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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.

DAVID WILLIAMS

Chair of the Board of Trustees and Business Development Director for Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT)

NHFT provides community services; including community hospitals, district nursing, school nursing, sexual health services and Mental Health services; including low secure mental health hospitals, eating disorder and child and adolescent mental health services. They also provide healthcare services in a number of prisons and In Northamptonshire’s Police Custody Suites. David works to develop new partnerships across the health and social care organisations that they work with.

David has previously worked as a 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.

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.

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.

IMOGEN PARKER

Imogen’s interest in public service design can be traced throughout her previous posts as Interim Head of Policy Research (Citizens and Democracy) at Citizens Advice, Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research and managing Public Services Research at FreshMinds. She is now Head of the Nuffield Foundation’s programmes on Justice, Citizens and Digital Ethics with a mission to improve social wellbeing through research and innovation in social policy. Currently Imogen is strategic lead in the development of a new independent institution to consider the ethical issues arising out of data use in a digital society. This work is being done in dialogue with the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Alan Turing Institute, the Royal Statistical Society and Tech UK. Imogen has a particular focus on citizens’ interactions with the state and with public services ─ exploring how design and innovation can serve the most vulnerable when it goes with the grain of human behaviour.

TESSA WEBB OBE

Tessa Webb has an extensive career with the probation service, beginning in 1980 at a bail hostel in Oxfordshire. For many years Tessa worked as a probation officer in London and Essex before progressing through a range of training, management and leadership roles which have included deputy head of public protection at the Home Office and CEO for Hertfordshire Probation Trust. As a director for the Probation Chiefs Association Tessa led for localism and improving the connectivity between probation services and local services. Tessa was appointed an Officer of the British Empire January 2015 for services to probation.
Tessa presently works with H M Inspectorate of Probation.

JENNA MARSH

After studying Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moore's University, Jenna joined the Home Office where she's worked for the last 12 years. Jenna began her career managing claimants through the asylum process and supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children. In 2008, Jenna became a policy adviser on domestic abuse and has since worked in a number of roles covering a range of social justice policies including neighbourhood policing, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, drug strategy and crime prevention. She has also worked as a private secretary to four Home Office Ministers responsible for crime and policing issues.

CHRISTOPHER BEAL

Chris works with senior leaders across the public sector to improve services, build capability, and reduce costs. Since joining KPMG he has helped clients in transport, infrastructure, law enforcement, and central government to design and manage large-scale and complex transformation programmes. He chairs the board of Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham, a charity providing mental health and wellbeing services to people across east London, raising awareness, and tackling stigma about mental health. He has served as a trustee since 2010.

Chris began his career as a graduate with the UK Civil Service. He worked in various policy, operational and digital roles at the Ministry of Justice, Office of the Public Guardian and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, before serving as private secretary to the Minister of State for Justice. From 2015 to 2017 he led the department’s review and reform of its HQ operations as deputy director for transformation, and supported departmental campaigns to improve mental health, diversity, and dementia awareness.

MAX RUTHERFORD

Max Rutherford is Head of Policy at the Association of Charitable Foundations, the membership body for the UK’s charitable grant-makers. He leads ACF’s engagement with government departments, parliament, the charity regulators, and in ensuring that foundations are represented in policy-making forums. Prior to this he was Criminal Justice Programme Manager at the Barrow Cadbury Trust, leading its work on young adults through the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance and campaign. He serves on a broad range of committees and advisory board, including the Charity Commission’s advisory committee for the Statement of Recommended Practice in charity accounting. Max is also a trustee of his local Council for Voluntary Services, and has worked in parliament and for a mental health research organisation.

SAADIYA AHMAD

Saadiya is a practising solicitor, with over 20 years’ experience in Criminal & Human Rights Litigation.

She has acted for clients in all courts in England & Wales. Saadiya represents clients from all backgrounds and ages on a wide range of criminal matters. She has built up a reputation for handling complex cases invoking young people caught up in gang related crime and county lines offences. Through her work over the years, she has seen first hand the hugely detrimental effect that Government cuts and policy changes have made to the Criminal Justice System and the effect these have had on people caught up within the system. Saadiya has also assisted her clients with addressing breakdown in family relations, lack of resettlement and homelessness, inadequate provision for mental health or addiction issues and general medical treatment.

Saadiya has also sat on a number of Boards including St Georges Hospital Charity, Citizens Advise Bureau and as a Governor at South Thames College.