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Steve Robertson

Deputy Governor
HMP Guys Marsh (Confirmed)

Steve Robertson is a committed and conscientious Senior Prison Manager who has worked in prisons, policy and major projects for nearly 29 years. Steve has worked in a number of establishments and also in policy. In 2004 Steve was awarded the Lord Woolfe Award for his pioneering work with prolific offenders in the Bristol area. In 2008 Steve became the policy lead for prolific offenders nationally and then led the emerging work in integrated offender management. Steve has been the Deputy Governor at HMP Guys Marsh for two years and started the Growth Project with Dr Sarah Lewis, to collaboratively address the rehabilitative environment after a poor inspection.Steve is currently studying towards a Masters degree in Criminology and Penology at Cambridge University, using this learning to inform improvement in his approach to prison leadership and to the future direction of HMP Guys Marsh.      His focus is primarily based on his ambition to lead in prisons humanely, where the individual and families are at the centre of attention. Steve recognises the fundamental importance of relationships in prisons and notes that when this importance is accompanied by fairness, compassion and hope, those who are incarcerated have the best possible chance of change.

  • Adopting a whole-system approach by embracing the views, knowledge and experiences of staff and residents at the prison
  • Developing a research-informed project to promote continuous improvement and construct a rehabilitative environment and growth
  • Considering the Nordic model of punishment and how the principles of this system can be responsively applied to an English prison reform