Annette joined the CJA as its first Deputy Director in May 2021 and was appointed interim Director in October 2023 . 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 is currently Co-Chair of Board of Trustees at Hibiscus Initiatives, a member of the CJA.
Mark has worked across the voluntary and community sector for more than three decades. He has a broad range of experience from both the criminal justice and race equality sectors. He was previously Criminal Justice Policy Officer at Action for Race Equality (formerly BTEG). More recently he has worked in police consultation as Project Manager for Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board and directly in two prisons as a consultant helping to progress the Lammy Recommendations.
As Policy Manager, Mark leads the policy, public affairs and research work of the CJA.
Holly joined the Criminal Justice Alliance in April 2023 as Communications and Engagement Manager. Before joining the CJA, Holly was Senior Communications Officer at criminal justice watchdog Fair Trials, where she raised awareness of fair trial rights issues internationally. She has also held fundraising and communications roles at the NHS charity CW+, and the Prisoners’ Advice Service.
Holly leads on all communications for the CJA including press and media inquiries, amplifying the work of our 200 members.
After an 8-year career in the care sector, supporting individuals through rehab and crisis, Tasha spent just under 5 years working in social housing. She managed a community centre and developed Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) programs to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve community cohesion in areas of high deprivation. She also worked for a charity supporting child survivors of domestic violence and their families.
Venturing into social enterprise, Tasha specifically developed programs and courses for young people experiencing the criminal justice system (CJS) to increase their employability, social, and life skills. This includes partnering on the Culture Exchange Program, led by London’s own Social Ark.
Tasha leads the CJA’s leadership programme, ELEVATE CJS, which aims to promote the redistribution of power to people with lived experience of the criminal justice system.
Eulina began her career as a social researcher, and has worked at several charities in press/media roles, as well as teaching A-Level sociology at the Open University and various colleges. Most recently, Eulina worked as an employment coach at The Forward Trust, supporting people in prison with employment and education opportunities. Fully committed to helping people tackle disadvantage and improve life chances, Eulina is a volunteer mentor at ReachOut, a national mentoring and education charity.
At the CJA, Eulina works closely with the ELEVATE CJS Project Manager to support the delivery of the CJAs lived experience leadership programme.
As Finance Officer, Louise works alongside the team in preparing and maintaining the CJAs financial records. Previously, Louise was the Administrator for Student Minds, a mental health charity for university students. In this role, she was responsible for the administration of recruitment, finance, and office management. She was also part of the People and Culture team that was responsible for the wellbeing of the team. Prior to this, Louise was a Law and Criminology teacher in various secondary schools in Yorkshire.
Nick joined the board of trustees in July 2023. Nick is a former prison officer with a background in policy, working across the adult male and female estates. He has lectured at the University of Law and is undertaking a PhD examining human rights in prison healthcare settings at the University of York. He has previously served on the board of the Kirklees Citizen Advice and Law Centre, and currently works in governance for a consumer regulator.
CJ joined the board of trustees in 2018 and became Vice Chair in 2022. She also chairs the ELEVATE CJS advisory group. CJ currently works at the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit and leads on their Education and Parenting work. Previously CJ worked at St Giles Trust for over seven years, on the national SOS+ Service, aimed at preventing young people’s involvement in gangs and youth violence. CJ is an award-winning ex-Longford Scholar who achieved a first-class honours law degree while in prison. She is also a Trustee of The Longford Trust.
Alex joined the board of trustees in July 2023. Alex is a professor in Criminal Justice at the University of Kent, a trustee of Harm Reduction International, and chair of the Drug Science Enhanced Harm Reduction Working Group. He is a previous member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy. He is currently researching police drug diversion schemes and services for people being released from prison. His latest book on Drug Policy Constellationswill be published by Bristol University Press in January 2024.
Frances joined the board of trustees in July 2023. Frances was a partner of a private equity investment fund before moving into the charity sector as Interim CEO of Media Trust and CEO of Variety, the children’s charity. She has volunteered for a number of charities (including Little Village, UK Youth, The Shannon Trust and the Charity Finance Group) and is also a Trustee of Become, the national charity for children in care and care leavers. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant nearly 30 years ago with Arthur Andersen, she held a variety of senior finance roles in London, Hong Kong, and Paris including MTV, STAR TV, Publicis Groupe, Talent Group and Michael Page.
Jason joined the board of trustees in July 2023.Jason is a lived experience researcher and practitioner who works to improve outcomes for people within the mental health system. Currently working for the NHS, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Healthy Brains Global Initiative, and King’s College London working on a programme of research investigating recovery colleges.Jason sits on several mental health advisory boards including the NIHR Applied Research Collaborative for Kent, Surrey, and Sussex; Mental Health Implementation Network; and University College London’s Institute of Mental Health.Jason has degrees from Goldsmiths, University of London, City University London, University of Glasgow, and completed the Pathways to Success programme at University of Oxford.
Nick joined the board of trustees 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.
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.
Rod joined the board of trustees 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.
Stuart joined the board of trustees in June 2023. Stuart is a newly retired chartered accountant and chartered management accountant with a long career in financial management. He spent over 30 years in the not-for-profit sector in a number of senior positions, including 14 years as Finance Director of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and its associated charities. Stuart is an experienced trustee and treasurer having served with the Orbit Housing Group, Central and Cecil Housing Trust and the University of London Union.