Sam Price joins Beyond Detention as new CEO

Sam Price, CEO at Beyond Detention
Sam Price, CEO at Beyond Detention. Image: Beyond Detention

Bedford-based charity Beyond Detention has announced the appointment of Sam Price as its new CEO.

The charity supports those detained at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre in Bedford Borough and helps those leaving detention to build a new life.

Sam will begin her new role on 2 January 2024. She comes to Beyond Detention from the homelessness sector, in which she has over 10 years of experience.

Since January 2020 Sam has been deputy CEO and executive director of Services of Signposts in Luton, where she is responsible for all of the services the charity delivers, working with more than 160 clients across Luton and Central Bedfordshire.

Sam lives in Bedford and has previously worked in the town for the Bedford Homeless Partnership and for Bedford Borough Council. She is a trustee of JustUs, a local homelessness advocacy and advice service.

“I am really excited to take the lead at Beyond Detention, and look forward to working with the incredible team of staff, volunteers and trustees,” said Sam.

“I have always been passionate about supporting people experiencing multiple disadvantage and social injustice, and I feel privileged to join such an inspiring organisation.” 

Sam was welcomed by Beyond Detention’s chair of trustees, Robina Pelham Burn, who said: “We are confident that Sam has the passion, skills and experience to steer the charity through the next phase of its development as it continues its vital work against a backdrop of ever-changing government policy, giving practical and emotional support to those detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre and helping people to rebuild their lives after detention. 

“We thank our outgoing CEO, Donna-Louise Cobban, for her hard work and leadership over the past two years and wish her well in her new role as CEO of Emmaus Village Carlton.”