Stephen Tumim

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Sir Stephen Tumim (died in 2003) "An obscure county court judge, in 1987 he was chosen by the then home secretary, Douglas Hurd, to be the new chief inspector of prisons. He had no experience of criminal work, nor knowledge of prisons; he was a convivial member of the Garrick Club, with an interest in the arts and literature... His retirement was busy. His interest in the arts, and the work of prisoners, was well combined in his energetic chairmanship, from 1992, of the Koestler Award Trust, which encourages prisoners to take part in all forms of creative activity. He arranged that former prisoners - whom he had championed, and whose pictures he had collected - should be on its committee. From 1997, he was president of Unlock, the national association of reformed prisoners." He is survived by his wife Winifred Tumim, chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations from 1996 to 2001, and three daughters, Matilda, Emma and Olivia. [1]


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  1. Guardian Sir Stephen Tumim, organizational web page, accessed May 2, 2012.