Managing Director of 2INVOLVE NPC
Stanley holds a BSc (Hon) Probation & Social Work Studies, a Post Graduate Diploma: Business Management and a PRINCE2 (Project Management Methodology) Award.
Stanley is currently the Special Advisor similar to a role of Chief of Staff to the Executive Director for London and Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company. I am supporting the Executive Director to deliver a wide variety of tasks and projects, including, but not limited to – Preparing for meetings with stakeholders such as local authorities, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), the National Probation Services (NPS), the Ministry of Justice and attending those meetings. I am also representing the Executive Director at internal meetings with colleagues from across the business in London and Thames Valley and working with the executive communications team to help deliver important information and messages to all staff and operations across the business. Whilst in the UK, I have completed my postgraduate studies in Business Management and PRINCE2 Project Management and have been privileged enough to lead many projects and to be recognised with numerous awards in my professional career over the years.
He was previously seconded to National Offender Management Service (NOMS, Ministry of Justice in London) where he was the policy lead on the Integrated Offender Management and Partnerships for England and Wales. During the last 20 years he has pursued a career both in his native South Africa and the United Kingdom, covering operational, policy and strategic management, human resource management, project management and international consultancy and advisory work.
Stanley Jacobs recently won Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Award at the annual SA Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in London, for his contribution towards criminal justice both at home and here in the UK. Global South Africans interviewed him to find out more...
I grew up in Cradock in the Eastern Cape – a famoustown in the Karoo where the Great Fisher River cuts through the town on its way to the Indian Ocean and where many travellers stop over to rest on their way to the Eastern Cape coastal destinations –the history of my hometown transcend over many centuries starting with Olive Schreiner as a women's right campaigner and a few decades ago the “Cradock Four”- who as anti-apartheid activists made Cradock the national focus during the struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa - sadly they were tragically murdered and a poignant memory of the funeral procession still remain with many of us who grew up in the townships of Lingelilhe and Michausdal at the time....
My schooling started inmy beloved township of Michausdal right from primary school to matricand I truly loved every minute of it. I am the eldest of 4 children who were raised by a working class single parent, a wonderful women who taught me to be humble and respectful yet confident, to believe in myself and to work hard in spite of the obstacles and challenges I faced in life.
My career started at the Department of Correctional Services in 1997 where I worked as a Social Worker/Probation Officer for approximately 6 years when I was offered the opportunity to advance my career in the UK Criminal Justice Sector in 2002. Since then, I have worked in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court (Supreme Court), Prison and Probation Services as a Probation Officer until 2008 when I moved into operational management and leadership. So far, I have been gracious enough with opportunities to divert my career over the last 15 years where I worked as the Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Project Lead at the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in London. More recently, I was seconded to the Ministry of Justice where I was appointed as the National Project and Policy Development Manager based at Her Majesty Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) which was a highlight of my career. I was leading a team of senior managers and criminal justice stakeholders where we developed a national policy and framework to deliver an Integrated Offender Management (IOM) approach for the Prison Services, Police Forces, Probation Services, Courts and the Voluntary Community Sectors who work with prolific and persistent offenders/prisoners who caused the most harm and impact on victims and the local communities where the churn of their behaviour has financial impact on state institutions. This policy was successfully implemented in 2015 which now mandate compliance from every criminal justice provider to work collectively to rehabilitate these types of offenders/prisoners to protect the public from harm by making local communities feeling safer. Until recent, I was employed as a Senior Operations Manager for the London Community Rehabilitation Company based at Bexley Magistrates Court where I am part of the senior leadership for the South East of London. My role involved setting strategic direction, leading staff and managing operations, collaboration and working with local stakeholders and partners, delivering effective and efficient services to the public in the rehabilitation and management of offenders to reduce re- offending.
My career highlights over the last 2 decades is another achievement I'm proud of – one which stands out is the recognition received from the Butler Trust Awards for services delivered to the criminal justice sector in London. The Butler Trust recognises criminal justice professionals working in the correctional and probation delivery for their outstanding work. It gives credit where it’s due to staff, volunteers and partners working in UK prisons, probation services, criminal justice and youth justice. The Butler Trust Awards was launched in 1985, which is an acclaimed and the highest level of recognition for professionals working in the criminal justice sector in the UK overseen by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Ann as the Patron. Another great achievement was when I was invited as a keynote speaker representing the British Criminal Justice Sector in my home country. I was invited by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in collaboration with Mr Yusuf Abramjee from Crime Stoppers International at the 35th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference in Cape Town hosted by SA in 2014. To have shared the stage with my idols and icons such as our legendary Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Adv. Thuli Madonsela and Mr Abramjee et al was truly an honour and a watershed moment in my lifetime.
Another massive achievement in my lifetime, is the establishment of 2INVOLVE NPC (www.2involve.org.za) which was the idea of myself and close friend and business partner, Paul Wilson who is a retired Superintendent from the London Metropolitan Police in the UK. The idea and formation of 2INVOLVE NPC was backed up by us who have strong and recognised background of working in the Criminal Justice Sector in the UK.
