Skip to main content
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 at nina.champion@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk.

AS photo 2021

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 the CJA.

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

Hannah

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 at hannah.pittaway@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk

Kenya

Kenya Lamb 

Equalities Policy Officer

Kenya joined the CJA in April 2022. She is responsible for the CJA’s new 12-month project on tackling race inequality in the criminal justice system. In her previous role as Senior Fearless Outreach Worker at Crimestoppers, Kenya worked with the most vulnerable young people across London, helping them navigate a safer path to adulthood by providing them with an alternative option to anonymously report crime. Kenya is a panel member of the Local Scrutiny Involvement Panel for the Crown Prosecution Service, an associate member of the Alliance of Youth Justice and is a member of the Youth Management Group for the Hope Collective. She holds a BA in History from the University of Essex.

Contact Kenya at  kenya.lamb@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk

nola

Nola Sterling 

ELEVATE Project Manager

Nola joined the CJA in May 2022. Nola is leading the CJA’s new 30-month pilot lived experience leadership programme, ELEVATE CJS. Nola has over ten years of management experience in the voluntary sector. She is a staunch advocate against racial inequalities within the criminal justice system and seeks policy reforms in rehabilitation specifically surrounding women who have been imprisoned. Nola is a Trustee of Clean Break and Women in Prison, both CJA members. She is completing a Sociology and Politics BA at Goldsmiths University and in her spare time, she also produces a podcast as a social commentator highlighting the issues affecting the African Diaspora.

Contact Nola at nola.sterling@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk.

Ash

Ash Rookwood

Policy, Communications and Engagement Intern

Ash joined the CJA as the Policy, Communications and Engagement Intern in January 2022. He has a first-class honours degree in Business with Economics from the Open University through a scholarship programme with the Longford Trust. He developed the Longford Trust legacy strategy and worked with a tech start-up providing employment opportunities for diverse talent within the justice system. Ash interned with Eurasia Group in political risk analysis and business development and advised the Solicitors Regulation Authority on its recruitment process for people within the justice system. He is also a One Young World ambassador.

Contact Ash at Ashley.rookwood@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk.


Our trustees

Keving Wong

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. 

CJ Burge

CJ Burge 

Vice-Chair

CJ has been a trustee since 2018 and became Vice Chair in May 2022. 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. She is also a Trustee of The Longford Trust. 

news placeholder

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. 

Rachel Allen

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.

Caroline Drummond

Caroline Drummond 

Caroline was appointed as a trustee in January 2019. She 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. 

Nick Evans

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.

Lucy pic 2021

Lucy Jaffé

Lucy has been a trustee since 2018 and was Vice Chair until May 2022. 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. 

Natasha Langleben

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.

Rod Morgan

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 an advisor to the Council of Europe.

Tebs Rashid

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. 

Lucie Russell

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.