The CJA Awards, now in its sixth year and generously supported by the Hadley Trust, celebrate outstanding individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution towards creating a fair and effective criminal justice system.  


Outstanding Individual

  • Brendan Ross, Peer Circles Manager, St Giles Trust – winner
  • Michaela Booth, National Patient Engagement Lead for Health in Justice, Practice Plus Group – runner-up
  • Gavin McKenna, Founder, Reach Every Generation – runner-up
  • Kyle Mullings, Support Worker, Community Led Initiatives 
  • Ife Thompson, Founder, Black Protest Legal Support 

Outstanding Local / Regional Organisation

  • Children Heard and Seen – winner
  • Changing the Game – runner-up
  • The Footprints Project 
  • Odd Arts 
  • Offploy 

Outstanding National Organisation

  • Unlock – winner
  • Birth Companions – runner-up
  • The Parole Board 
  • Muslim Women’s Network UK
  • Black Protest Legal Support 

You can read more about the shortlisted candidates in the CJA Awards 2020 brochure.


The prizes for the CJA Awards 2020 were: 

  • Outstanding National Organisation will receive £3,000, and the runner up with receive £1,000. 
  • Outstanding Local / Regional Organisation will receive £3,000, and the runner up will receive £1,000. 
  • Outstanding Individual will receive £1,000, and the runner up will receive £500. 


The judges of the CJA Awards 2020 were:

  • Alexandra Wilson. A barrister and the author of ‘In Black and White: A Young Barrister’s Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System.’
  • Jamie Bennett. Former prison governor and Deputy Director for Operational Security at HMPPS. He is also Editor of the Prison Service Journal.
  • Whitney Clark. A youth consultant and Advisory Board Member for Peer Power, which was the Runner-Up of the Outstanding Organisation Award in 2019.
  • Pastor Lorraine Jones. CEO and Founder of Dwaynamics, which Lorraine set up in memory of her son. 

Awards ceremony

The awards ceremony took place on 26 November 2020, from 7pm to 9pm, broadcast live on YouTube from a studio in London. It was presented by Junior Smart, Founder of the St Giles Trust SOS Project.


If you have any other enquiries about the CJA Awards 2020 please call Jamie Morrell, Communications and Engagement Officer, on 07902 114 967, or email 

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