NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT, Tues 27th & Weds 28th November 2018


Charlie Taylor

Chair, Youth Justice Board

Charlie Taylor became Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales in March 2017.

Before taking up his current role he led the Government’s review of the youth justice system, Charlie Taylor was Chief Executive of the National College of Teaching and Leadership from its launch in 2013. He is a former head teacher of The Willows, a school for children with complex behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. He was the Coalition Government’s expert adviser on behaviour until 2012 and produced reviews for the Department for Education on alternative provision (for children excluded from mainstream schools) and attendance in schools.

Charlie was author of the Review of the Youth Justice System in England and Wales published in December 2016.

Twitter: @_YJB

Susannah Hancock

Chief Executive, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Susannah Hancock is Chief Executive for the Association of Policing and Crime Commissioners (APCC).

Susannah started her career as a Probation Officer in London, before moving on to managing multiagency Youth Offending Teams in a number of south London boroughs. She joined the Youth Justice Board, initially as its Head of London and then as National Head of Performance, working across England and Wales to deliver on a national programme to reduce youth reoffending and prevent young people offending.

She went on to work for the London Criminal Justice Board as its Director of Reducing Reoffending, leading a cross agency team to deliver a programme of criminal justice reform across London.

Susannah’s roles prior to joining the APCC included Assistant Chief Executive of the national charity Victim Support, and most recently, Chief Executive for the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in Essex.

Dr Laura Janes

Legal Director, Solicitor, Howard League for Penal Reform

Laura Janes is a solicitor and legal director at the Howard League for Penal Reform.  She is also a visiting law lecturer at London South Bank University. 

She specialises in working with children and young people and has a professional doctorate in youth justice.  Her work spans prison law, criminal appeals, public law, civil claims and mental health law.

She has a long-standing interest in access to justice.  She founded Young Legal Aid Lawyers in 2005.  She is a committee member of the Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group and Chair of the Legal Action Group.

Twitter: @LauraJanes_UK

Adrian Stretch

Head of Quality and Continuous Improvement, Youth Custody Services, HMPPS

After qualifying as a Social Worker, Adrian spent 10 years delivering and developing homelessness services in Liverpool. He move on to manage Leaving Care Services in Bury and Salford. During 12 years at the YJB his roles included Monitor for the Greater Manchester Area, National Development Manager, Head of the National Performance Improvement Team and Head of Business Management. He is currently Head of Quality and Continuous Improvement at the Youth Custody Service.

Lorraine Atkinson

Senior Policy Officer, Howard League for Penal Reform

Lorraine Atkinson is senior policy officer at the Howard League for Penal Reform. She has worked on numerous projects for the charity including Children's Rights Behind Bars 2, an international project to enhance the participation of children in detention and improve reintegration.

Lorraine joined the Howard League for Penal Reform in 1997 and previously worked on the Inquiry to prevent prison suicides, the Commission on Sex in Prison and the inquiry on girls in the penal system, conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on women in the penal system.

Tom McNeil

Strategic Adviser & Board Member, for the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner

Tom is the Strategic Adviser to and Board Member for the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner, advising on a broad range of areas including data ethics, public sector reform and devolution.

He graduated with an undergraduate and Masters degree from Durham University and Cambridge University respectively, and is currently a part time PhD researcher in Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology at the University of Birmingham.

After starting his career as a commercial lawyer, Tom later became a charity law specialist advising leading charities, social enterprises, trade unions and public bodies.

Other experiences include being a governor for an autism specialist school, serving as a Special Constable for the Metropolitan Police, volunteering for Barnardo's and standing as a parliamentary candidate in two general elections. He is also a trustee for the National Union of Students and a non-executive director for a human rights organisation.


Twitter: @mcneil_tom

Dr Tim Bateman

Reader in Youth Justice, University of Bedfordshire

Dr Tim Bateman is Reader in Youth Justice at the University of Bedfordshire. He has a background in youth justice policy and has extensive experience as a social worker with children in conflict with the law. Tim has written widely on youth justice, youth crime and young people in trouble. He has a particular interest in the experiences of children within the criminal justice system. Tim is co-editor of Safer Communities journal, News Editor for Youth Justice journal, Editorial Board member of Child and Families Law Quarterly and Deputy of Chair of the National Association for Youth Justice.

