chief executive officer, Unlocked Graduates
Natasha Porter is founder and chief executive officer of Unlocked Graduates. The organisation launched in 2016 and has the explicit aim of attracting high calibre graduate talent to work as prison officers for two years, alongside completing a bespoke leadership development programme and fully funded master’s degree in Leadership. These graduates inject new energy, ideas and insight into the rehabilitation of prisoners and the reform of our prison system, as well as raising the status of the prison officer role and diversifying the work force. There are currently two cohorts of 150 participants on the Unlocked programme, and they are working as prison officers across 14 prisons in London and the surrounding areas.
Prior to founding Unlocked, Natasha spent eight years as a teacher and senior leader in inner city secondary schools. She also co-founded one of the first new academies, King Solomon Academy in West London. After teaching Natasha worked in policy at the Department for Education, Ministry of Justice, and the think tank Policy Exchange.
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