Who we are


BEST’s Director, Geoff Smith, has volunteered full-time for BEST since 2017, and has been involved in the organisation (Wandsworth Refugee Network prior to its evolution into BEST) since September 2016. He works five days a week in the prison and has been the only BEST volunteer in HMPW during Covid. He manages all aspects of the organisation – its operational presence in the prison, gaining prison-wide recognition as FNO specialists, developing partnerships with other organisations in the prison, and getting BEST registered as a charity. Geoff previously worked as a solicitor and an Anglo-Russian business consultant; his legal expertise and knowledge of the Eastern European languages and culture along with his passionate commitment to BEST have earned him significant respect among prisoners and staff alike.


Caroline Ayerst

Isobel Smallacombe

Christine Julian-Huxley