Roma Hooper

Chair, Prison Radio Association


Roma Hooper helped set up the first prison radio station in the UK in 1993 at Feltham Young Offenders, which was then the largest prison in Europe housing 15 to 21 year olds. She then went on to establish the Prison Radio Association in 2006. She is a criminal justice advisor and was also the founder of the Make Justice Work Campaign. She is currently chair of Spark Inside (providing life coaching to young offenders) and Women’s Breakout (supporting women’s centres throughout the UK). She is a trustee of the Comedy School which uses comedy in complex social settings such as prisons and those working with mental health patients. Roma first came involved with the voluntary sector when she was 26 and became the assistant director for Contact a Family. In 1991, with small children, she decided to undertake a part-time degree at Kingston University and then went to do a masters in criminal justice policy at the London School of Economics. During this time she became a vociferous volunteer at Feltham Young Offenders ultimately enabling her to gain employment there after completing her masters.


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