Board of trustees
- Dame Anne Owers
- Alison Frater
- Nicola Silverleaf
- Norma Hoyte
- Steve Rawlins
- Rachael Byrne
- Helen Attewell
- Liz Calderbank
- Jessica Southgate
Dame Anne Owers
Anne became a Dame in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2008 in recognition of her services to the Criminal Justice System. This recognition came in addition to a CBE awarded in 2000 for her work in a range of voluntary and public posts. As the first ever woman to be appointed HMCIP, Anne revolutionised the Inspectorate with frank and candid reports which both celebrated improvements and critically assessed areas for improvements. Having such a distinguished career in both the voluntary and public sectors, Anne brings a huge wealth of experience, knowledge and credentials to the post. Anne is also a trustee of Clinks Member 'Koestler Trust'. Read the press release of Anne's appointment as Clinks chair here, and contact Anne through Jean Coates
Alison is Chair of the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice (NAACJ), which she joined in September 2015. Alison is an independent public health consultant with a strong interest in the arts. She has worked for the NHS as Head of Public Health and Health in the Justice System in London, and has worked in public health at every level of government - including as Director of Public Health in Bristol - and has held lead roles in the voluntary sector. Her past work has required expertise in research and implementation of evidence, always with a strong focus on advocacy for social justice and reducing inequalities.
Nicola qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London, and has worked as a Finance Director and Management Consultant for most of her career. She lives in a small village in Cambridgeshire and was a Magistrate in the Criminal and Family Courts in Cambridgeshire for over 20 years. As Chair of the Family Panel and later of the Bench she worked on a number of national Criminal Justice projects during that time. Over the years she has been involved with a number of educational and local charities, both as Trustee and adviser. Having graduated with an MSc in Charity Finance and Management, Nicola has a special interest in impact measurement, especially in helping smaller voluntary organisations gain access to funding. Appointed to Clinks in November 2016, she is looking forward to working as Treasurer and a Trustee, bringing together her experience of finance, management and the third sector.
Norma is the Executive Director with PLIAS Resettlement, a voluntary organisation working with ex-offenders and other vulnerable groups. Norma is in the last year of her BA degree course in criminology at the University of Bedfordshire. She has over 15 years experience of working in local government bringing together experience from a broad spectrum of areas, with particlar emphasis of actively promoting measures which reduces inequalities between sections of the local community. She has worked closely with the voluntary and community sector and has developed and co-ordinated various activities, working closely from Government offices to ensure that BME voluntary organisations are included in participation, representation and consultation – developing inclusive government. She has recently worked on Clinks' Race for Justice Campaign to comprehensively help ex-offenders and ex-prisoners become active and legal participants in society.
Steve is the Deputy Director for Pecan responsible for operations, developments and along with the Executive Director, the strategic direction for the organisation. He has considerable experience of setting up interventions that provide social inclusion. He previously worked at Training for Life as the Lambeth centre manager responsible for developments and their social enterprise gym. Steve gained a degree in Social Science with Psychology and a diploma in Health and Social Welfare, whilst in prison. Since his release in 2002 he has gained a Masters in Charity Marketing and Fundraising, a Masters in Voluntary Sector Management and an MBA. He is a member of the management committee at Partnership for Prisons and co-founder of Transformed Ministries (a Christian fellowship designed for ex-offenders and their families).
Helen has been CEO of NEPACS since September 2008. NEPACS aims to support a positive future for prisoners and their families in the north east of England. It runs visitors’ centre services at seven prisons, as well as providing support at court, play and youth project work, caravan holidays; it also runs a small grants scheme and awareness raising events on criminal justice matters. Helen’s professional background is in teaching, however, she has worked with a variety of voluntary sector organisations as a paid staff member and volunteer for over 30 years.
Jessica has worked in the voluntary sector for over ten years, with expertise in gender-specific and criminal justice services. She has a particular interest in service-user participation, having worked with girls and women across Platform 51’s national services to develop policy and campaigns, and through leading the Howard League’s participation work supporting children and young people with experience of the criminal justice to have their voices heard. She has lead a number of research projects on subjects including gender-based harassment, interventions for perpetrators of child sexual exploitation related offences, and community provision for marginalised groups. Jessica has a Masters in Gender, is a Griffins Society Fellow, and was a member of the Board of Women's Breakout for over two years.