RR3 Group Members
The RR3 group comprises 14 senior experts from the voluntary sector working in criminal justice, who hold between them a range of knowledge, skills and experience.
Mohammad Hanif, Arooj
Hanif is a senior executive at Arooj, an initiative providing Black, Asian and minority ethnic offenders with rehabilitation and social reintegration support, both inside prison and on the outside. He has over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of senior positions in the public, private and voluntary sectors and has worked both with local and national government. He serves on a number of boards and committees including as a member of the Young Review steering committee and Kirkham and Lancaster Prisons Equality Action Team.
Riana Taylor, Circles UK
Riana Taylor has previously worked as the Head of Strategy for the Disability Rights commission and Director of Strategy for Thames Valley Probation. She was Director of Operations for two Community Rehabilitation Companies - the Bristol, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC) and the Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company (DDC CRC). In this role she led on initiatives such as the operational amalgamation of 5 Probation Trusts into two CRCs, the interface with the NPS and CRCs and introducing the Through the Gate Resettlement Service. She joined Circles UK as CEO on the 1st of October 2016 and looks forward to furthering the purpose and values of Circles UK of preventing further victims, ensuring public protection and enabling sex offenders to take ownership of their actions and reintegrate back into the community.
Linda Bryant, Together for Mental Wellbeing
Linda is a registered Forensic Psychologist having worked as a practitioner with people with mental health, personality disorder and complex needs in settings ranging from medium secure units to assertive outreach in the community. She has a 25 year history of working in the voluntary sector joining Together for Mental Wellbeing, a national mental health charity, in 2002 to work within their criminal justice mental health services in London. Linda is a member of a number of national networks and groups including co-Chair of the Bradley Report Group and represents the group on the National Liaison & Diversion Programme Board.
Rod Clark, Prisoners' Education Trust
Rod joined Prisoners Education Trust in February 2013. He was previously Principal Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP as Secretary of State for Social Security, and was on the Board of the Department for Constitutional Affairs as Director General Strategy when the National Offender Management Service merged to create the Ministry of Justice. He was also Chief Executive of the Civil Service’s internal training organisation, the National School of Government. Rod is pleased to have been invited to join the expert panel for Dame Sally Coates review of prison education commissioned by the Justice Secretary.
Jeremy Crook OBE, Black Training and Enterprise Group
Jeremy has led the Black Training and Enterprise Group since 1992, a charity that works to improve education, skills, employment and entrepreneurship outcomes for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. He has over 30 years experience of promoting equality and inclusion and developing practical solutions in the public, private and voluntary sector. His current advisory roles include: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Equalities Advisory Group (chair); BIS Apprenticeships Advisory Group (chair); and Department for Work and Pensions Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Advisory Group (member).
Diane Curry OBE, Partners of Prisoners Families and Support Groups (POPS)
Diane is the Chief Executive of POPS and has worked for the charity for 19 years. POPS was founded by families with experience of supporting somebody in custody and continues to be needs-led in its approach. In 2002 Diane developed and implemented the Black Prisoners Support Project (BPSP) group work programs and has had a pivotal role in setting up the charity National Body of Black Prisoner Support Group, now the Coalition for Racial Justice (CRJUK). In 2006 Diane received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition for her work in this area.
Peter Dawson, Prison Reform Trust
Peter Dawson is Director of the Prison Reform Trust. Peter’s career includes work at the Home Office in a variety of policy and managerial roles, including two roles in the Prison Department, and on the Prisons Board. He has worked as a prison officer at HMP Brixton before returning there as Deputy Governor in 2002, and subsequently governing both HMP Downview (then a prison for women) and HMP High Down, where he oversaw the opening of the first Clink Restaurant. Peter left the public sector to join Sodexo Justice Services, and led the operational design and mobilisation of the company’s successful bids to run new Community Rehabilitation Companies.
Barbara Natasegara MBE, Safer Wales
Barbara is CEO of Safer Wales, and has worked in the field of community safety, social justice, equality and human rights for over 30 years, and been with the charity for 18 of them. Safer Wales supports Welsh people to live safer, more fulfilling and more productive lives, and its team influence change in community justice policy and practice nationally. She is chair of Community Justice Cymru, and represents the sector in Wales on the Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC), the Finance and Compliance sub-committee, the All Wales Community Safety Advisory Board and the IOM Cymru Board.
Max Rutherford, Barrow Cadbury Trust
Max has worked at Barrow Cadbury Trust, an independent social justice foundation, since 2010. As Criminal Justice Programme Manager, he manages the Trust’s criminal justice grant-making, policy, and research projects, including its Transition to Adulthood (T2A) initiative focused on improving outcomes for young adults at all stages of the Criminal Justice System. He serves on a number of boards and committees, including as Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations’ Criminal Justice funder group, member of the Young Review steering group and member of MOPAC’s Gripping the Offender project group. Max has an MSc in Criminology from the University of Oxford.