Andi Brierley

Child Looked After & Care Leaver Specialist, Leeds Youth Justice Service

I am a Care and Criminal Justice practitioner that has lived experience of both Care and Criminal Justice as a young person which offers me a unique perspective of service delivery. I qualified in Youth Justice in 2013 and became the Leeds CLA/CL Specialist in 2016.

I have case managed within various roles within the Youth Justice Service from first time entrants to prolific and serious young people that offend. I have been a Deputy Manager at Leeds Family Intervention Service and also produced and delivered various multi-agency projects such as Clear Approach, May Way and Screen Print.

I have recently been instrumental in developing practice and protocols that aim to prevent Children in care being criminalised in Leeds. Children in care often experience Complex Trauma and stress and services should do all they can to prevent traumatised children being criminalised unnecessarily or too early in their lives.

Sharon Jackson

Social Worker/Case Manager/CSE Lead, Derby City Youth Offending Service

Sharon Jackson is a specialist in the field of work of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) of 12 years, and currently the CSE Lead for the Youth Offending Service (YOS). Sharon has implemented CSE, Trauma, and Youth Justice training and practice experience into the service, alongside delivering training. Sharon is fuelled by compassion and dissatisfaction with the “labelling” of children and young people concerning victim blaming, and young offenders.

Sharon started her career in Derby, having achieved a BA (Hons) DIPSW in Applied Social Work at the University of Derby. Sharon is also an Advanced Trained Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), who works with children and young people and their parents/carers involved in Police investigations and Court proceedings, as victims of CSE, alongside YOS Case Management work. Sharon is a member of a collaborative multi-agency strategic CSE board, representing the YOS.

Sharon likes history, music, dance, and amateur dramatics, occasionally performing as a vocalist.

Professor Stephen Case

Social and Policy Studies Unit, Loughborough University

Professor Stephen Case is a criminologist and Head of the Social and Policy Studies Unit at Loughborough University. His research and scholarship has focused on the promotion of positive, ‘children first’, rights-based and anti-risk approaches to working with children in conflict with the law. In addition to over 50 academic journal articles, he has published numerous books including ‘Youth Justice: A Critical Introduction’ (Case 2018 – Routledge), ‘Positive Youth Justice: Children First, Offenders Second’ (Haines and Case 2015 – Policy Press) and ‘Understanding Youth Offending: Risk Factor Research, Policy and Practice’ (Case and Haines 2009 – Routledge). His most recent article ‘The Future of Youth Justice’ is available in Youth Justice Journal. Professor Case has conducted funded research for the Youth Justice Board, the Home Office, the Welsh Government, the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust, which sponsors the current communication project and focus of his workshop. He is also a Director of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice.

Andy Peaden

Head of Service, Leeds Youth Justice Service

Andy started his career working as a volunteer with Northumberland Probation Service in 1987. He became an Intermediate Treatment worker with Blyth Valley Juvenile Justice team in 1988 and qualified as a Probation Officer in 1991 and worked in a range of different locations for both Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire Probation services, including 3 years as manager of St John’s Voluntary Probation Hostel in Leeds.

Andy left Probation to go back to the world of Youth Justice in 2003 becoming the South Yorkshire ISSP consortium manager. He became Sheffield YOT manager in 2005 and Assistant Director for Youth Services in Sheffield 2010. In 2011 Andy was seconded into Sheffield Futures (an independent charity delivering Youth services and Connexions) as Chief Executive. He moved to Leeds to take up his present position as Head of Leeds Youth Justice Service in 2012. He is currently chair of AYM and a Director of the Skill Mill social enterprise.

Andy’s interests are family, sport, music and travelling; he is clinging onto his 5 a side career and probably spends far too much time watching football and cricket.

Twitter: @andypeaden

Abi Billinghurst

Founder and CEO, Abianda

Abi started out as a sole trader in 2011 with visions of working shoulder to shoulder with young women. She has managed Abianda’s growth, responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day, governance and development responsibilities of a small business.

She is a qualified youth worker, group work facilitator and trainer. For the past 17 years she has worked with, and managed services for, young people spanning both the violence against women and girls, youth and criminal justice sectors. In 2016 she won the New Radical award for Abianda. Recognised by Nesta and The Observer for providing innovative service for young women

Her aim is to bring about a culture change in the way services are delivered to adolescent young women. Abi is interested in hearing from the least powerful in our communities and supporting them to influence the decisions that affect their lives.

