Supporting Justice Team
Staff

Andrew Morley - Non-Executive Director

Andrew MorleyAndrew is an established expert on issues related to policing and justice, with experience that includes policy development, operational delivery and advising Ministers. He is a recognised expert in designing and developing partnerships, and exploiting them to improve performance in law enforcement and crime reduction.

His last significant leadership role was as the very first chief executive to the London Criminal Justice Partnership from 2005 to 2011 where he designed and delivered the authoritative crime partnership arrangements for London, which in turn oversaw significant improvements in the timeliness and effectiveness of criminal justice.

Prior to this Andrew was a Senior Civil Servant with experience across the Home Office and Ministry of Justice where he held roles in policing, mental health, prisons and Immigration. He currently advises government and public sector organisations in the Middle East. Andrew also chairs the Campus Educational Trust and is a senior visiting fellow at the Institute of Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Anne Warren - CEO

AWAnne has more than 35 years’ experience working in the voluntary and not for profit sector. 15 years in international development and 20 years in criminal justice. As Campaign Manager for Oxfam in Eastern England Anne acted as their spokesperson on single and geopolitical issues. She traveled widely in this role including in South Africa,  Zimbabwe, Mozambique, India and the West Bank and Gaza. She joined Voluntary Service Overseas in 1992 as Field Director in Central America working with governments to bring in UK professionals to support and build capacity. She then joined Victim Support London as CEO in 1997 where she worked for 11 years and was a member of the London Criminal Justice Board and sat on a number of advisory boards providing a voice for victims and witnesses within the criminal justice sector in London.

In 2008 when Victim Support became a single charity Anne was appointed Head of Service Development and led on the development of policy and procedure for the Witness Service in England and Wales. In 2010 she led on the establishment of the national homicide service in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and criminal justice agencies.

In 2014 Anne set up WKM Solutions (prior to converting it to a community interest company – Supporting Justice a year later). With one of her Associates, David Kenyon, WKM Solutions was commissioned to review services for victims and survivors of the conflict/troubles in Northern Ireland. The Commission for Victims and Survivors in Norther Ireland (CVSNI) accepted the report and it was also accepted in full by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly. They were subsequently commissioned to monitor progress against their recommendations and to develop a new victims and survivors’ need’s assessment process.

Following the successful bid by Citizens Advice to run the national Witness Service in 2015, they contracted Supporting Justice as their subject matter experts for their MoJ contract. This two year contract has now been extended for a third year.

Anne has also developed relationships with DG Justice and various EU member states with a view to supporting their ambitions re: the EU Directive on Victims’ Rights. She is also actively engaged with, and Supporting Justice is an Associate member of, VS Europe.

Rhiannon Evans – Director of Services

Rhiannon Evans

As Director of Services for Supporting Justice, Rhiannon manages their largest contract with Citizens Advice, providing daily subject matter expertise to the senior management team. She has managed several projects, including leading their service re-design and supporting the implementation of a new training programme and new digital services.

Previously, Rhiannon worked for 13 years with the national charity Victim Support, latterly serving as Divisional Manager for the Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and Dorset police force areas. Having worked through the charity starting from the grassroots as a volunteer directly supporting victims, predominantly of serious crime, she has overseen the design, development and implementation of new projects including services for domestic violence, anti-social behaviour and restorative justice. She played a crucial role in securing funding following the devolvement of commissioning to police and crime commissioners and has much experience in tendering and contract management. She has been the voice of victims and witnesses in many forums, at seminars, workshops and conferences. Her roles at Victim Support included managing the Witness Service across the West Midlands and working nationally in the service development team writing policy and procedures and developing monitoring tools, including tools to achieve PQASSO accreditation. Moreover, she has managed a team of IDVAs and has worked as a caseworker within the Crown Prosecution Service, a mediator for high risk gangs and a restorative practice worker for Birmingham Youth Offending Team.

David Kenyon – Head of Business Development

David KenyonDavid works with colleagues to deliver our contract with Citizens Advice Witness Service and leads on training development as well as delivering training to volunteers working in the Witness Service. He provides quality assurance advice and support and sits on the Witness Service Improvement Programme board.

Additionally, David engages with a wide range of stakeholders and is responsible for promoting and developing the work of Supporting Justice with its existing and new client base.

David has almost 15 years’ experience of the criminal justice system including management of a Victim and Witness Service, service design, quality and assurance assessment, policy development and strategic engagement. He led on the development of a new front-end business process for Victim Support (VS) focused on assessing and meeting the needs of victims and project managed the national rollout. Before his departure from Victim Support in 2013 David led the policy, research, political and public affairs work for the organisation. This followed a two year secondment as senior policy manager in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) where he managed third sector relationships, developed wider criminal justice policy and was the MoJ lead for the development of the homicide service.

