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Meet the Board

Adam Stebbings (Interim Chair)

Adam is a graduate Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience in the commercial world, followed by nine years in the charity sector in which he has occupied the roles of CEO, COO, CFO and trustee/treasurer. He is currently engaged in mentoring a number of charity CEOs and leading a variety of change management projects.

Deanna Rodger

Deanna Rodger is an actor and spoken word poet. She is the youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007). She completed vocational acting training in The National Youth Theatres (NYT) REP Company 2012. She has written and performed as a poet and actor in 2012 Olympic Team Welcome Ceremonies, Buckingham Palace and Speakers House. She runs Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is in poetry collectives: Rubix, Point Blank Poets and Keats House Poetry Forum.

Jen Byrne

Jen Byrne is a senior Strategy and Business Development professional, with over ten years experience of delivering over £300m of growth for a range of organisations providing public services in the UK. Her interest is in tackling new and emerging markets where the challenge is shaping the market, creating the capacity and quality of solutions to deliver change and aligning the commercial framework to create a sustainable platform for commissioners and providers.

Peter Mayhew-Smith

Peter is the Principal at Kingston College. He has worked as a ‘Skills for Life’ practitioner for twenty years, starting as a community education tutor in west London where he held a succession of roles including home learning manager, creative writing co-ordinator and equal opportunities officer. He co-wrote a guide to London for people with disabilities (‘Access in London’, published by Nicholsons).

Gary Monaghan

With over 20 years’ experience in the Prison Service Gary Monaghan is Governing Governor of HMP Pentonville. This is the second establishment Gary has governed with a career that has spanned a variety of operational and non –operational roles within the Prison Service.  He has particularly expertise in offender health and the use of information technology in the custodial environment.

Eloise Shepherd

Eloise Shepherd is currently Head of Housing and Planning Policy at London Councils, an organisation representing London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London, making the case to government, the Mayor and others to get the best deal for Londoners and to ensure that member authorities have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses. Before taking up this role in 2016, Eloise was leading on the housing policy agenda, especially on the Housing and Planning Act and homelessness, at LB Camden. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2007 and since then has worked in the Criminal Justice Sector and voluntary sector grant making in addition to housing work.

Corin Morgan Armstrong

Corin has experience in various custodial/ rehabilitation/senior management positions, including programme designer and staff trainer for ‘motivating offenders to change’, senior prison custody officer and founder/chair of ‘Parc supporting families’ (on-going). Additionally, Corin has developed a keen and proactive relationship with Safe Ground over the years, and has a main interest in the Fathers inside and Family man programmes.

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