Jocelyn Hillman OBE - Founder and CEO


Being a pioneer of creative and disruptive solutions to entrenched social issues is both exciting and demanding. Everyone – especially women – deserve a working chance.

Jocelyn founded Working Chance from her kitchen table in 2009, inspired by the talent and potential of the women she had met in prisons across the UK. She saw that many women continue to be stigmatised and overlooked after their release from prison.  With little or no support to find a job, they and their children remain trapped in a cycle of poverty and crime. 

Prior to founding Working Chance, Jocelyn spent years working at senior levels in the voluntary, public and private sectors.  She was chief executive of Dress for Success, a charity supporting women into work and Creative Director at both The Design Council and The Communication Group. She also worked for the Labour Party as Head of Design and Publishing and ran her own creative agency in Paris.

In 2016, Jocelyn was recognised for services to the rehabilitation of women ex-offenders and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Jocelyn is a member of the Government's Advisory Board for Female Offenders.