Sam has given around 40 years` service to the criminal justice system in the UK, most of it in NI but also in Scotland and Wales. In the darkest days of the `Troubles` when there was sectarian hatred and fear across communities in NI he provided a vital social service equally to prisoners from all communities, coming under severe personal threat. In later years he played a pivotal role in NI prisons and cared for prisoners in a humane and human way, despite having to witness and deal with some of the most horrific and inhuman acts that occurred in NI`s dark history. Sam is a loving father and grandfather and devoted family man and has had to endure the horror and pain of losing his dear son in a tragic accident several years ago. Despite this, he has continued to devote himself to providing a fair and just service to the public and to the staff whom he now leads with integrity and grace. He is about to leave his latest role in public life and will be sorely missed by all who have had the privilege to work with him and for him. He has gained the trust and respect of colleagues in public life who once would have considered themselves the sworn enemies of what he represents - a true testament to his own integrity and values. This small gesture of nomination is not enough but as a recreational runner Sam will appreciate the buzz that will come from getting to hold the torch and in being associated with this worldwide event.