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Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees represents a huge range of expertise

From across the public sector, the private sector and academia.

MEET THE BOARD

Our Board of Trustees, working together with us to stop the Revolving Door.

GARY LASHKO

Chair of the Board of Trustees and Company Directors, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Hospital Chelsea

Gary started as Chief Executive of Carr-Gomm, a national charity providing support and housing, on 1st October 2003. From July 2010 he became Director of Supported Living for Sanctuary Carr-Gomm. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Providence Row Housing Association, working with street homeless people in London’s East End from October 1997, which he joined after being Director of Development for Carr-Gomm. Gary worked briefly for the Refugee Housing Association. Between 1988 and 1994 Gary worked for Centrepoint, the housing association and charity for young homeless people.

His career in supported housing began in Carr-Gomm in the early 1980’s and has worked for two Health Authorities in mental health.

CHRISTOPHER CLARKE

Treasurer, Director of Finance for Hestia Housing and Support

After qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1988, Chris worked in a number of housing finance roles in Scotland, including two stints with the national housing agency, now part of the Scottish Government. From 2000, he worked at Elmbridge Housing Trust in Surrey as Finance Director and in 2009 was appointed to the role of Director of Finance for Hestia Housing and Support, a London wide charity providing housing and support services to a wide range of service users, including people with mental health issues, women and children fleeing domestic violence and ex-offenders.

CHRISTINA DYKES

Senior Adviser

Christina has an extensive knowledge of the political process, on developing leadership and effectiveness, and on diversity. To encourage fairness in the assessment of future MPs Christina pioneered the application of organizational development techniques in politics. After three decades of experience working directly with senior central and local elected politicians and policy makers, she has excellent connections, and an in-depth understanding of democratic networks and the processes which underpins them. She lectures on the value of political leadership in management and is presently doing a PhD. She is an Associate of the Institute of Government and she is an adviser to Citizens UK Commission on Islamic communities and an adviser to the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP on community cohesion.

PROFESSOR CAROL HEDDERMAN

Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

Carol began her research career in 1986 when she joined the Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate where she conducted and managed projects on topics as diverse as understanding sentencers’ decision-making, particularly in relation to women; the enforcement of community sentences; the treatment of mentally disordered and sex offenders, the factors which determine whether prisoners are paroled; and the extent to which young children can make reliable witnesses. Between 1999 and 2002 she was Deputy Director of the Criminal Policy Research Unit at London Southbank University. During that time she managed projects including several on probation enforcement, dealing with domestic violence and evaluating policing strategies aimed at reducing burglary. She also served on the Parole Board during this period. Carol returned to the Home Office as an Assistant Director of the Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate in October 2002 where she had lead responsibility for statistics and research into the management and impact of the prison and probation services. Carol became Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester in 2004 where she worked until taking early retirement in 2014. She continues to conduct research and write in the areas of the treatment of women in the criminal justice system.

TOM MACINNES

Head of Analysis at Citizens Advice

Tom is Head of Analysis at Citizens Advice. He leads on the analytical work across different policy areas including welfare, employment, consumer issues, energy and public services. Before that, Tom worked at NPI as Research Director, heading up their programme of work on poverty and social exclusion.

DR NICK MAGUIRE

Deputy Director, PG Dip in Cognitive Therapy, University of Southampton

Nick works as a chartered clinical psychologist at the University of Southampton, lecturing on and researching the treatment of adults with severe and complex mental health problems. He has a particular interest in researching the psychological factors implicated in the cause and maintenance of entrenched homelessness. He has worked in the NHS in community mental health teams and run psychological projects for multiply excluded homeless men, using cognitive behaviour therapy to treat the mental health problems underpinning behaviours which can lead to homelessness.

JENNY MCKIBBEN

Jenny has worked in the criminal justice field for over twelve years and was until recently Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, leading a multi-agency programme to reduce re offending, and commissioning services to support victims and ex-offenders. She was a Senior Selection Assessor for the National Police Improvement Agency, and an Independent Member of Norfolk Police Authority. In previous roles Jenny has taught at the University of Brighton, represented the public and patients on a number boards, worked as a freelance journalist and as a publications editor for BBC School Radio, and volunteered on grants committees for the Big Lottery Fund, Asthma UK, and Norfolk Community Foundation. Jenny is now working freelance as a consultant on organisational strategy and partnership development, and as a consultant for Denise Nathan Consultancy assessing senior police officers and staff in preparation for senior command courses.

LEROY D SIMPSON

In 2005 Leroy was diagnosed with severe depression, personality disorder with agoraphobic, paranoid and psychotic features. He has been through the criminal justice and mental health systems, experienced homelessness and lived in supported housing. Since 2006 Leroy has been heavily involved in client Involvement. He is a member of four clients’ groups, sits on two advisory committees and a steering group. He was a member of a two NICE guideline development Groups.

In the last three years he has received a wide range of training, has chaired meetings with peers, area managers and directors, carried out research, interviews and has written reports. He has experience of working on policy making committees, media work, TV, radio and newspapers. Leroy has also delivered training courses to staff and peers including Recovery Approach Training, Reflective Practice, Action Learning Sets and Life Skills.
Recently Leroy has served as a Board Member at Salvation Army Housing Association and for the JSTAR organisation. He is chair of the Harlesden Town Team which has almost 2,000 members and has raised nearly £4 million for their Town Centre Project.

Throughout his roles Leroy always promotes client Involvement and Personal Centred Planning.

DAVID WILLIAMS

Locality Director for Coventry and Warwickshire in NHS England.

David is an Local Director for NHS England, ensuring that the health and care systems in his area are delivering currently and planning for greater integration in the future. David also has the lead responsibility for Commissioning Primary Care (GPs, Pharmacy, Dental and Optometry services) and Public Health services across the West Midlands. David also acts as the Accountable Emergency Officer for the NHS in the West Midlands and chairs NHS England's national Screening and Immunisations Assurance Group. Between May 2006 and December 2010 David worked as the NHS West Midlands Regional Lead for Offender Health and Social Care. Prior to this David has worked in the Department of Health, for Her Majesty’s Prison Service and in the RSPCA. David originally trained as a teacher and has spent much of his career providing support to improve the quality and range of services provided.