Sue Wade OBE

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.

Professor Neil Chakraborti

Neil Chakraborti is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester and Director of the Leicester Centre for Hate Studies. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, Chair of Research for the Board of Trustees of the Howard League for Penal Reform, and Series Editor of Palgrave Hate Studies. 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.


Professor Penny Green

Professor of Law and Criminology, School of Law, King's College London.

Samantha Kennedy

Samantha Kennedy co-chairs the Howard League's Research, Policy and Campaigns Committee. She works at Age UK as a Senior Campaigns Officer. She has worked in campaigning, public affairs and supporter engagement roles at a number of national charities after starting her career in the Student movement holding elected roles in the National Union of Students and Labour Students. Samantha studied Law at the University of Kent followed by an LLM in Criminal Justice.

Eoin McLennan-Murray

Eoin McLennan-Murray graduated from London University (Queen Mary College) with a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences in 1977 and joined the Prison Service in 1978 on their graduate scheme.

He has worked in 10 different prisons, three of which as governing governor. In 2000 he completed his Masters Degree in Criminology and Prison Studies at The Institute of Criminology, Cambridge  University. He was President of the Prison Governors' Association for 4.5 years before retiring from the Prison Service in 2015.

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. 

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
Vice Chair

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.