Grace Wyld

Grace is the Policy Manager in the think tank and external affairs team. She has been focusing on NPC’s criminal justice research, specifically how the voluntary sector can be better supported and more effective in such a challenging context. She has worked on NPC’s Data Labs project, helping to establishing data labs in health, education and employment and supporting the running of the Justice Data Lab. Grace previously worked in NPC’s consulting team, supporting charities and funders to improve their impact.

The role of the voluntary sector in criminal justice an area of particular interest to Grace. Before joining NPC she volunteered part time as a researcher on the Prison Reform Trust’s review into the over-representation of looked after children in the criminal justice system, exploring the systematic disadvantages children in care face in the UK. She also worked for a charity helping care leavers make the often complex transition from childhood to independent living, using theatre to build their confidence. Grace is a trustee of the criminal justice arts charity, Safe Ground.

Why I work at NPC

I’m interested in the role charities play in wider civil society and their relationship to the state. NPC is grappling with these questions, grounded in the experience of the hundreds of charities and funders that we work with day to day.

A snapshot of my work at NPC


How are charities influencing change in the prison system?

Understanding women’s pathways through the criminal justice system

Walking the talk on diversity

Building more impactful corporate-charity partnerships

Beyond bars: Maximising the voluntary sector’s contribution in criminal justice

How can charities maximise their impact by working with PCCs?


What’s going on with funders and the criminal justice system?

Our long-term vision for the voluntary sector in criminal justice

Campaigning for justice reform in 2018

‘Talking about merging isn’t itself a risk’

Stop quoting Latin in your board meetings

Long read: Charities’ prison access problem and the promise of digital