We both had a desire and indeed a passion to impart, share and help implement recognised programmes to assist in the transformation of the Criminal Justice Sector in South Africa. Our aim is still to develop the capacity and skills of the socially and economically disadvantaged communities. To enable every member of society to fully participate and appreciate their role in crime prevention, to assist with research, training, advice, consultancy for the benefit of African communities, to promote, for the benefit of the public, the efficiency of the CJS and beyond through active citizenship and greater participation in the prevention and solution to crime and to promote for the benefit of the public in South Africa, the prevention of reoffending by supporting the reintegration of offenders and ex-prisoners into our communities.
Another great achievement is my role at Tutu Foundation UK (tutufoundationuk.org) where I act as the Special Advisor for Youth Justice and Government. I am primarily supporting the Tutu Foundation UK with the Ubuntu Youth and Police Engagement Roundtable discussion which is a project delivered across 10 London Boroughs ( Municipality areas) funded partially by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and Sir John Cass Foundation.
Director of 2INVOLVE NPC
Paul holds a MSc in Community Safety and is the recipient of a Fulbright (Police) Scholarship to study community policing in the USA. A former superintendent with London’s Metropolitan Police (UK) with 31 years of public service, covering operational, policy and strategic commands in criminal investigation, public order policing, human resource management, corporate planning, safer schools, public and police partnership development, community cohesion, community policing and anti-terrorism. Paul is a highly seasoned management professional, experienced in leading complex partnership portfolios. During a secondment to Whitehall Paul worked with a team of Civil Servants in central government in implementing the Government’s Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy.
In addition he has supervised large teams of operational police officers at numerous police stations across south and central London. He is accomplished and widely experienced in change management, negotiation and delivery of key-note presentations in the UK and abroad, chairing large conferences and numerous senior level partnership meetings. A keen advocate of race equality Paul was the architect and subsequently the Chairman of the London Black Police Association (BPA) and the first elected Chair of the National (UK) Black Police Association (NBPA). He has published a number of papers on the issue of race and policing in the UK. Following retirement from policing and an invitation to relocate to South Africa, Paul established the NGO, Safer South Africa Foundation, and as CEO was responsible for developing its role in the field of criminal justice advocacy and crime prevention.
Director of 2INVOLVE NPC
Zamani holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Crime Prevention Management, Diploma in Training Management, Certificate in Personnel Management, Diploma in Education (High schools)and Certificate in Management of Training. He has extensive experience in training Crime Prevention Techniques to different communities throughout the country. He also specialises in working with problematic learners in different high schools with the objective of realising behaviour modification.
This experience has led to a range of unique opportunities to deal with crime in the schools holistically, working with the School Governing Bodies, Faith Based Organisations, Department of Education, Department of Basic Education, Department of Correctional Service, South African Police Services, Johannesburg Metro Police Department, Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Department of Correctional Services. Zamani has been appointed to sit on numerous committees such as PIC (Provincial Implementation Committee ), a structure that is chaired by the DCS together with the Gauteng province DoE School Safety Department. He has worked in numerous Correctional facilities where he has facilitated different youth programmes to ensure that youth in conflict with the Law are equipped to adapt to life outside prison and also ensure that they integrate into the same communities where they lived prior to their incarceration. As a schoolteacher for 14 years Zamani taught High school learners from different backgrounds. He was appointed Head of Department for seven years, Head of Sport for three years and a member of the Disciplinary Committee for 10 years. Zamani's skills and wide ranging experience in the field of crime and schools have made him a popular choice with the media and his views on issues related to crime and crime prevention are often sought by SABC 3 NEWS, SABC 2 and SAFM where his commentary on issues of crime and violence facing the youth and cyber bullying in the schools and community is well respected.
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Kray has a BA General Degree and Post Graduate Certificates in Business Communication, Spreadsheet Processing Techniques, Word Processing Techniques, Assessor and Moderator Certificates. An experienced educator, facilitator and training manager with over 14 years experience. Kray Mathias has facilitated and trained delegates from both the corporate and public sector of South Africa in soft skills training. He has taught High school learners from different backgrounds (that included rural, farm and urban environments) for 7 years. In all the four different schools that he taught in, he has been a member of administration. He was a Head of Department for seven years, a Head of Sport for three years and a member of the Disciplinary Committee for a year.
He has worked for FET Colleges and Private Training companies and in that period gleaned a lot of experience in terms of handling community affairs, facilitating in a corporate environment, budgeting and team building skills. Has experience of working with NGOs as a facilitating consultant with a school safety programme called Hlayiseka-Early Warning system. Particularly interested in helping people increase their self-awareness, focus, motivation and commitment to develop great self management and inter-personal skills to build powerful teams, to recognize, manage and use their skills, knowledge and instincts more effectively in their pursuit of success.