Andrea Bennett worked as a Probation Service Officer in Inner London Probation Service in 1985 before completing a MA in Social Work Studies and Certificate of Qualification in Social Work at Hull University. She has subsequently worked for Greater Manchester Probation Service, Lancashire Probation Trust and London Probation Trust becoming an Assistant Chief Officer in 2004. During her time as a senior manager within Probation, Andrea has managed all aspects of operational delivery as well as leading on business development and stakeholder engagement. In 2012 Andrea was seconded to the Ministry of Justice to work in the central contract management team and in March 2020 took up her current role within His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service as the Regional Probation Director for the North West.
Lol Burke is Professor in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University and specialises in the areas of probation research, policy and practice. He has a particular interest in the impact of marketization upon service delivery and way that occupational culture acts out in probation settings as well resettlement provision for released prisoners. As a former probation practitioner, he has experience working in both community and custodial settings. He has published over 30 articles on probation related issues and rehabilitation in general and is co-author of Redemption, Rehabilitation and Risk Management (Routledge 2012), Delivering Rehabilitation: The politics, governance and control of probation (Routledge 2015) and Reimagining Rehabilitation: Beyond the Individual (Routledge 2019).
Emma Cluley is a probation officer of over twenty years standing and currently specialises in responding to personality disorder. She has worked for London and Derbyshire Probation and is currently employed by the Probation Service (Greater Manchester Region). She also works for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust as clinical lead for a democratic therapeutic community. Emma was the Managing Editor for the Probation Journal from 2004-2021. She is a co-editor and chapter contributor to Reimagining Probation Practice: Reforming Rehabilitation in an age of Penal Excess, Abingdon: Routledge (2022)
Steve Collett has been a Trustee since 2014 and is currently the Board Chair. He worked for three North West probation areas over four decades, retiring from Cheshire Probation in December 2010 after ten years as its chief officer. He is an adjunct professor and honorary fellow at Liverpool John Moores University and holds a honorary readership at the University of Manchester and an honoray fellowship at the University of Liverpool. Steve is a member of the Probation Journal Editorial Board and has published widely on probation and criminal justice matters. His most recent publication as a co editor and chapter contributor is Reimagining Probation Practice: Reforming Rehabilitation in an age of Penal Excess, Abingdon: Routledge (2022)
John Eckersley is a graduate of Accounting and Finance and a former director of investment house Henry Cooke Group plc and of merchant and private bank, Brown Shipley & Co Ltd. He has over 30 years’ investment experience. In 2002 he founded Castlefield Investment Partners LLP with close colleagues with the aim of continuing to specialise in investment for charities. Today Castlefield is a champion of employee share ownership and manages money for all types of investors who often wish to express socially responsible or ethical principles in the way their money is managed. In his spare time, he is a trustee of The Charity Service Limited and of The Halle Endowment Trust.
Chris Edwards qualified as a probation officer in Cheshire in 1992, gaining experience in prison and community settings and developing an interest in delivering group work and the early development of Domestic Abuse interventions. Whilst in Cheshire he became an assistant chief officer with responsibility for, amongst other things, Partnerships and Approved Premises. A secondment to the then National Offender Management Service followed working across the North West to support the Probation Trust agenda. After this secondment, he took up a post as an assistant chief officer in Greater Manchester Probation Trust. At the time of Transforming Rehabilitation, he moved into Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) and progressed to the role of Chief Executive of Merseyside and Cheshire & Greater Manchester CRCs in June 2016. From April 2020 he has taken up a role within Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service as the Regional Probation Director for Greater Manchester.
Roz Hamilton started her career in the Probation Service in 1976 as a volunteer in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Throughout her 41 years service Roz has remained committed to the rehabilitation of people who commit crime and to the protection of the public. Her current role is the Head of Courts for the National Probation Service. This includes working to improve sentencer confidence in the work of the NPS by ensuring the delivery of a quality and informed service to the Courts. Roz has been a trustee of the Rhodes Foundation for 11 years. She is interested in research and development and in particular the application to practice within the NPS.
Katherine Self became a Probation Officer in 2001. She is an experienced Senior Probation Officer seconded from the Greater Manchester Community IntegrationTeam into the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. She has a commitment to Public Protection and is interested in research and how this can be applied to the delivery of services to people on probation and the community in which she serves. Katherine was a 2018 Rhodes Scholar completing her scholarship on the Management of Young Offenders in Sweden. Shewas appointedthe Trust's Honorary Secretaryin September 2021.
Dame Sandra Burslem has been a trustee of the Rhodes Foundation since 2007. She graduated as a mature student from Manchester University, taking a first in Politics and Modern History. Her career was almost entirely in what was Manchester Polytechnic and then became Manchester Metropolitan University. Starting as a Lecturer in British Politics, she held a number of senior academic positions culminating in becoming the University's Vice-Chancellor from 1997 - 2005. Sandra was a Magistrate on the Manchester Bench from 1971 until her retirement, serving on the Adult, Youth and Family Courts. From 2005 – 2011 she was appointed a Civil Service Commissioner, where her lead responsibilities were with the Ministry of Justice and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Departments. Appointed as Chair of the Education Honours Committee In 2005 she was a member of the Main Honours Committee until 2011. She continues to serve on a number of public sector bodies. Sandra stepped down as a trustee in 2020 but continues as a Life President.
Cedric Fullwood CBE became a probation officer in Manchester in 1963. After five years working in the Scottish Office he returned to Greater Manchester in 1982 as Chief Probation Officer. It was during this latter period that, in 1989, he established the Rhodes Foundation Trust. He was a founding Member of the Criminal Justice Consultative Council and the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales and was also Chair of the Cheshire Probation Board for 6 years.
Cedric stepped down as a trustee after 30 years and at the invitation of the Board accepted a Life Presidency in recognition of his unique contribution to the work of the Trust including his commitment to setting up the Trust in recognition of the contribution of Lord Rhodes to public life and the work of probation in the North West of England.