Penelope Gibbs worked in radio production and at the BBC before being inspired to influence social change in the third sector. She set up the Voluntary Action Media Unit at TimeBank before joining the Prison Reform Trust to run Out of Trouble – a five year campaign to reduce child and youth imprisonment. Under her watch, the number of children in prison in the UK fell by a third.
In 2012, Penelope set up Transform Justice, a charity designed to help create a fairer, more open, more humane and more effective justice system in the UK.
Penelope has sat as a magistrate; she is the Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Youth Justice; and she is a research associate of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford.