Sue Wade OBE (Chair)
Former deputy chief probation officer and youth justice manager in Hampshire. She currently works as a consultant for various criminal justice organisations and charities. She is a performance advisor for Hampshire Police Authority. Sue has been a member of the Howard League since 1989. She has directed reform projects in young offender prisons and court systems in the US and Syria, and has been the Howard League’s representative at UN Crime Commission meetings, specialising in advice on implementation of international norms and standards.
Professor David Wilson (Vice Chair)
David Wilson is Professor of Criminology, Birmingham City University. Prior to taking up an academic appointment he was a Prison Governor for 14 years, working in a variety of establishments including HMPs Wormwood Scrubs, Grendon and Woodhill where he designed and ran the two units for the 12 most disruptive prisoners in the country. A noted author and broadcaster David Wilson has published widely about crime generally and prisons specifically, and presented five series of the BBC1 series Crime Squad, Channel 4's Hard Cell, BBC1's Leave No Trace, and BBC4's No More Victims. He is the Co-Editor of The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. For more information about David Wilson, see his website www.professorwilson.com
Jan Anderson has been a member of the Independent Monitoring Board of three prisons in the last 12 years, including chair of the Wandsworth board. Her particular interest is foreign nationals in prison, and immigration issues.
Matthew Ball is a government relations and communications consultant. He has led Public Affairs at both the General Medical Council and Nuffield Health, having also worked at Eversheds LLP and in the City. He has previously been involved with a mentoring project at Feltham YOI. Matthew is a member of the Campaigns Committee.
Dr Neil Chakraborti
Dr Neil Chakraborti is Reader in Criminology at the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester. He has published extensively in the fields of hate crime, victimisation, policing and diversity, and has conducted a wide range of research at a regional, national and international level, including projects commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, local authorities and policing agencies.
April Chidgey has been a member of the Howard League since 1987. Probation officer, Hampshire Probation Service until 2000. Family Court Adviser CAFCASS 2000-2005. Former trustee Hampshire and Isle of Wight Victim and Witness Support Service. Currently volunteer with Homestart Hampshire and Save the Children UK.
Professor Penny Green
Professor of Law and Criminology, School of Law, King's College London.
Samantha Kennedy works at the MS Society as a Campaigns Officer. Previously she was the National Campaigns & Membership Officer for Labour Students, one of the biggest student political organisations in the country. She spent two years as Vice-President (Welfare) and Trustee at the University of Kent Students' Union. She studied Law at the University of Kent followed by an LLM in Criminal Justice.
Richard Linenthal is one of the executors of Lord Parmoor’s Estate.
Gerry was Chief Executive of Thames Valley Probation from 2001 to 2012, during which time they were both finalists and winners of Howard League Community Justice Awards. He held the Probation Chiefs Association portfolio for Equality and Diversity and for Restorative Justice. He has served on the Equalities Boards at NOMS and Thames Valley Police, was a trustee of Thames Valley Partnership, was a member of the Grendon Advisory Panel and was vice-chair of Circles UK.
Elizabeth Morony is a partner at Clifford Chance LLP and specialises in litigation, large-scale investigations and administrative/public law. She is a member of the litigation management group and leads the Clifford Chance women’s network. Clifford Chance has hosted events for the Howard League and provided trainee solicitors to help our legal work.
Professor Tim Newburn
Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science.
James Newell has managed key income streams for a wide range charities and is now a fundraising consultant. He is secretary of the Institute of Fundraising’s Trust and Statutory Special Interest Group and volunteers with an international NGO working with prisoners in America.
Coral Newton is a chartered public finance accountant (CPFA) with over 20 years experience in public sector financial management to Director level. An independent management consultant, she has worked with KPMG, CIPFA, and the Audit Commission to promote best practice across central and local government sectors and improve the evaluation and monitoring of public spending programmes. She has experience of setting up three central Government funded bodies, with direct responsibility for finance and a range of other support services. Coral authored CIPFA’s Guide to Central Government Finance and Financial Management.
His Honour John Samuels QC
Judge John Samuels QC has been a Board member of the Criminal Justice Alliance since 2010, and its Chairman since 2012. He was previously a Circuit Judge; and had been Chairman of the Criminal Committee of the Council of Circuit Judges, where he pioneered liaison between the Council, Ministers and their officials. A long-time proponent of alternatives to custody, he was a founder member of the National Sentencer Probation Forum until March 2012, when he also retired from the London Probation Forum, of which he had been a member for 10 years. He is a Trustee and Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Howard League for Penal Reform. He is the Board member for England & Wales of the International Association of Drug Treatment Courts; and is Vice President of UNLOCK, the National Association of Reformed Offenders. Since 2005 he has been a judicial member of the Parole Board, and visits prisons up to 3 times per week. Having been a Trustee of the Prisoners' Education Trust for 13 years, and its Chairman for 6, he is now its first President. In 2012 he was appointed a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Law School, focusing on sentencing and criminal justice issues.
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff CBE
Mental health and human rights solicitor Lucy Scott-Moncrieff CBE is the managing director of Scott-Moncrieff and Associates Ltd, a virtual firm with 60 lawyers providing private client, commercial and legal aid services across England and Wales.
She is a former president of the Law Society of England and Wales and chairs its Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Committee. She is a Commissioner with the Judicial Appointments Committee, a fee paid judge for the Mental Health Tribunal and co-chair of the Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee of the International Bar Association.
Chris Sheffield OBE
Chris Sheffield spent his career as a prison governor including Liverpool, Manchester, Risley and Hindley prisons. He is currently an honorary research fellow to Salford University.
Professor Pamela Taylor
Pamela J Taylor is Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the Wales College of Medicine. She has previously held a range of clinical and managerial roles in health and related services, including Director of Medical Services for the Special Hospitals’ Service Authority (1990-1995), Member of the Executive Board of the Inner London Probation Service (1992-2002), and lead consultant psychiatrist for a high security hospital personality disorder unit for young men (1995-2004). She has published widely, mainly on the relationship between psychosis and violence and long term outcome for offender patients.
Former Chief Probation Officer for Kent and Independent Member of the Parole Board for England and Wales. Still involved in probation training and independent consultancy work in criminal justice.
Julian Weinberg is a criminal solicitor with 25 years of experience and is also an Adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and chairs the Conduct and Regulation Panel. He is a member of the Legal Services Commission Area Costs Committee and chairs the Brent Education Appeal Panel.