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President and Patrons

President:   Sir David Manning, GCMG, KCVO
Patrons:   Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, Captain Michael Fulford-Dobson, Damon de Laszlo.

Board of Trustees


Dr Roger Donbavand, FRSA - Chairman

Roger has a business background in branding, marketing, strategy development and change management consulting. He started his career in the City and then moved into consulting for service based industries, both in the UK and overseas. The last five years saw him working in Sydney where he transitioned into the charity and voluntary sector, working for Mission Australia and Opportunity International, and on the board of Leprosy Mission Australia.  In 2016 Roger and his wife volunteered for 3 months in Sri Lanka. He is also a trustee of EMMS, a charity based in Edinburgh which works in the palliative care sector. His interests include fly fishing, classical music, opera and cricket. He is married to Janet and they have two sons working in London.

Hayley Rees - Treasurer

Hayley works at Legal and General Retirement where she is Head of Direct Investments, focused on investing in real assets including infrastructure, property, commercial lending and alternative assets.  Prior to this Hayley worked at Barclays for more than 25 years, her career at Barclays covered funding to social infrastructure and renewable energy projects as well as managing the Corporate Banks portfolio in this area and latterly with focus on cash flow based funding to large corporates.  Hayley has been involved in her local community volunteering on school residential trips and supports grassroots rugby at her local club.

Julia Killick, CBE

Julia started her career in London Local Authority Housing working for Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent before joining the Prison Service in 1998.  After stints at HMP Highdown, HMP Holloway and YOI Feltham as Head of Prisoner Care, Julia took charge of the Immigration Removal Centre Haslar, before moving to become Governor at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset.  In 2010 Julia returned to Holloway as Governor and with a team of 300 staff cared for 590 women, reducing costs by 25% whilst achieving highest standards in its history in two consecutive inspections.  Julia retired in December 2015 and is now a volunteer trustee for two local community charities, as well as driving the community bus, and acting as an advisor to the London Criminal Justice health network and Liberty Kitchen, a social enterprise helping prisoners into work.

Dr Robin Garnett, OBE, PhD, FRCP

Robin spent a long career in the Army as a Consultant in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Medicine, becoming Director of Defence Rehabilitation and commanding the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.  He retired in the rank of Brigadier in 2002.  In addition to his military career, Robin has been President of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and Chairman of the Specialty Advisory Committee for Rehabilitation of the Royal College of Physicians.  In later years he has worked as a Consultant for Benenden Healthcare and has been Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for the British section of the World Veterans Federation and the majority of British ex-Service Veterans Charities.  He wrote The Endeavour Report on Healthcare for Veterans and their families and also parts of the Lost Voices Report by The Royal British Legion, concerning hearing loss in veterans.

Roger Potter, MBE

Roger founded WorldWide Volunteering, now re-named Step Together Volunteering, in 1994. Roger was Director of WorldWide Volunteering until 2006 and was a member of the UK National Task Force for the European Voluntary Service scheme. He is currently the Chairman of the Britain-Nepal Society. His early career was spent in secondary education and he was principal of a large London Sixth Form College.

Deborah Poole

Deborah is a Director and General Counsel of Sulla Investments Limited, a regulated investment firm and adviser to Envestors, a regulated corporate finance adviser. Until September 2015, she was a partner in an international law firm where she led teams in Europe advising corporate clients. From 2007 to 2010, Deborah sat on the Save The Children Fund Festival of Trees committee where she assisted in fund raising through the annual Festival of Trees Gala. She is a member of her local Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group, formed to assist the community to influence the planning and development of her local area.

Caroline Marsh, FRSA

Caroline is an independent consultant with significant experience as an effective strategic advisor and coach across ‘people services’ - adult social care, housing, public health, children's services, and justice services. She has been a senior leader for over 20 years, and her previous senior leadership roles include Director of Adult Social Care at Manchester City Council, and Director of Offender Management Services in The Ministry of Justice, managing prisons and probation services in the North West. Her experience includes Service Design, Commissioning, Adult Social Care, Offender rehabilitation services, Children's Services, housing for older people, Community Safety, Youth Offending services, and Public Health. She is interested in developing thought leadership and has authored a number of published articles relating to adult social care and personalisation in criminal justice. Caroline lives in the North West and is active across a number of networks including membership of the Association of Adult Social Services; fellow of the RSA; chair of the Academy for Social Justice Commissioning seminar series in Manchester and member of the Institute of Leadership & Management.

Liza Durkin

Liza has nearly 30 years’ experience in a senior leadership role in the justice sector.  She leads, manages, develops and motivates large teams within a complex and changing public sector landscape. She has a diverse background as a senior manager in a range agencies -  Local Authority social care departments, children’s rights and advocacy, Children’s Society, Local Authority Secure Children’s Homes, Her Majesty’s Prisons service and has worked at the Youth Justice Board (YJB), an Arm’s Length Body sponsored by Ministry of Justice for approximately 15 years. Liza is an avid follower of her local team - Everton, and tries to keep fit and healthy by trying all the new gym and exercise regimes! She has a strong value base and loves to work with people - putting her values into practice and expecting others to show good governance and accountability. 

Registered charity number: 1038253, Scottish charity number: SC040616, Company Limited by Guarantee: 2932195
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