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The Butler Trust Annual Awards, now in their 31st year, was held on 10 March 2016 to recognise outstanding contributions by people working in UK prisons, probation and youth justice.
Nigel is one of only 20 people commended out of hundreds of nominations to the annual awards. After the Ceremony Nigel met the Princess in the Palace’s State Rooms, as well as the Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation, Andrew Selous MP.
Nigel was commended in particular for a combination of his contribution to the development of service user involvement in London Probation/CRC and the development of a national training programme for probation practitioners – Skills for Effective Engagement, Development and Supervision (SEEDS).
According to the citation, read out during the Ceremony by The Butler Trust’s Director, Simon Shepherd, Nigel is described as “a true pioneer of the criminal justice sector.”
Since beginning his career in probation in 1979, Nigel has pioneered innovative probation practice which is now regarded as the ‘industry standard’. With a total of 36 years of probation service experience, for the past 25 years Nigel has continually been at the forefront of innovation and best practice, leading on improvements in frontline service delivery both locally, nationally and internationally.
His admirable track record of achievement led to him designing the Structured Supervision Programme, a one-to-one programme for offenders who are not suitable for accredited group programmes.
This led to the development of Skills for Effective Engagement, Development and Supervision (SEEDS) which is now regarded as a blueprint for the one to one supervision of offenders.
Nigel also has an interest in international best practice and this led to his involvement in piloting SEEDS in Romania in order to test the feasibility of transferring a model of one-to-one supervision across EU member states.
The pilot proved to be very successful and was part of a wider EU funded project.