Gerry Marshall Gerry rejoined the Board of Trustees in 2013 and became Chair in November 2013. Gerry was Chief Executive of Thames Valley Probation from 2001 to 2012, and was the Probation Chief’s Association lead for Restorative Justice and Diversity and Equality, and was on the Equalities Board for NOMS and Thames Valley Police. He is a Trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform, an associate of Thames Valley Partnership, an assessor with the Restorative Justice Council for the Restorative Service Quality Mark, and an associate consultant for Leadership Insight. Gerry worked as a subject matter expert for MTCnovo in their successful bid to run the Community Rehabilitation Companies in London and Thames Valley under the Transforming Rehabilitation programme. Currently Gerry is working as a consultant and trainer for Abu Dhabi Police (as part of a Salford University team), introducing Restorative Justice and effective release planning arrangements at the Al Mafraq Juvenile Welfare Centre.
Sheila Lewis Sheila brings to the Circles UK Board of Trustees a wide range of leadership and consultancy experience. Sheila has been a management consultant for 30 years. Initially with KPMG, then with CSL, Deloitte and Dearle & Henderson. She established her own management consultancy company in 2002. In addition to consultancy Sheila has held a number of interim posts as Director and Chief Executive for a range of charities. Her focus has been on strategic development, growing and changing not-for-profit and public sector organisations to meet developing contexts and to improve their performance. Sheila has also been a part-time lecturer on Modern China at City Literary Institute and an Occasional Lecturer on UK Local Government for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. Sheila is also a Trustee of Jurassica and a Non Executive Director of Swan Housing Group.
James Wilson FCA James is an experienced Chartered Accountant with a track record of leadership and change management up to Board level within the public sector. James has held finance roles in central government, criminal justice sector, voluntary sector, and higher education. James is currently Head of Finance at the College of Policing.
Peter Mate Peter spent 20 years as a practitioner and Manager with Probation, prior to re-training as a Prison Governor, subsequently working across a range of establishments. In recent years he worked as a NOMS regional lead on Public Protection, advising the MAPPA lead agencies across Northern England and contributing to various national Boards. Following retirement in 2014, Peter is a part-time lecturer in Criminal Justice at Bradford University, and prior to joining the Circles UK Board of Trustees, was Vice Chair of Yorkshire & Humberside Circles.
Para Mullan Para has more than fifteen years of experience in human resource management. Para obtained her masters in industrial relations and human resource management at the London School of Economics. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Currently Para is a project and business relationship manager working, coincidentally, at the CIPD headquarters. Para’s expertise is people management and prior to being at the CIPD she worked as Operations and Human Resource Manager at a digital company overseeing the delivery of its digital services as well as managing the operational workforce. Para came to Britain in the early 1970s from Malaysia to train as a nurse. For 15 years she worked in the NHS in hospitals around the country, before deciding a career change and obtaining a degree in Sociology and Politics in Manchester in the late 1980s. Her particular interest lies in researching the changing nature of work since the 1980s. She has spoken and written on multiple aspects of work and people practices. She is also passionate about freedom and civil liberties, especially the right to free speech and individual autonomy.
Duncan Sheppard Duncan brings to Circles UK 30 years’ experience as a Suffolk Police Officer the last 3 years working on a National level within Her Majesty’s Inspectorate Constabularies designing and conducting reviews into child sexual exploitation and then as the National Police lead for the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) responsible for strategic policy, expert advice and quality assurance of serious case reviews and implementation of the new National Police risk framework known as ARMS. He is a National Safeguarding Panel Board member for the Church of England and advisor to them. He has 13 years’ experience working in multi-agency safeguarding specialising in child abuse investigations, child sexual exploitation and sex offender management. He is a national and international police trainer in safeguarding, sex offender management and risk assessments . He conducts risk assessments on sex offenders and has conducted reviews for Police Forces and other countries into their procedures and operations to do with MAPPA, CSE and Information exchange.