Christopher Stacey, Unlock
Christopher is the Co-Director for Unlock, a charity which provides information, advice, training and advocacy, dealing with the ongoing effects of criminal convictions. He is responsible for overseeing the charity’s support and policy work. He supports and challenges employers and others in their use of criminal records, as an expert on the criminal record disclosure system, and in understanding the long-term effects associated with having a criminal record. He has a Master of Laws degree and is a 2014 Winston Churchill Fellow.
Sarah Swindley, Lancashire Women's Centres
Sarah leads Lancashire Women’s Centres, a network of ‘one stop shop’ services for women with a range of needs with particular focus on offending and mental health. She was formerly the Women’s Mental Health Strategy Lead for NHS East Lancashire, and was a founder board member of the Families Health and Wellbeing Consortium working to connect voluntary sector health and social care services within communities. She has previously been Chair of Women’s Breakout. Sarah is involved with the Kings Fund’s Impact Awards Network, working with them to develop leadership voices from within the voluntary sector.
Matt Wall, Community Chaplaincy Association
Since 2013 Matt has been the National Secretary of the Community Chaplaincy Association, a national network of organisations providing mentoring and resettlement support for people leaving prison. In this role Matt has focussed on supporting quality standards, applying lessons learnt from research on desistance and developing new ways of measuring impact. Matt is also a member of the Prisons Week committee raising wider awareness of the needs of those affected by the Criminal Justice System. Matt's experience includes 3 years as a CQC Registered Manager with Langley House Trust, and 6 years with Thames Reach supporting rough sleepers.
Beverley Williams, Stonham Home Group
Beverley Williams has been responsible for leading and delivering Home Group’s criminal justice division since 2013, and was previously responsible for the group’s delivery of the Bail Accommodation and Support Services (BASS). She has experience working with young offenders and within child protection. Prior to taking up her role within BASS she was responsible for the regional operational delivery of contracts/services across a wide range of client groups, with a key focus centred around individuals involved in the Criminal Justice System.
Nicky Park, St Giles Trust
Nicky Park is currently Head of Prison Services for St Giles Trust. Nicky has over 11 years’ experience working within St Giles Trust and the prison estates, managing a number of projects supporting service users both in custody and the community with complex and multiple needs. These projects range from our Peer Adviser Programme, Housing brokerage services, Community Education, Training and Employment provision and through the gate complex needs projects supporting men and women to re-establish a life away from prison. At St Giles Trust, Nicky oversees the BeNCH and Norfolk and Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company contracts both in custody and the community, Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company Peer Programme, Ipswich Working Out and the Trusts London and South East projects. Nicky Park is also the organisation's Women’s Lead.
Jacob Tas, Nacro
Jacob is Chief Executive of Nacro, a national social justice charity. Nacro started over 50 years ago as an advocacy organisation for ex-offenders and has grown into a national service delivery charity providing housing, education, justice and health services for disadvantaged people within communities across the country. Jacob has a wealth of experience from both the commercial and the charity sector. Prior to his role at Nacro, Jacob worked at Action for Children, as Executive Director of Operations, Deputy and Interim Chief Executive. Before that, he worked at The Prince’s Trust as Director England and prior to that he spent many years in the commercial sector at P&O Nedlloyd. Jacob is an accredited mediator, trustee of Warchild UK and trustee of the Dutch Centre, he is also a founding member of the Centre of Narrative Leadership.
Richy Cunningham, Fulfilling Lives
Richy has been working as a Systems Broker for Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead, one of 12 Big Lottery national programmes, since 2014. Employed by Oasis Aquila Housing, one of the core partnership with Changing Lives and Mental Health Concern, his role, alongside a team of service navigators, involves brokering between criminal justice, substance use, mental health and housing systems across Newcastle and Gateshead. The focus of the Fulfilling Lives programme is to achieve sustainable system change for people dealing with multiple and complex needs. Within this, Richy’s key area of focus is to improve access to secondary mental health services for this client group and he has a particular passion and expertise around improving services for people experiencing co-existing mental health and substance use issues. Richy brings over 15 years’ experience of working within the substance use and criminal justice field from both statutory and third sector organisations, including the National Probation Service, Phoenix Futures, Turning Point and HM Prison Service.
Laura Seebohm, Changing Lives
Laura is Operational Director at Changing Lives leading Women’s Services, Criminal Justice, Health and Employment. She has over 20 years’ experience in the statutory and voluntary sectors; working as a Probation Officer before joining Changing Lives in 2006. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, her projects span the North and Midlands and include holistic women’s centres, domestic abuse, women in CJS across 6 prisons and 5 CRCs, sexual exploitation, and experience of European funding and Social Impact bonds. Laura is trustee on a number of boards including Millfield House Foundation, Chair of 1772 Debtor’s Relief Charity and until 2017 Women’s Breakout. She has been Visiting Fellow of University of East Anglia following research into sex work and sexual exploitation.