Dr Danielle McDermott adds to the Tempus Novo talent

We are happy to announce Dr Danielle McDermott as a new Tempus Novo Ambassador.

She brings with her a wealth of experience that will be vital in the growth of Tempus Novo as we look to help more and more people.

The CEO, Steve Freer, said: “It gives us all at Tempus Novo the greatest of pleasure to finally welcome Danielle to the team. She has been a huge supporter of our work from the beginning and has championed our cause in different ways, not least identifying students at Leeds Trinity University keen to get involved in rehabilitating offenders.

Danielle has a passion for the rehabilitation of offenders herself and was quick to spot the impact Tempus Novo is making. Both in her capacity as Senior Lecturer at one of Europe’s finest Universities and on a personal level, she will add huge value. “

Danielle’s Bio:

Danielle is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for the BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology Degree at Leeds Trinity University. Danielle holds a PhD in Forensic Psychology from the Institute for Psychological Sciences at the University of Leeds and is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society. Recently, she has been selected as a member of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) Advisory panel, providing advice to the YJB and Ministry of Justice youth justice colleagues on evidence for developing policy and practice. Danielle is currently working as the Principal Investigator on a commissioned piece of research by Tempus Novo to produce an evaluation report and she has been appointed as a Research Fellow on a consultancy basis for University of Huddersfield, working with the international None in Three Research Centre. More recently, Danielle and her team won a bid with Unlocked Graduates to deliver an MSc in Applied Custodial Leadership. The proposed Masters is an integral part of the two-year Unlocked leadership programme and will be delivered in partnership with Unlocked Graduates; a pioneering charity which aims to improve the way in which public sector leaders are developed, as well being in the forefront of innovation within prisons. Participants on the Unlocked programme will work full-time as Prison Officers at prisons across the UK, as well as completing a funded, two-year, part-time Masters’ degree.

Prior to working in academia, Danielle spent seven years working in the Psychology Department of one of England’s busiest local prisons (HMP Leeds), housing male prisoners aged 21 and above. Danielle was appointed as the Treatment Manager for the Safer Custody Unit at HMP Leeds; a specialist unit for vulnerable prisoners at risk of self-harming and committing suicide. Danielle designed and delivered a psychosocial programme aimed at increasing skills in impulsive and emotional management, communication, and problem-solving skills. Danielle later went on to work with male juveniles at HMYOI Wetherby, and in particular, worked with young people who committed serious violent and sexual offences; conducting risk assessments and designing and delivering tailored interventions. In Danielle’s first year working for Her Majesty’s Prison Service, she won the Prison Service Staff of the Year Award, regionally and later nationally. She also received a certificate of commendation from the Butler Trust for outstanding contribution within the Prison Service.

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