Meet the team
We are a small charity with national reach. Our growing team of staff are dedicated to improving access to Restorative Justice for people affected by crime.
Lucy is the Director of Why me?. She ensures that Why me? establishes links with criminal justice agencies and works to develop positive partnerships. As a result, the organisation is well informed and well placed to speak on behalf of victims of all crime types. If you want to know more, or have something to say, she would be delighted to hear from you.
Linda is our Deputy Director and has worked for Why me? since April 2019. Her responsibilities include managing the Restorative Justice Service and Why me?’s events and services.
She has worked in a number of roles within the restorative practice field, starting with the development of national occupational standards and the Level 4 Diploma in Restorative Practice whilst at Skills for Justice. Linda was responsible for the management of the Restorative Justice Council’s accreditation schemes and was an assessor for the Restorative Service Quality Mark. She is a trained restorative practitioner and has previously worked for Victim Support in Sussex and the Kent and Medway Restorative Justice Service.
Leah Robinson is a Development Officer. She is currently working on two of Why me?’s projects: one developing the use of Restorative Justice for LGBTQ+ hate crime in London, and the other improving Restorative Justice for young people with a focus on young people from Black, Asian and minority (BAM) backgrounds.
Leah’s academic background is in Criminology and Youth Work, and she has joined Why me? from a Youth Offending Team where she used restorative practices to work with both young people who have committed offences, and those harmed by their actions. Leah is a trained Restorative Justice practitioner and feels strongly about the benefits the process can have for everyone involved.
Silvi is our Team Administrator, helping us manage finances and projects, training and events, working with the team to strengthen Restorative Justice and practice, as well as ensuring good governance. Silvi has experience of working in the police and the charity sector so feels close to, and inspired by, what Restorative Justice can offer.
Mark is the Restorative Justice coordinator. He oversees the work of the volunteer facilitators, the team of Restorative Justice ambassadors and manages the cases which come into Why me?’s Restorative Justice service.
Having retired from the police service as a career detective, Mark worked for Essex Probation Service and then volunteered as a facilitator for the Restorative Justice service in Essex. These experiences led him to be passionate about the opportunities that Restorative Justice can bring for victims and offenders.
Mark is excited about making a real difference to the lives of everyone who comes into contact with Why me?.
Sula Blankenberg is our new Restorative Justice Development Officer. Previously, she was our Data Insight and Digital Marketing officer. She is currently leading on Project Articulate, a project that focuses on increasing access to Restorative Justice for people with English as an Additional Language (EAL). In this role she hopes to engage with diverse communities to really understand their needs, ensuring that their cultures and languages are not a barrier to accessing Restorative Justice, a tool that should be accessible to all.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology, in 2020 Sula graduated from the University of Sussex with a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. It was through her studies that Sula built on her understanding of Restorative Justice as a crucial service, supporting victims, offenders and the wider community – especially those with protected characteristics.
Keeva Baxter is our Communications Officer. She will be using our social media platforms, newsletter and website to promote Why me?’s work and the wider use of Restorative Justice.
She graduated from Sussex University with a degree in law and went on to study a Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Masters degree the following year. Through her studies she learnt about how beneficial Restorative Justice can be for people affected by crime and the importance of empathy and storytelling.
Duncan is our Fundraising Manager. He will be generating funding and establishing a fundraising strategy in order to maximise our ability to help those affected by crime to achieve justice.
Duncan has previously worked in similar fundraising roles within the criminal justice sector and is looking forward to contributing to Why me?’s pioneering Restorative Justice work.
Frank Grimsey Jones
Frank is our Researcher. As a qualified health economist, Frank is passionate about using his expertise to improve the effectiveness of public services and has a wealth of previous experience in this field.
His role at Why me? will involve working closely on different projects to analyse evidence on the impact of Restorative Justice.
For Frank, Restorative Justice stands out as an innovative approach that has the potential to improve the lives and opportunities available to all those affected by and involved in crime.
Lucy is our Fundraising and Public Relations Officer. She will be supporting the development of Why me?’s fundraising by generating funds from new or underdeveloped areas and promoting our work.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology with Criminology at the University of York, Lucy graduated from University College London with a Masters in Crime and Forensic Science. Through her academic and volunteering experiences in the charity sector, she developed a passion for making a positive impact on the Criminal Justice System, and is excited to continue this in her role at Why me?.
Meka Beresford is our Campaigns and Communications Manager. She oversees public affairs, policy and research for Why me?.
Meka worked in journalism for a number of years covering rights-based issues before making the switch to the third sector, where she worked across human rights organisations in a communications capacity. Most recently, she worked in the sexual violence field, researching and sharing survivor experiences. This work inspired her to join Why me? after seeing a real need for alternative forms of justice that help everyone involved in a crime.
If you are interested in joining the Why me? team, check for vacancies on the Get Involved page.