Meet the trustees

Graham Robb, chair – membership trustee

Graham was first elected by members as a trustee in September 2011 and became chair in September 2012. As a headteacher, he was among the first to introduce restorative approaches in schools and was also a member of the Youth Justice Board from 2004-2012. In both roles, Graham worked with Sir Charles Pollard to champion restorative practice in multi-agency work with young offenders. He now works with education, criminal justice and governance partners around minimising harm to young people and families. This work is as joint director of Ro Ho Learning. Graham brings experience of leadership and strategic planning for restorative practice to the board.

Radhika Chadwick, council trustee

Radhika joined the board as a council trustee in early 2013. A business strategist by background, she helps complex organisations deliver transformational change. She is a partner in EY’s government & public sector strategy practice. Radhika has extensive experience in helping senior leaders and boards craft a compelling strategic agenda and generate stakeholder support for large-scale change. She is recognised in the industry for her skill with board-level strategy and governance. Her clients include the Ministry of Justice where she has helped the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) board rethink its strategic options in achieving its criminal justice aims. Radhika is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School where she holds a masters in strategy and leadership.

Judy Chowdhury, council trustee

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Liz Dixon, membership trustee

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Geoff Dobson OBE, council trustee

Geoff was appointed as a council trustee in 2011. He has recently retired as company secretary of the Prison Reform Trust and clerk to the All-Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group. Geoff was a founding director of the Criminal Justice Alliance and was co-founder and treasurer of the Hackney and City of London Victim Support Scheme. He has been a guest inspector of prisons and Butler Trust award panel member on several occasions. Geoff worked as a probation officer and manager for 31 years. He received his OBE for his services as the elected chair of the Association of Chief Officers of Probation, having been chief officer for Hertfordshire for 12 years. Geoff believes that restorative justice should be at the heart of the criminal justice system for the benefit of victims, offenders and society as a whole. He is also a board member of the Prison Reform Trust.

Wendy Freshman, membership trustee

Wendy joined the RJC’s board of trustees in 2009 and was re-elected by members in 2012. She is the director of The Mediation Service, a voluntary organisation in Kent, and brings to the board her experience both as a manager and as a practitioner. Wendy facilitates restorative justice in prisons and the community, including working with the most serious and sensitive cases, post-sentence in custodial settings. Wendy lectures at Christ Church University in Kent coupling practical experience with a breadth of academic knowledge and understanding. 

Maninder Gill, council trustee

Maninder is a partner at Simons Muirhead & Burton law firm, where he is the head of the intellectual property and the retail groups. His previous roles include board positions at Express Newspapers where he was group secretary and legal director, and at Harvey Nichols, where he was the corporate affairs and human resources director. He is recommended by the main legal directories as being a leader in his field. With his unusual mix of legal, human resources and business experience he is able to effectively advise organisations on legal and other obstacles to success.

Mike Ledwidge, membership trustee

Mike was a police trainer and trainer of trainers. His first degree is in Systems Analysis, Statistics and Decision Analysis and he is a qualified teacher outside of the police service. He has a Masters degree in Restorative Justice and became one of the first restorative justice trainers in the UK. He worked with Thames Valley Partnership and Nottinghamshire police to build the profile of restorative justice in the UK and was one of the trainers who set the RJC’s original national training standards. Mike writes papers on what has gone wrong with our public services.

Mick Levens, membership trustee

Mick was elected a membership trustee in 2012. She has spent over 30 years working in London schools and for the last 20 years, she has been the deputy headteacher of a large comprehensive in London. Mick is trained as both a restorative justice community conference facilitator and as a workplace conference facilitator. She has extensive experience as a practitioner, having facilitated numerous restorative conferences involving students, staff, families and the wider community. She is also an experienced strategist, and presenter and trainer in the restorative approaches in education field. 

Sophie Lilley, council trustee

Sophie joined the board as a council trustee in 2012. A partner and director of Lansons Communications, Sophie is a communications consultant focused on advice which provides genuine support to clients, whether that’s tackling complex regulatory and policy issues or creating high impact campaigns to change customer or employee behaviour. She has worked with a diverse range of clients from some of the world's leading consumer brands to both established and fledgling financial and professional services clients. Prior to joining the consultancy world in early 2000, Sophie studied law at UCL where her interest in restorative justice was established.

Garry Shewan, membership trustee

Garry was elected a membership trustee in 2010. He is the assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, with a portfolio spanning territorial policing, neighbourhoods, confidence and equality. Garry has extensive policing experience and is the national police lead for restorative justice, stalking and harassment, and student crime. Garry led the development of City Centre Safe, tackling alcohol-related crime in Manchester, served as a commander during the 2002 Commonwealth Games, was instrumental in designing the policing response to the 2011 riots and recently led the expansion of hate crime to include crimes against those belonging to alternative sub-cultures. Garry was recently awarded the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service.