Andrew Baxter

Children in are outcomes team leader, Department for Education

Biography - Andrew leads the Outcomes Team in the Children in Care and Permanence Division at the Department for Education. His responsibilities include the education, mental health and wellbeing and preventing criminalisation of looked after children. He has a long history of policy work to improve outcomes for vulnerable children including the SEN and Disability reforms (leading on elements of the Children and Families Act 2014) and work on children’s rights and Government implementation of the UNCRC. Andrew joined the Outcomes Team in early 2017, following a two-year secondment leading the children and young people’s programme at In Control – a disability rights charity that pioneered the concept of self-directed support and campaigns for an inclusive society.

Professor Barry Goldson

Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpool

Professor Barry Goldson holds the Charles Booth Chair of Social Science at the University of Liverpool. He is the Chairperson of the British Society of Criminology Youth Criminology/Youth Justice Network and the Co-Chairperson of the European Society of Criminology Thematic Working Group on Juvenile Justice. With colleagues from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, he has been co-leading the Comparative Youth Penality Project (CYPP) a major programme of youth justice research extending across four states in Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia) and England and Wales. A key message from the CYPP project points to the significance of local penal cultures in shaping best policy and practice in the youth justice sphere.

Gwyneth Boswell

Professor Gwyneth Boswell, Director Boswell Research Fellows & Visiting Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia

For the last 25 years, Gwyneth has researched and published widely on the subject of violent young offenders, and on the children and families of prisoners, both in the UK and South Africa. She is particularly concerned with trauma and its effects on children and young people. Most recently, she has conducted a 12-year longitudinal evaluation of a therapeutic community for teenage males who have both been abused and become abusers themselves. She is currently consultant to Cambridge University’s evaluation of this community’s Circles of Support and Accountability project. Her books include Contemporary Probation Practice, with Davies & Wright (1993); Young and Dangerous (1996); Violent Children and Adolescents: Asking the Question Why (2000); Imprisoned Fathers and their Children, with Wedge (2002); and Sickle Cell and Deaths in Custody, with Dyson (2009). She currently serves as a member of the Circles East Steering Group.

Professor Lesley McAra

Chair of Penology, University of Edinburgh

Professor Lesley McAra began her career as a researcher in the Scottish Office where she led a major programme of research evaluating social work criminal justice services. She is currently Professor of Penology at the University of Edinburgh and an Associate Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Lesley is also the Co-Director (with Professor Susan McVie) of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, a major longitudinal programme of research on pathways into and out of offending for a cohort of around 4,300 young people. The findings from the Edinburgh study provide a compelling evidence base for diversion.

Nick Corrigan

Director, Media Academy Cardiff

Nick has been the Director of Media Academy Cardiff (MAC) since 2010 which he founded after working for numerous UK-wide national voluntary organisations for the previous 15 years. MAC is a restorative organisation working with approximately 1,500 children and young people from across Wales in the fields of criminal justice, education and the arts. With a diverse staff team of around 40, the organisation has been at the forefront of CYP diversion running schemes since 2010 when it launched the first Welsh Triage scheme in partnership with YJB Cymru. Nick has spoken nationally and internationally on the topics of criminal justice and NEET young people. He is a regular contributor for national TV and radio on young people in the criminal justice system.

Twitter: @MACardiff



Imran Mahomed

Midlands Youth Violence Intervention Programme Manager, Redthread

Imran took up post as Midlands Youth Violence Intervention Programme Manager in April 2018.  Previously he has worked as a Clinical Supervisor for the Multi-Systemic Therapy team, as a substance misuse practitioner and manager in the third sector, and as a Youth Justice practitioner at Leicester City Council.  He has held regional roles with the Youth Justice Board and Government Office focussing on Prevent in the context of Youth Justice and Communities.  His background has granted extensive experience in a range of settings working with children, young people, adults, families and communities.  Having spent over a decade working with young people at the edge of care or custody he has a keen interest in systemic and contextual approaches to supporting young people affected by trauma, and firmly believes that a trauma-informed health approach is needed to bring about sustainable and positive outcomes for young people.

