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The Trustees

Alongside the CEO, Belong’s board of trustees provide strategic oversight of Belong’s projects, contributing to sustainability, strategic growth, financial controls, and the management of risk. The members of the trustee board utilise their experience of working in prisons; overseeing legal teams; undertaking complex criminal law case work; managing youth offending teams; heading integrated offender management projects; facilitating successful marketing and communications campaigns; managing multi-agency partnerships; undertaking senior and strategic financial leadership within public and voluntary sectors; and working extensively with disadvantaged groups.


Emma Stuart

Emma Stuart - Chair of Trustees

Emma enjoyed 18 years’ experience in Criminal Justice, beginning within the National Probation Service, later joining the Prison Service. Emma has worked extensively in the design and delivery of rehabilitative services, interventions, and prison regimes. Working with men and women, young offenders, throughout a range of prisons of all security categories. Emma ultimately progressed into Senior Leadership in both public and private prisons. Emma holds an MSt of Criminology, Penology and Management from the University of Cambridge, where her thesis explored the prisoners experience of work in prisons.

Emma was delighted to join as Chair of Trustees in 2020, keen to take the opportunity to support Belongs objectives. Passionately believing in the vital healing roles of Restorative Justice, Psychotherapy, and Mentoring, Emma could see that Belong provides support and healing opportunities for victims, perpetrators and criminal justice staff that is highly inclusive and invaluable.


Caroline Havers

Caroline Havers

Caroline worked as a lawyer for over thirty years, most of which as a member of the leadership teams of businesses in legal and agricultural sectors. She has long board experience in commercial and third sector organisations and has experience of working in West and East Africa. Caroline has a good understanding of governance and compliance and is a trained Mediator.

Caroline joined as a Trustee in 2020, having seen the power of mediation both as a legal adviser to parties to mediation and as mediator, and also as a facilitator in a restorative justice and victim awareness programme in Brixton prison. Belong offers the opportunity for positive change and Caroline wanted to contribute to making a real change to the lives of offenders and victims of crime.


Dan Marsh

Dan Marsh

Daniel has practical experience within several key areas of the criminal justice system. He qualified as a Criminal Defence and Prison Law solicitor in 2015 before joining the Metropolitan Police as one of the first direct-entry Detective Constables. Here, he spent time within the Safeguarding Unit before transferring to a Team created specifically to tackle the rising levels of knife crime in the capital. Daniel is now able to use this experience to assist him in his current role – as a Crown Prosecutor with the CPS.

Since his work as a Prison Law solicitor, Daniel has been keen to work to improve the rehabilitative process within our prison system. He has seen several individuals trapped in the “revolving door” of criminal justice and believes that the work that Belong does offers a much-needed escape. Daniel joined the Board of Trustees in April 2020.


Fred Ingham

Fred Ingham

Fred Ingham is a Trustee and Co-Treasurer of Belong. He has over 20 years of international experience in the Financial Services sector as a fund manager and investment analyst. He has spent the last 16 years at Neuberger Berman and prior to this worked at Coronation International and PricewaterhouseCoopers. His role includes running portfolios, sitting on Investment Committees, interacting with Boards of Fund Directors and managing complex risks. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a qualified Chartered Accountant in England and Wales (ACA) and holds an MA from Oxford University.

Belong’s work appeals to me because it offers direct help within the Criminal Justice System to those who may have very few other opportunities for either solace or development in their lives and who may feel the door is closed to them. Belong’s work has demonstrably shown the clear benefits of an approach centred on empathy, psychological grounding and a belief in rehabilitation.


Geoff Paul

Geoff Paul

Geoff has always had an interest in both the charity sector and criminal justice. In 2006, Geoff was invited to become a Trustee Board Director for Victims Support (London) and advised the Board of a range of specialist areas including governance, strategy, human resource management, policy development and financial probity accountability and transparency of the charity. Geoff was also elected onto the Finance Committee and was involved in collaborations with public and private organisations, NGOs, Charities, Local Authorities, Metropolitan Police Force and other stakeholders and associations. In 2008, Geoff was appointed as the Chair of Due Diligence Committee during the merger of the charity.
In 2009, whilst working at St Mary’s University Twickenham, Geoff developed and launched a MA Charity Management programme which offered formal expertise and qualifications to over 200 small/medium-sized charities. The programme is still being run today.