David has served on a number of key committees in the criminal justice arena and continues to take an active role on the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee (which is made up of senior criminal justice professionals) which is responsible for the rules that govern all criminal trials in England and Wales and the committee is producing new guidance on pre-trial and preparation hearings that will assist all parties, including victims and witnesses.

Sam Maxwell Smith - Social Media Officer

ASam Smiths Social Media Officer, Sam heads up all of Supporting Justice’s social media – consisting of managing two websites, including Victims Choice, engaging via Twitter and LinkedIn, and writing blogs – and undertaking desk-based research on various topics surrounding criminal and social justice, both within the UK and in mainland Europe.   

Sam has volunteered for numerous charitable causes whilst at university, including participating and then running an annual hitchhike to Morocco. Moreover, in 2015, Sam travelled throughout India and Nepal for six months. After being caught up in the April 2015 earthquake, Sam fundraised independently and then used the funds to coordinate disaster relief in Nepal. Having a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations, Sam has a keen interest in the advancement of social and criminal justice both at home and internationally. He focused his third year primarily in political theory – looking at morality within crime and punishment – and also in comparative politics and international relations.

Associates

Paula Ellen

Paula EllenPaula was an NHS therapist specialising in trauma before moving to work for the Witness Service. She then spent five years working for Victim Support’s national centre, supporting policy and skills development for victim and witness services across the UK and, more recently, re-joined the organisation as a training manager.

Paula has been employed as victims’ expert on numerous high-profile European Commission and Ministry of Justice projects, assisting governments in Romania, Croatia and Turkey in developing their support to victims and witnesses of crime so that they are in line with EU standards. She jointly led a major 2-year EU research and training project around the service needs of victims of terrorist attack and acted as the UK expert for the European Forum for Restorative Justice and the International Institute Tilberg, developing EU standards for assisting victims. She was an adviser to the Social Care Institute of Excellence on the production of their published guidance, Caring in a Crisis, and is an expert member of the European Forum for Traumatic Stress.

Paula has designed accredited learning programmes on an extensive range of crime and justice related issues, and delivered training to the Police, and a range of other public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

Brioni Allcorn

Brioni has worked in and around the Criminal Justice System her whole career. Admitted as a solicitor in 1992, she worked for a number of years as a legal adviser and manager providing legal and procedural advice in magistrates’ courts and delivering training to magistrates and their legal advisers.

Brioni has been involved in the design and delivery of training for over 20 years. This has included providing policy and training advice in relation to judicial training as a Senior Training Adviser at the Judicial College, and training staff and volunteers within Victim Support.

John Hayward-Cripps

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAJsAAAAJDMxMThkYmFmLWMwZWMtNDUwOS04NTg3LWFlOTk3M2E4MDI3MwJohn has spent his entire career working with vulnerable people from grass roots to executive level. From outdoor pursuits instructor with harder to reach young people, working with young offenders, child protection social worker, managing and completely redesigning a nationwide children’s charity to Director and Acting Chief Executive and Operations Director of Victim Support’s 1,500 staff and 6,000 volunteers. While at Victim Support John led the change management programme in the South East, South West and East of England from a single MoJ grant to locally commissioned services, increasing annual turnover. John has significant experience in contract negotiation at local and national level and partnership development including leading as Chair of NCVYS’s Safeguarding Group responsible for developing the ‘Sound System’ child protection kite mark.

John has proven success in large scale national operational service design, re-organisation and performance management. Working very closely with several charities Boards, John has led governance reviews and cultural changes within local and national organisations and played a lead role in the merger of 77 local Victim Support charities into a large, single national charity.

Sally Lewis OBE

Sally is an experienced senior leader with a professional background in criminal justice and broader social welfare and public protection services. Her career within the Probation Service led to her appointment as Chief Probation Officer of Avon and Somerset in 2008. As a member of the Criminal Justice Board in that area Sally was Chair of the Victims and Witnesses Group. Amongst her leadership achievements was the pioneering with police partners of Integrated Offender Management (IOM) and she was Portfolio Lead on IOM for the Probation Chiefs Association.

Sally is the Independent Chair of the Bristol Children Safeguarding Board and of the South Gloucestershire Adult Safeguarding Board. She is a Trustee and Director of the Howard League for Penal Reform whose work and campaigns focus upon achieving less crime and fewer victims. She is a Strategic Board member of the Academy for Justice Commissioning and currently facilitates a learning group for commissioners and provider representatives of victim and witness services from England, Scotland and Wales.