Andy Hood

Senior Head of Service for Young People’s Services, Doncaster Youth Offending

Andy has worked in the Social Care and Youth Justice Sectors for over 20 years as practitioner, manager and leader. His early career was spent as a youth justice officer working with high risk offenders as part of the South Yorkshire ISSP consortium. Since then he has managed a range of services, but has always been committed to improving outcomes for children and young people in trouble. In recent years as Senior of Head of Young People’s Services for Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, he has created the Team EPIC approach for reducing First Time Entrants into the criminal justice system, is the Strategic Lead for the Doncaster “Pause” project,  is a board member of the innovative  youth delivery organisation EXPECT Youth and his semi-independent living services designed to support care leavers transition to independence recently won the best partnership award at the Northern Housing Awards . In his spare time you’ll find finding Andy teaching care leavers to cook as part of his “Cooking with Andy” preparation for independence programme.

Twitter: @ajhood24

Quentin Goodman

Court Team Manager, Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service

Quentin Goodman is manager of the Court Team in Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service (NYOS).  He has worked in the criminal Justice system for 30 years: in the voluntary sector; the Probation Service, and for the last 10 years, with NYOS.  He is Dip.SW qualified (criminal justice route) and has an MSc in Criminal Justice and Criminology.  Since the publication of the 2014 Carlile Inquiry into the effectiveness of Youth Courts, Quentin has presented on problem solving approaches, including YRO reviews, in a number of forums including the NAYJ conference, and at a Westminster Briefing.  He has contributed to the initiatives by the BSB and the SRA to improve the quality of advocacy in Court for youths.  He is a frequent speaker at CPD events for District Judges.  Quentin represents the Association of YOT managers on the Youth Service Design working group for the HMCTS Reform programme.

Giles McCathie

Lead Psychologist for Youth Custody Services, HMPPS

Giles McCathie joined the Prison Service in 1998 as a Psychological Assistant at HMP/YOI Usk/Prescoed. In 2003 he qualified as a Forensic Psychologist after completing his MSc at the University of Birmingham. He was appointed as the Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology (British Psychological Society) from 2011-2013. Giles was awarded his PhD from the University of Leicester in 2015, exploring the effectiveness of JETS a Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Children and Young People in Custody. In May 2018 Giles became lead Psychologist for Youth Custody Services following 11 years as Lead Psychologist for the East of England.

Dominic Goble

Northamptonshire Bench Chair

Dominic Goble is Bench Chairman for Northamptonshire and has been a magistrate for twenty four years. He sits as a presiding magistrate in both the adult and youth courts. Outside the courtroom, he has contributed to the HMCTS Reform programme through the Youth Service Design working group; he sits on the Midlands Region Judicial Business Group and he sat on the problem solving courts youth sub group during the review conducted by Mr Charlie Taylor. In his writing and talks he has promoted the benefits of developing a broad problem solving culture across the justice system. Dominic is a Chartered professional in training and assessment with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and a former senior fire officer.

James Wise-Ford

Head of Behaviour Management, HMYOI Feltham, HMPPS

James Wise-Ford started his career in HMPPS 11 years ago starting as an Officer at HMYOI Huntercombe.  James is currently the Head of Behaviour Management at HMYOI Feltham, accountable for The Enhanced Support Unit, the implementation of a new reintegration unit as well as supporting the local implementation of Secure Stairs the reform project. James has worked in numerous establishments covering a broad range of roles at HMYOI Huntercombe, HMP Huntercombe, HMPYOI Downview and HMYOI Feltham, which has also included a period with the National MMPR Team. Prior to working for HMPPS James’s previous career was in The British Armed Forces.

Dr Henry Kippin

Director of Public Service Reform, West Midlands Combined Authority

Dr Henry Kippin is director of public service reform at the West Midlands Combined Authority, responsible for its work on public services, wellbeing and inclusive growth.  He has a background in public policy, strategy and social change, most recently as chief executive of the social enterprise Collaborate CIC which he led from start-up to recognised experts in delivering public service and cross-sector collaboration.  Henry is currently a visiting fellow of the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, and at Newcastle University Business School. 

Twitter: @h_kippin

Alisa Purton

Forensic Psychologist, AFBPsS, CSci, YCS Cluster Lead Psychologist

Alisa is a Forensic Psychologist, registered to practice with the HCPC and an Associate Fellow and Chartered Scientist with the British Psychological Society. Alisa has worked in the Prison Service since 2001 and more specifically with young people in custody since 2008. Since 2013, Alisa has been involved in the design, development and implementation of an evidence-based and needs-led Behaviour Management Strategy for those in the public sector youth secure estate. This strategy includes the Custody Support Plan, the Conflict Resolution Model, YCS Interventions Model, a Staff Supervision Strategy and more recently the Enhanced Support Services and Units.