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Alan Oakes
Systems/Facilities Manager

Alan Oakes

Alan is from an engineering background, initially serving an apprenticeship with Steyr/MAN Trucks in Heavy Goods Vehicle maintenance & repair before moving into heavy fabrication at a local bridge builder. Entering into tensile fabric engineering in the early 1990s, Alan worked as a machine operator at Landrell before progressing to shift supervisor and then overall production supervisor over a nine year period, during which time he worked on various projects including the Millennium Dome/Blackwall Tunnel Vent, Glyndebourne Opera Canopy and Butlins Pavilions, working alongside Andrew Jerrum who subsequently went on to establish A J Tensile Fabrications Ltd.

Joining the Prison Service in 2001, Alan stepped away from engineering but as the prison environment had gradually changed, he left in early 2015 to work part time at a local special needs school as a teaching assistant to free up time to build his own house.

Taking on the role as Systems/Facilities Manager here in July 2017, Alan has many plans for improvement. Capable with regards to building maintenance, a keen Health and Safety facilitator and his new involvement in both ISO 9001 and Achilles compliance, the procedural systems experience gained whilst a serving Prison Officer coupled with his practical skills along with specific experience in this Industry puts him in a good position to handle the challenges that such a varied role presents.