Our Values

The following values guide our work:

We put prisoners first

Our first duty is to help prisoners realise their potential as positive contributors to society.

We remember the human

We seek to be authentic, passionate and empathic, to remember we can all make mistakes and to listen with care and impartiality. We believe that by taking the carefully considered risk to trust others, we empower others.

We want to make a difference

We aim to explore growth options for The Hardman Trust and to consider the likely impact of following particular routes to change. We aim to follow those that will make the greatest positive difference.

We work as partners

We seek to build stronger relationships with highest ethical standards in our dealings with individual partners and with partner organisations. In our dealings with others we foster the values of openness, honesty, tolerance, fairness and responsibility in all areas. We strive to create an atmosphere of community, collegiality and cooperation for everyone we work with.

Lives Changed

We have a growing number of case studies which demonstrate the effectiveness of the awards in leading to opportunities in the future. Some of the recipients had no formal education before coming to prison. The awards can provide goals upon release which are important to help bring structure to those facing life outside, often for the first time in many years.

RH awarded £325 for a City and Guilds Floristry Course

RH has undertaken and been successful in completing many courses in a range of subjects whilst in prison. Our assessor found him to be a very bubbly and confident character who knows what he wants for his future. He is clearly doing all he can to achieve it. He is...

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Giving me the confidence and self-belief I needed

Donna made many bad decisions when she was young, the result of which was ten years spent in prison. She is due for release soon, and her perspective on life has changed utterly. She is determined to make something of herself and to help other people. In prison she...

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The chance for us to be just an ordinary family again

Darren was implicated in a serious crime. It was the first time he had ever done such a thing, and Darren was horrified to learn that he would be spending a lengthy time in prison. Married with two very small children, he was a motor mechanic with his own small...

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Guy Armstrong, The Hardman Trust Founder, was a Hardman Trust Assessor. He made it clear right from the beginning that it was important that candidates for awards should see ‘the face of the Trust’.

We recognise the importance of a personal approach in all that we do. The selection process includes an assessment of the prisoner’s progress, and a one-to-one interview by one of our 19 volunteer Assessors who visit prisons in England, Wales and Scotland. Five of our Assessors are also Hardman Trustees and five are themselves former Hardman Award winners who have resettled well and now want to put something back by helping those still inside.

Feedback from prisoners confirms that they hugely value the visit from the Hardman Assessor irrespective of the outcome of their application.

Prison Liaison

Our prison liaison will have many duties and responsibilities working within their prisons and we are very grateful to them for giving their precious time to oversee the Hardman Award Scheme in their respective establishments. Without them it would not be possible to offer prisoners in their prisons an added opportunity to transform their lives through winning the morale-boosting Hardman Award. Many of our prison liaison have attended one or several of our award ceremonies where they experience the ‘feel-good factor’ that comes with seeing those they help gain a special award.

Our liaison publicise the Hardman Award Scheme within their prisons, help with the completion of application forms, arrange interview dates and times with our Assessors, help organise permission and transport so that award winners can attend our Award Ceremonies, and help administer the payment of the awards.

Our Trustees
Hugh Lenon

Chair and a Hardman Assessor, Hugh has a commercial background and is chairman of an investment business. In addition to the Hardman Trust, Hugh has been involved in the publication of two prison reform reports and he is a trustee of Prisoners’ Education Trust.

John Holmes
Treasurer, John has a background in banking, more recently specialist asset finance and has been involved with business mentoring over many years. He has previously held several treasurer roles within the charity sector.
Debbie Leach
Assessor for Kent and Sussex. Regional Kent and Sussex Head of Learning, Skills and Employment. Experience in the resettlement estate for eight years and building on sustainable employment opportunities for release.
Jamie Bennett
Jamie has worked within the prison system for 20 years and is currently a Governing Governor, the Editor of Prison Service Journal and a Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology.
Peter Ellis

Peter has been an Assessor for Wales for 12 years. He is a lecturer in business studies and an independent advisor on education for various charities.

Kelly Carmichael
An in-house solicitor specialising in corporate and commercial law.
Hanif Mohammed

Previous recipient award winner and a Director of In2Change South Yorkshire Ltd, a charity that assists in the rehabilitation of prisoners by providing training and employment opportunities. Hanif is one of the Trust’s Assessors for Yorkshire.

Graham Jones

Graham is a retired Circuit Judge and is currently Vice-President SSAFA, President St John Ambulance (Avon). He has joined the Trust’s Assessor Team and assesses candidates for Hardman Awards in Gloucestershire.

Our Staff

Our one full-time staff member, with the help of his part-time admin support, is responsible for raising funds for the charity and for the delivery and development of both the Hardman Awards and the Hardman Directory. 

Ian Wilson

Ian joined the Hardman Trust in 1998. Since then he has developed a large network of professional relationships within the sector. He is delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the Board to develop and, if successful in raising sufficient money, deliver the proposed growth plan.

Message from our Patron

“Everyone responds positively to encouragement. This includes prisoners. It is important that, when prisoners achieve, this is publicly recogised. Recognition will promote further achievement, which will be of benefit to the Prison Service, the morale of other prisoners, and the public.

This is what The Hardman Trust is about. As an independent charity devoted to the recognition of prisoners’ achievements, the Trust provides the encouragement prisoners need if they are to make the best use of their time in prison.”

The Right Honourable The Lord Woolf
Our Founder
The Trust was founded in 1994 by Lt Col. The Revd. Guy Armstrong OBE who had a long association with HMP Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight as a prison chaplain.

The Trust was named after Governor V, David Hardman of Parkhurst Prison who died just before the Trust was founded. He was much respected and admired by both staff and prisoners.

Guy Armstrong died in 2002, and during his life served as an army officer and later as an Anglican priest.

When speaking of his working life, Guy said that founding The Hardman Trust was the best thing he had ever done.

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