Sue Wade (Chair)
Former deputy chief probation officer and youth justice manager in Hampshire. Currently work as an adviser for various criminal justice organisations and charities. Member of the Howard League since 1989.
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
Coral Newton (Honorary Treasurer)
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.
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.
Kevin McGrath is the Managing Director of REIT Asset Management, an investment management company and is chair of the McGrath Charitable Trust. He is a trustee of a number of different bodies including the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and is chair of the QPR Ladies Football Club. Kevin McGrath served as a Commissioner on the Howard League’s Commission on English Prisons Today.
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.
His Honour John Samuels QC
John Samuels QC was a Circuit Judge until his retirement in April 2006. A long-time proponent of alternatives to custody, he still represents the Council of Circuit Judges on the London Probation Forum. He continues to sit ad hoc in the Crown Court. He remains a judicial member of the Parole Board. He chairs the Prisoners' Education Trust; is the Board member for England & Wales of the International Association of Drug Treatment Courts; a Council member of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. He is the only judge who sits on the National Sentencer Probation Forum; and serves on Home Office policy groups. He chairs the Howard League Legal Management Committee.
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.
Cynthia Winifred works as a service manager for children and young people's services at Lambeth Council. She has extensive knowledge and experience with children and young people spanning the fields of youth offending, looked after children, care leavers, children with disabilities and children in the asylum process.
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.