Sarah Hartley

Sarah is a trained counsellor, trainer and restorative justice facilitator with broad experience in education, management, criminal justice processes and international development. She has designed and delivered workshops for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Devon and Cornwall, Devon Youth Offending Team and SSAFA forces in Germany and Cyprus, among others. Sarah has also worked as a trainer for Victim Support and Action for Children, as an education consultant in northern Uganda and as an Associate Lecturer in Counselling at Exeter College.

Catherine Russ

Catherine is a Learning and Adult Education Specialist and Accredited Partnership Broker.  She has worked in senior and advisory roles in the humanitarian, development and non-profit sectors for over 20 years working in diverse organisations such as Save the Children, Victim Support, MIND and Workers’ Educational Association amongst others.

Most recently, as Head of Learning and Development at Save the Children she was involved in setting up the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, a global cross-sector collaborative initiative entailing multiple consultations and workshops in countries such as Philippines, Indonesia, Kenya and Thailand.

Catherine is an expert facilitator and moderator and has facilitated and presented at many workshops, conferences and public events around the world. Her Partnership Brokering work has led her to most recently specialise on partnerships and consortia work and supporting groups to develop best practice skills and tools around collaboration and maximising effectiveness in partnership working.  She holds an MSc in Adult Education and Training.

Carolyn Hodrien

Carolyn has worked in the victim and witness sector for over 12 years. Experienced in training delivery and development, driving operational management, change management, service improvement and development for voluntary organisations. Carolyn’s previous role was as a Service Director for the charity Victim Support covering the north of England working with all levels, from frontline to Executive Team and Trustee Board to delivering services to victims and witnesses of crime.

Carolyn has worked extensively abroad, most recently designing and delivering training courses  and developing a strategy for the VAWG agenda in Egypt; she also works with victim services commissioners to develop support services for victims of crime. Additionally, she also provides extensive safeguarding training for healthcare professionals across Wales.

Jane Shackman

Jane ShackmanJane is an expert trainer and consultant in trauma, crisis and victim support. She designs and delivers training to public and not-for-profit organisations, the private sector and academic institutions in the UK and overseas, focusing on human rights, social justice and effective support of victims, with a particular interest in people’s resilience and how to promote resilience in those we work with. She has worked with refugees, displaced people and survivors of violence, serious crime, torture and terrorist attacks.

Jane has worked overseas as a trainer and consultant for international NGOs in areas post-conflict, including Bosnia, Rwanda, Somaliland, the Caucasus and Sudan. She conducted psycho-social programme evaluations in Sierra Leone and Kosovo and worked on EU projects in Turkey and Romania for the Ministry of Justice. She is a bereavement counsellor supporting those bereaved by murder and suicide and is a member of the Red Cross psycho-social team (international emergency response).

Roma Grant

Roma is a consultant with extensive experience in governance, systems analysis and organisational development, creating transformational change in non-profit organisations.  Over 20 years of experience in the health and social care, education and criminal justice sectors, included leading on mergers, governance reviews, and service delivery restructure, working with staff and volunteers to provided client-focussed, cost efficient services.  Roma has also delivered the corporate services functions in a number of organisations, including Victim Support London.

Roma is currently a governor on a recently merged Further Education college and a governor for the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama.

Michele Lazarus

Michèle has had over 30 years’ experience as a trainer as well as working as a manager, a counsellor, a hypnotherapist and a researcher. She spent 10 years working in the NHS followed by 20 years in the not-for-profit sector.

In addition to her employment, she has also run a freelance training and research business over the past 20 years, working with a range of clients including social services, housing associations and arts organisations.

She has designed a wide variety of training programmes as well as delivering courses.

Her employed posts have centred around reproductive health and HIV prevention, parenting skills and community justice. She worked for Victim Support as a Training Manager and Researcher for 7 years and then in a freelance capacity.

Michèle has an MA and an MSc as well as being a trained counsellor and hypnotherapist. She also holds qualifications in Health Promotion and NVQ assessment.

We are always keen to hear from people with relevant expertise who may wish to talk to us about joining our team of Associates – 0208 004 1577 –  info@supportingjustice.org.uk

Advisory Board
The Advisory Board is chaired by the Non-Executive Director Andrew Morley

Simon Foy QPM LLB

Simon was with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) for 30 years, reaching the rank of Commander in 2003. He has a background in specialist crime investigation (having led the teams in the MPS dealing with murder, rape and child abuse), and community policing (having been the Borough Commander in Lambeth). As a senior leader in the MPS he has been involved in a wide range of high risk operational activities, many of which have been in the national and international news. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service in the New Year’s Honours List in 2009.

