Lady Edwina Grosvenor is a trustee of the Clink charity – the charity’s aim is to reduce re-offending rates of ex-offenders by training and placing graduates upon their release into the hospitality industry. Lady Edwina is dedicated to prison reform and has worked around the prison service for 14 years. At the tender age of 18, she spent part of her gap year working in Kathmandu Central prison in Nepal. She then went on to read criminology and sociology at university as well as criminal behaviour before continuing her career working in Styal prison (a female prison in Manchester). Lady Edwina is the second daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Westminster and is married to the TV historian Dan Snow.
One word that describes you? Optimistic.
In your own words, what do you do? I work in the prison service, both inside the walls and out, trying to bring about a shift in the way we punish our offenders. They need to be punished in a way that makes them less likely to reoffend, not more likely.
Who is your greatest influence in your career/life? People less fortunate than myself who fight against all odds to make the most of things.
Which is your favourite part of your job? Being inside the prisons – I love the front line.
Which is the part that you enjoy the least? Fighting with the system and the civil servants.
What is your greatest achievement? Helping to start the Clink. The first chain of fine dining restaurants ever to be built inside UK prisons.
What was your Plan B? Never crossed my mind to have one.
What is your most prized possession? My bed.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? If you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, just keep going…
You have worked in and around the prison service for 14 years, and had studied criminology and sociology at university as well as criminal behaviour. Why are you drawn to the criminology? I am fascinated by peoples’ lives and what leads them to do the things that they do.
How did you come to be involved with Clink? I knew the people who came up with the concept and they approached me to see if I would be prepared to help. It sounded like a sufficiently bonkers idea, so I said yes!
Please complete the sentence… I could not live without… Sleep.
Favourite restaurant? In which city? Ukai Sushi restaurant on Portobello Road.
Sustainability and consumption are two words you will hardly find in the same sentence – which brands do you think are good quality and are doing their bit for people and the planet? Maggie’s Organics I love. It’s a brand of clothing and toys made from certified organic cotton and wool fibres, using fair trade production and distribution methods.
In addition to Clink, do you support a charity or cause? Loads, probably too many to list for this article but I will mention one. The No Way Trust is fantastic. Retired and serving officers go into schools around the UK educating children about the realities and consequences of crime and punishment. It’s amazing to see them in action!
What is your personal luxury? I love a hot bubble bath.
What steps do you take to make your life more positive? I try hard to silence negative thoughts with positive ones as soon as they pop into my head.