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IoD Manchester - Lunch at The Clink

27 Feb 2020
The Clink Restaurant Styal, Wilmslow

We invite our IoD North West community to join us lunch at The Clink Restaurant; a brand new dining experience that is designed to transform the lives of women prisoners through work-based training and education.

Reoffending costs the UK taxpayer up to £15 billion each year. This has a negative impact upon society and our economy. Recent research shows that ex-offenders who find employment are less likely to commit further offences. We believe that our local business community can play a significant role in providing employment and training opportunities to transform individual prisoners’ lives. This event is an opportunity to hear positive personal stories and gain insights from local businesses who have tapped into the huge potential of ex-offenders to bridge their skills gap. You’ll also learn about how you might get involved and create opportunities in your organisation.

About The Clink

The women working in the restaurant are working towards City & Guilds NVQs in Food Service and Food Preparation and will be mentored following their release, to help them find employment within the UK hospitality industry.

Opened in April 2015, The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal is an innovative restaurant that delivers change to the community whilst offering a high end dining experience. Awarded The Sustainable Restaurant Association’s 3 Star Award the prisoners in training use quality, fresh and locally sourced produce to create classic dishes with a modern British twist.

What to expect

  • A unique dining experience, within the grounds of the women’s prison.
  • A delicious 2 course course lunch, cooked using fresh, seasonal ingredients and the latest cookery techniques.
  • You will be cooked for and served by women prisoners from HMP Styal who participate in The Clink Restaurants' training scheme.
  • Please note that no alcohol is served in the restaurant due to it being banned on prison premises.

Key details

Date & time: 27 Feb 2020 10:30 - 14:00
Location: The Clink Restaurant Styal, Wilmslow
CPD Hours:

Prices from

30.00 GBP + VAT - Member
37.50 GBP + VAT - Non-Member

Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 806 0890
Contact email:

10:30 Arrival, registration and networking

11:00: Welcome from Claire Ebrey, North West Regional Director and Sharon Amesu, IoD Manchester Regional Chair

11:30 Alasdair Jackson - CEO of the Charity arm of ‘Recycling Lives’ 

11:50 Lisa Crawford- HR Director for HSS hire

12:10 Q&A

12:30 Dinner is served - two courses, followed by tea's and coffee's and networking

14:00 Event closes


Sharon Amesu
S A Consulting Ltd.

Sharon Amesu is an award- winning Speaker. Sharon is a Criminal Barrister turned speaker and professional coach who takes her 16 years’ experience in the Courtroom to challenge leaders to Raise the Bar in the Boardroom. Sharon specifically helps leaders to, Manage Transition, increase Executive Presence and Increase their Influence through strong Personal Branding.

Sharon speaks at leadership conferences around the country, coaches senior executives across the UK and is currently one of only 4 Leadership Facilitators for the Society of Leadership Fellows, St George’s House, Windsor Castle. 

Lisa Crawford 
Head of Human Resources
HSS Hire

Lisa has led HR and recruitment for the HSS Hire Group for 9 years. From their Manchester Head Office, Lisa and her teams oversee all recruitment, colleague engagement, HR, reward, and payroll activity for over 2,500 colleagues across the UK and Ireland, across a broad range of sales, operations and head office support roles. 

Whilst further developing their inclusive recruitment strategy throughout 2019, Lisa and the team launched their New Futures programme, which aims to help ex-offenders back into employment. They now have 20 colleagues working within the business, either post release, or on a ROTL (release on temporary license) basis.

Alasdair Jackson
Chief Executive
Recycling Lives Charity

Alasdair has been with Recycling Lives since 2004, helping to grow it from being a regional business with charitable aims to a respected organisation comprising both a national business and separate sector-leading social enterprise.

He has always been hands-on across his roles, initially responsible for Recycling Lives Ltd’s operations and also Recycling Lives’ HMP Academies offender rehabilitation programme before taking on the role of charity Chief Executive full-time. He now also oversees the residential charity, which supports homeless men and the Food Redistribution Centre, which redistributes surplus food from supermarkets to communities and charities, as well as the growing rehabilitation programme.

Alasdair is recognised by colleagues, business leaders, prison governors and ministers as being the driving force of Recycling Lives’ significant success in rehabilitating offenders. His work – leading the teams across 11 prisons and working with employers to create employment opportunities – has led to an impressive success rate in engaging ex-offenders in meaningful work and training, supporting improved lifestyles and better life chances, and ultimately reducing reoffending. He was handed the Criminal Justice Champion award by the Howard League while Recycling Lives has won awards with the Corbett Network, Business in the Community and National Recycling Awards for its work combining recycling and rehabilitation.

He is a board member of the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending, and a member of the Corbett Network. He is also the proud dad of two children and the reluctant dad of an excitable dog.



Prices from

30.00 GBP + VAT - Member
37.50 GBP + VAT - Non-Member


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  • The Clink Restaurant Styal
  • HMP Styal
  • Wilmslow
  • SK9 4HR

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