Lord Ramsbotham, who has told us he is “unashamedly, banging the Good Vibrations gong”, served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales from 1995 to 2001. He is the Vice-Chair of the All Party Penal Affairs Group and the author of Prisongate: The Shocking State of Britain’s Prisons and the Need for Visionary Change.
In addition, he is the Honorary President of the Koestler Awards scheme, President of UNLOCK (the National Association of Ex-Offenders) and an Ambassador for the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT).
David is a former General of the British Army and has served in Germany, Kenya, Hong Kong, Borneo, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar. He was awarded a life peerage in 2005, and now sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords.