Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th November 2018, King Power Stadium, Leicester


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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