SECURE YOUR PLACE

Claudia Sturt

Claudia Sturt

Executive Director, Security, Order and Counter Terrorism,
Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service

Joined HM Prison Service as Prison Officer 1992, following Oxford history degree and two years as 'Jilleroo' and horse trainer in Australia and having failed RCB (Army Officer Selection Board) as ‘Untrainable'. Prison jobs at Grendon, Spring Hill, Aylesbury, Bristol, Wormwood Scrubs then Governor HMP Erlestoke, Governor HMP Dartmoor, Governor HMP Winchester, Governor HMP Belmarsh. 2009-2016 Deputy Director, Custody (South Central), responsible for all prisons in Thames Valley, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, as well as all establishments in the Public Sector operated Immigration Removal estate, Prisons Directorate lead for Indeterminate Sentence (Lifer) Prisoners, for personality disorder and violence reduction. ‘Gold’ Commander for serious incidents. Since 2016 Executive Director Security, Order and Counter-Terrorism, responsible for National Security issues in prisons and probation including extremism, serious organised crime, corruption, the Prison and Probation Service National Intelligence Unit, and Operational Prison Security issues such as security practice and standards, serious incident response, crime in prison and key technological threats (mobile phones, accessing internet, drones). Other roles have included, Market Test Lead for the Isle of Sheppey prisons, Directorate lead for Older Prisoners & Social Care and Senior Investigating Officer. Winner, Public Service Team of the Year 2004 (HMP Dartmoor); Runner-up, Public Servants of the Year 2007 (HMP Belmarsh); Butler Trust Major Open Award Winner 2009 for Leadership as Governor of HMP Belmarsh. Since 2013 a Trustee for the Butler Trust. Married to Padre Joseph Moesel (Assistant Chaplain General UK 1DIV), mother of twin sons age 8. Originally from Devon, currently living in York. Interests include history, riding, skiing and long-distance cycling (fund-raising for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity).

  • Assessing how prisons can successfully tackle the risk presented by extreme prisoners
  • Analysing the role of high-quality training to support frontline prison and probation staff in identifying, reporting and combatting extreme behaviour
  • Exploring how targeted interventions can support rehabilitation and reintegration into society for prisoners on release