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.

Sally Lewis (Honorary Treasurer)

Sally Lewis is former chief probation officer, Avon & Somerset Probation Trust.


Jan Anderson

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

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

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

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.

Gerry Marshall

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

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.

Coral Newton

Coral Newton is a chartered public finance accountant (CPFA) with extensive senior management experience in public and charitable sectors, with direct responsibility for finance and a range of other support services. She is currently Director of Planning and Resources at NCVO, and a member of the Charity Finance Group and Honorary Treasurers Forum. Her previous roles included the Royal College of Nursing, Consumer Focus and HM Courts service. As an independent management consultant, she has worked with KPMG, CIPFA, and the Audit Commission. She has experience of start-ups and mergers in public and charitable sectors. Coral was Honorary Treasurer of the Howard League for seven years.

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 is a senior advisor to Salford University Centre for Prison Studies. Chris Sheffield joined the Prison Service in 1980 and has over a decade of governing governor experience. His last prison was Manchester, which was awarded ‘high performing prison status’ for two successive years during his tenure. He was awarded his OBE in 2008 for his long and distinguished career in the Prison Service.

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.