As a member of the Association of Police Officers (ACPO) and as deputy chair of the ACPO Homicide Working Group he was the national lead for the role of Family Liaison Officers (FLO) as part of investigations. In this capacity he represented ACPO in the setting up of the first National Homicide Service and as such was responsible for integrating the police and wider investigative aspects of the delivery of this service. He also supported the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is its process to decide which third sector organisations were suitable for funding to provide support to families of victims of homicide.

Since his retirement from the service in 2012, he has been engaged in a wide range of portfolio activities in both the public and private sector as a limited company – Selltow Consultancy Limited.

He has participated in discussions and advised those who have taken steps to set up Supporting Justice CIC as a means of providing proper support for victims and witnesses (Witness Service).

Mike Kennedy CBE

Mike qualified as a solicitor 1980 and was in private practice in the West Midlands before moving to Norfolk. He joined the CPS when it was formed in 1986. In 1987 he was promoted to work in CPS HQ where he oversaw a wide range of specialist and often high profile prosecutions. He also spent time as an adviser to the Attorney General, on international matters, extraditions and other sensitive cases. In 1994 Mike conducted a review of SFO and serious fraud for the Attorney General, DPP and Director SFO. He also spent time establishing the first CPS internal inspectorate and as Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor in the East Midlands and at HQ Casework.

Mike was the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Sussex from 1999 until 2001 when he was appointed as the UK national member of Eurojust working in Brussels and leading EU collaboration between investigators and prosecutors to tackle serious cross border crime. He was elected as the first President of Eurojust in 2002 and re-elected in 2005.
In 2007 Mike returned to the CPS as its first Chief Operating Officer responsible for operational delivery, performance, quality and links to other stakeholders in the criminal justice system. He managed all the Chief Crown Prosecutors and CPS Specialist casework Divisions. In June 2008 he was awarded the CBE for services to CPS and to MLA in the EU. He retired as Chief Operating Officer at the end of 2012. Mike remains a member of the European Commission’s Advisory Group on EU Criminal Justice Policy.

Mike is also a member of the Amato Group on Migration and Security in Europe. He has worked in and advised on improvements to the criminal justice systems in China, Turkey, Moldova and The Bahamas.

Kathleen O'Hara

Kathleen OharaKathleen O’Hara is an international victim services specialist, psychotherapist and author of A Grief Like No Other, surviving the violent death of someone you love, a classic resource on traumatic bereavement.

She is a consultant for the Federal Office of Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center in the US Department of Justice. She has delivered keynote speeches, workshops and training on victims’ issues in the United States, Europe, Russia and Canada.

She has developed innovative training programs and has helped shape policy for criminal justice practitioners, service organisations and social workers. In addition, she has created new approaches to Compassion Fatigue and Mindfulness for various organisations, including the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the UK.

She is an excellent, dynamic and innovative speaker and trainer, having both the experience of a victim of crime and extensive professional expertise. She now resides in the UK where she continues her work with victims of crime and those who serve them. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology

Henry Velleman

HGV 1346x1181 (002)Henry is an engineer by profession, having spent his working life in the transport industry, initially with the Ford Motor Company Ltd and then with his family business in Hackney, East London.

He became involved with Victim Support in 1997 and spent the next 15 years “addicted” to volunteering with them. Starting as a Trustee in a London borough, he went on to be involved in the governance of the organisation at the highest level. His proudest time was as Chair of Trustees of Victim Support London over several years. He took a very active role in numerous criminal justice projects including lead negotiator for both the very successful introduction of automated referral of victims of crime, from the Metropolitan Police to the 31 London borough VS schemes; and also the merging of the 31 London charities into the single National Charity. Amongst others, he represented Victim Support London on the Metropolitan Police Authority’s Race Hate Crime Forum, the London Restorative Justice Network and numerous Victim Support committees. He served on Victim Support’s National Council, the Assembly and the Board of Trustees – becoming Chair of the first two.

After retiring from the governance of VS in 2011, he took on several projects as a volunteer including developing and introducing a PC based Witness Service data collection tool that remained the mainstay for statistical analysis of witness services until the service was taken over by Citizens Advice in 2015.  He retired from VS in 2012 and now volunteers at least 1 day a week at the RAF Museum in Hendon, North London. As a valued member of their volunteer vehicle team, he helps to look after their collection of artifacts. Henry is delighted to have joined the Advisory Board of Supporting Justice and to be, once again, working to improve victim and witness care.

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