Geoff was delighted to join the Board as Chair of Trustees in 2020 as the charity mirrored many of the charitable aims and objectives of Victim Support – a charity of which he was previously a Board Member – as a keen supporter of prisoner rehabilitation and restorative justice.


Jemima Roe

Jemima Roe

Jemima is a commercial disputes lawyer based in London. She is passionate about access to justice and regularly acts on pro bono human rights matters. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Jemima is admitted to practice in Australia and England and has previously worked in Singapore, Sydney and Paris.

Jemima joined the board of Belong in 2020 and is particularly interested in the organisation's work facilitating restorative justice. The services provided by Belong play a vital role in providing opportunities for communication and community building within the criminal justice system.


Jennifer Holroyd

Jennifer Holroyd

Jennifer is an experienced commercial lawyer and former Director/Partner at a major law firm and has secondment industry experience in the public sector. She has a decade of experience as a charity trustee in different sectors including at Islington CVS (as Treasurer), Burma Campaign, Korea Connect and Resonance FM.

Jennifer is an experienced commercial lawyer and former Director/Partner at a major law firm and has secondment industry experience in the public sector. She has a decade of experience as a charity trustee in different sectors including at Islington CVS (as Treasurer), Burma Campaign, Korea Connect and Resonance FM.


Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris

Matthew is the Director of an advocacy charity where he works with leadership teams and government bodies to address inequalities in health. His career in the health and social care sector has included operations management of regulated social care services and national policy roles.
He enjoys volunteering and has overseen management of volunteer programmes. He previously volunteered as a mentor with Surrey Care Trust and is currently Chair of Governors of his local Primary School.

Matthew is interested in getting the most from public services and joined the trustee board to support Belong’s growth and its development of services within the criminal justice system.


Ed Bowie

Ed Bowie

Ed's background is in public law, having worked at large firms in London and in his native New Zealand for clients who are challenging decisions via the courts or otherwise engaging with policy processes. Previously, he was also a political advisor to New Zealand’s Minister of Justice, regularly working on access to justice and wider justice issues. Ed holds degrees in Laws and Arts from the University of Otago, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics.

Ed joined Belong as a Trustee in early 2019, and since then has taken a particular interest in the charity’s policy and external engagement programme. He passionately believes that the criminal justice system is not fit for purpose, and that it does not achieve positive outcomes for anyone in society. He recognised the value and innovation in what Belong offers to victims, perpetrators and staff working in the system, and thinks that the political and policy framework needs to better support charities like Belong trialing new and effective services.


Annie Gallacher

Annie Gallacher MA, DipM, MBA

Annie works in Business Change and has worked for a number of large private sector organisations as well as in the public sector, including Criminal Justice organisations. Understanding the psychology behind changing behaviour in the workplace provides some insight into the work that Belong undertakes. She has been a board member on a number of organisational project and programme boards over the years and has excellent Business Management experience including Governance, Finance, HR, Marketing, Media and Communications.

Annie’s interest in Belong stems from the time that she worked at the National Probation Directorate delivering a project that provided residential and educational support for prisoners (convicted of drug related offences) on release, whilst they are trying to find their way back into the community. Passionate about her belief that using compassion and empathy alongside providing practical, timely, targeted support to individuals can present a step change in rehabilitation and greatly improve life chances. She originally applied to provide volunteer mentoring services before becoming a Trustee.


Rick Kent

Rick Kent

Rick is seasoned senior manager and leader across public, private and non-for-profit sectors in criminal justice and policing, governance, regulatory and legislative compliance. With some four decades in law enforcement covering operational policing, intelligence and investigations which included national threat lead on economic crime and international engagement and capacity building deployments across Asia, China, Hong Kong, and Afghanistan. Rick currently leads on anti-money laundering and economic crime policy at the Law Society, England and Wales supporting members on compliance obligations and represents the Law Society in cross government, law enforcement and regulatory sector engagement on various economic crime and anti-money laundering forums. Rick holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws with Honours degrees along with a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Anti-Money Laundering.

Rick joined as a trustee in 2017 bring a wealth of experience in governance and compliance as well as strategic planning and policy supporting Belong in delivering its objectives and championing a step change in restorative justice working with victims of crime.