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About the CJA

Our Staff & Trustees

The CJA has a small staff team, which is supported by a board of trustees. We also regularly employ paid interns from the Longford Trust.

Our staff team

Nina Champion

Nina Champion

Director

Nina joined the CJA as Director in July 2018. She was previously Head of Policy at Prisoners’ Education Trust, where she set up the Prisoner Learning Alliance. She began her career as a criminal defence solicitor and then ran various prevention, rehabilitation and resettlement projects for Catch22, the Prisons Advice and Care Trust and Women in Prison. In 2018, Nina was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship and travelled to the United States and around Europe to research prison university partnerships and lived experience leadership.

Contact Nina on nina.champion@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk.

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Annette So

Deputy Director

Annette joined the CJA as its first Deputy Director in May 2021. Annette was previously Deputy Director at The Death Penalty Project where she was responsible for organisational development including strategic planning, fundraising, financial management and charity governance, as well as leading on criminal justice reform projects across different jurisdictions. Annette started her career as a solicitor at Allen & Overy LLP and holds a Master of Laws from Columbia University, New York. She is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and a Trustee of Hibiscus Initiatives, a member of CJA.

Contact Annette on annette.so@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk.

Hannah Pittaway

Hannah Pittaway

Senior Policy Officer

Hannah joined the CJA as Senior Policy Officer in October 2021. Hannah has worked in criminal justice policy for over five years. Most recently, she worked in the policy team at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons where she supported the Chief Inspector in his engagement with policy makers and Parliament to improve outcomes for people in prison. Prior to this, she led policy work at Spark Inside. Hannah holds a MSc in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and she was awarded the Titmuss Prize for outstanding dissertation. 

Contact Hannah on hannah.pittaway@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk

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Jamie Morrell

Communications and Engagement Officer

Jamie has been the Communications and Engagement Officer at the CJA since January 2020. Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Sheffield, and first became interested in criminal justice while reporting on criminal cases in the magistrates courts and Crown Court as a trainee journalist. Prior to joining the CJA, Jamie worked for a public relations and digital marketing agency, helping tech and education companies with their communications. 

Contact Jamie on jamie.morrell@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk.

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Lee Cutter

Awards Intern

Lee joined the CJA as Awards Intern in August 2021. He is a former Longford Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Sunderland and a master’s degree in Drawing from Royal Drawing School. Before joining the CJA team, Lee worked at Koestler Arts for five years as Senior Arts and Exhibitions Assistant, processing thousands of artworks for its annual awards and co-producing exhibitions and events across the UK. Lee’s own artwork often provides insight into his lived experience in young offending institutions and has been exhibited nationally in the Royal Academy, Christie’s and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as abroad in Belgium and France.

Contact Lee on Lee.Cutter@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk.


Trustees

Kevin Wong, Chair  

Kevin was appointed as a trustee by the board in April 2019 and became Chair in September 2020.  Kevin is a Reader in Community Justice and Associate Director of Criminal Justice at the Policy and Evaluation Research Unit (PERU), Manchester Metropolitan University. He is Co-Editor of the British Journal of Community Justice and the founder and Director of the Manchester Crime and Justice Film Festival. He was formerly Assistant Director at Nacro, and a manager at Citizens Advice, developing services for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people. 

Lucy Jaffé, Vice-Chair  

Lucy has been a trustee since 2018. She is the Director of Why me? the national charity established to make restorative justice available to all victims of crime. Lucy was on the Board of Directors of Whitespace Software and went on to run her own marketing and communications consultancy, prior to which she founded and ran Reunite, the National Council for Abducted Children. 

Carol Hodson, Treasurer 

Carol has been a trustee since January 2019 and was appointed as Treasurer in April 2020. Carol is an experienced finance director and company secretary with 30 years of experience in the charity sector, including at the Princes Trust, the Royal Voluntary Service and the United Nations Association UK. She has also been Treasurer of the Fawcett Society and Peace Direct. 

CJ Burge 

CJ has been a trustee since 2018. CJ is SOS+ National Service Manager at St Giles. SOS+ is a national project that prevents young people from becoming involved in gangs and youth violence by equipping them with tools, knowledge and support, delivered by experts with lived experience. CJ is an award-winning ex-Longford Scholar who achieved a first-class honours law degree while in prison. CJ chairs the CJA Lived Experience Expert Group. 

Caroline Drummond 

Caroline was appointed as a trustee by the board in January 2019. Caroline is Programme Manager for Safer Children and Young People at the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). Prior to this, she was Policy and Public Affairs Manager for Nacro. She was formerly a Policy Officer for the Institute of Fundraising and has a master’s degree in the Charities Act. 

Kimberley Lamb 

Kimberley was appointed as a trustee in September 2020. She is Head of Bedfordshire’s Violence and Exploitation unit (VERU). Prior to this she was Head of Victim Services and Early Intervention Lead for Signpost Victims Hub. She is an experienced youth justice professional and the former Vice Chair of Bedfordshire Police’s Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel. 

Rod Morgan 

Rod was appointed as a trustee by the board in January 2019. Rod is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Bristol, Visiting Professor at the University of Sussex and an Associate of the Birkbeck University Centre for Prison Studies. He was formerly Chief Inspector of Probation and Chairman of the Youth Justice Board. He has also served on an IMB, as a magistrate, a Parole Board member and as an advisor to the Council of Europe.

Tebussum Rashid 

Tebussum was appointed as a trustee by the board in January 2019. Tebussum is Deputy Chief Executive of Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) and Secretariat for EQUAL. She is a member of the Lammy Review External Advice Scrutiny Panel and a Trustee of Peace & Desist. She is a former grants manager and evaluation officer. 

Nadine Smith 

Nadine was appointed as a trustee by the board in January 2019. Nadine is a Project Coordinator for the Young Justice Advisors, after being a member of the project for 5 years. Nadine is also a trustee for the Alliance for Youth Justice. She uses her years of engagement and lived experience to create change. Nadine is also a member of the Independent Office for Police Conduct’s Youth Panel. 

Rachel Allan

Rachel joined the board of trustees in October 2021. Rachel works for Aviva Investors and leads on learning, talent and inclusion where she helps employees to develop their skills and knowledge and supports the organisation to become more diverse. She has a background in teaching adults and started her career training people in prison and those with convictions, working for organisations including Nacro and St Giles Trust. Rachel was previously trustee for Headway and two sexual health charities.

Nick Evans

Nick was appointed as a trustee in October 2021. He is a finance leader with over 15 years’ experience in the film and television sector, having worked for Disney, Paramount Pictures and Universal. In his current role at Warner Media, Nick focuses on business performance, strategy and risk management. A qualified accountant, he originally trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers where his diverse client list included a number of national and local charities. Nick has also spent a year volunteering as a mentor with Chance UK, an early intervention children’s charity.

Natasha Langleben

Natasha joined as a trustee in October 2021. She is a manager within a London local authority children’s services department with a particular focus on care leavers, and contextual and transitional safeguarding as an approach to safeguarding young people. She has a particular interest in violence reduction. Natasha is also a social entrepreneur and has co-founded a number of charities and social enterprises, including forCrohns, Linkey and currently Two Generations.

Lucie Russell

Lucie was appointed a trustee in October 2021. She has over 30 years’ experience of senior leadership in a range of third sector social justice organisations. She is currently the CEO of Street Doctors, empowering young people affected by violence with emergency first aid skills and increasing their understanding of the consequences of violence. Lucie’s career began as a youth worker. She then became a social worker and worked with young people with mental health issues and in child protection. Lucie was one of the founders of the Big Issue, and subsequently set up its charity The Big Issue Foundation.