a probation officer in 1980 after working as a volunteer with the service since 1972. She worked for Kent Probation Service in a variety of roles until 2000, including two years in Cookham Wood women's prison. Her last six years with the service were spent developing the European dimension, attracting a considerable contribution from the European Social Fund to support the employabilty of ex-offenders through education, training and vocational qualifications. She worked with colleagues from across Europe to share ideas and good practice in the effective resettlement of offenders in the community.

From 2000 until 2008 she worked at the European Institute of Social Services based at the University of Kent, developing and managing various transitional projects to support disadvantaged and marginalised groups and promote social inclusion. Since 2008, Linda has worked as an independent consultant with colleagues both in the UK and across Europe on a wide range of projects as project manager, transitional coordinator and external evaluator.

She has undertaken research in diverse subjects from preventing radicalisation of prisoners and hate crime to the treatment of Gypsies and Travellers in the criminal justice system. Linda is also an external expert with the European Commission, Directorate General for Justice, evaluating applications for funding to various programmes.