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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.


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


Chair of the Board of Trustees

Sarah studied French and Russian at university before joining the Prison Service’s graduate scheme in the Home Office. After 24 years of working in the Prison Service she moved to lead a policy unit in the Home Office’s policing directorate, was the Chief Executive of a Charity and spent three years as the Chief Executive of Wales Probation, before becoming a Director in the Ministry of Justice with operational responsibility for prisons and probation services in Wales. Since her retirement in 2016, Sarah has taken on a range of advisory and voluntary roles whose focus is on health and all aspects of justice. She is the independent adviser to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on security in the three High Security Hospitals in England and recently completed two years working as a commissioner on the Commission on Justice in Wales led by the former Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd. In 2016-17 she was a member of the advisory panel for the Lammy Review on the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people caught up in the Criminal Justice System. She is a member of the Inspector of Probation’s advisory group and was recently appointed a Trustee of the Children's Society. She also draws on her experience as a senior manager to mentor, voluntarily, charity Chief Executives and other senior managers. Retirement from full-time work has provided more time for her to devote to her interests in travel, reading, art and gently keeping fit.


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.


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’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 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.


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.


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 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 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.


Stephanie qualified as a solicitor in Banking & Finance Law in 2006 at Olswang LLP and has since worked in the legal teams at a number of financial institutions including Barclays Bank PLC. She has over 13 years experience and expertise in corporate law matters and joined a German private bank as sole legal counsel of its London Branch in 2005. Over the last 4 years she has gained general legal experience dealing with all matters from employment law, intellectual property rights, regulatory law to real estate and construction matters.


Rob is Director of Justice at the Nuffield Foundation, an independent charity that seeks to advance social well-being through funding research and analysis. His programme supports research addressing a variety of key issues relating to the operation of the justice system, with a particular focus on the experiences of more vulnerable groups, including children and young people. Before this, Rob had a long career in government as a social researcher, working at the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board on a wider range of topics in crime and criminal justice, including a project with Revolving Doors on its link worker scheme in the late 1990s/early 2000s.