Sally Benton arrives as Nacro seeks to influence government policy by promoting the impact of its work ‘on the ground’. She was previously senior comms manager for the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA), leading on public affairs. Prior to that she was policy adviser to the Metropolitan Police Authority.
At Nacro, which is headquartered in Vauxhall, south London, she reports to strategic development director Graham Beech and is leading a new team of six. She is charged with strengthening Nacro’s standing with Westminster, Whitehall and the Welsh Assembly Government, as well as running authoritative policy campaigns.
Priorities are the government’s policies on gangs and youth violence; to campaign on the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill to cut barriers to employment for ex-offenders; and to manage the Philip Lawrence Awards.
Nacro was founded almost 100 years ago and its name stands for the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders. It works with more than 80,000 people per year.
7th November 2011 by Ian Hall