Meet the people helping young people to live free from exploitation and crime.
Bruce Melizan – Chair
Bruce is the Group Chief Transformation Officer of Algeco. Bruce has been in the services industry to both the public and private sectors for nearly more than 25 years both in the UK and globally. He has ten years of listed company board experience. Bruce has a BSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. Bruce has been a Trustee since 2009.
Fiona Hazell - Vice Chair
Fiona Hazell is Director of Communications and Engagement at Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity – following the merger between Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer which she helped to lead. Fiona has worked in the sector since 2002, leading marketing, communications and policy and campaigns functions for a number of women’s health and equality charities. Prior to this Fiona worked for Fishburn Hedges, The National Lottery operator Camelot and KPMG. She lives in North East London with her partner and daughter and runs, plays tennis and gardens in her spare time.
Francis is an ex footballer who after nearly 15 years in the City of London working for two of the largest investment management houses in their respective fields, has gone on to found the UK’s only trade union exclusively dedicated to amateur and semi-professional sportspeople as well as a more generic networking and support service available to all with any interest in sport at those levels. His interest in sport and commitment to tackling issues of discrimination and exclusion has led him to take on a number of roles including being a Chair on the FA’s National Chairman’s Anti – Discrimination Panel, a Hall of Fame inductee for Show Racism the Red Card, a Professional Players Guidance Group member for Kick It Out and an Ambassador for the nationwide Non- League Day campaign. Alongside this, Francis continues to fulfill one of his major passions of working directly with young people via education and motivational speaking roles.
Jeremy Hall – Hon Treasurer
A chartered accountant, Jeremy has been with KPMG for over 20 years focusing on working with global consumer and industrial markets, companies and retailers. Having spent a number of years working in Switzerland, principally in Lausanne and Geneva, Jeremy returned to London in 2010, where he is now an audit partner. Jeremy is also involved with mini and youth rugby at Harlequins. Jeremy has been a trustee since 2014.
Baroness Sally Hamwee
Sally is a member of the House of Lords (appointed as a working peer in 1991), where she is a spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats on Home Affairs and leads on Immigration. She is also a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Her political background is in local and London government; she was a councillor in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames for 20 years and a member of the Greater London Authority for its first eight years, much of that time chairing the London Assembly. By profession a solicitor, she was a partner in the London firm Clintons which specialises in the creative industries. Theatre has always been a passion (she remains a stagestruck 18 year old at heart) and she is also a trustee of the Rose Theatre, Kingston. Sally has been a trustee since 2014.
Tim is a solicitor who worked at the international law firm Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer for over 30 years and held a number of senior positions including Managing Partner of the London office. Between 1994 and 2000 he worked in Madrid. He is Trustee of a number of other charities including Access Sport and Connection at St Martins. For a number of years he chaired the London Steering Group of Business Action on Homelessness and in recognition of that work was appointed by HRH Prince Charles as his Ambassador for Responsible Business in London 2010-2012. Tim has been a Trustee since 2013.
Janine McDowell is the Deputy Managing Director, Sodexo Justice Services and has spent over 25 years working in the Criminal Justice System having joined the Prison Service in 1989 as graduate entrant. Janine joined Sodexo in 2001 and in 2003 was appointed as Director – HM Prison Bronzefield. Janine was responsible for the start-up and full operation of this brand new prison for women until taking up post as the Regional Operations Director, England & Wales in November 2007. In 2010, Janine was appointed Deputy Managing Director of Sodexo Justice Services, responsible for operations and business development. Janine is a member of the Sodexo UK&I Diversity Council with responsibility for the gender work stream and the chair of the WomenWork employee network group.
Jenny was Head of Violence and Early Offending at the Home Office for 5 years. She has worked directly with Ministers and stakeholders to create policy and strategic responses to challenging issues, led national policy on gangs and youth violence and has extensive experience of developing crime prevention and reduction strategies. Jenny left the Home Office in 2015 to take up a role as Public Services Director at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and now works as a Public Sector Consultant. Jenny also serves as Trustee for the Chandran Foundation which provides services to children and young people in low income areas to help them achieve their potential.