Meet the team

We are a small charity with national reach. Our Board of Trustees, Restorative Justice facilitators, volunteers and staff bring­­­­­ a wealth of experience from within the Criminal Justice, Voluntary and Social Enterprise sectors.

Lucy Jaffe, DirectorLucy Jaffé

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 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.

Ben Andrew

Ben is the Policy and Communications Officer. He has worked in Communications for a number of third sector organisations, and is also a Local Councillor in Sutton.

Having worked extensively on Why me?’s project on the use of Restorative Justice for hate crime, Ben is now leading on our project on improving restorative practice for young people. He also maintains all of Why me?’s communication networks; including the website, social media and newsletter.

Tehmina Kazi

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Tehmina Kazi is the Development Officer for Why me?. She is currently on maternity leave.

Tehmina is responsible for the development of Restorative Justice with communities affected by hate crime in Greater London. She was previously a policy and advocacy officer for CESCA, an alliance of 18 equality and human rights groups in Cork, Ireland, which involved policy work and casework on hate crime. Prior to that she was the director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, a registered charity set up to challenge both anti-Muslim sentiment and extremism.  She has also completed project work for English PEN, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the People’s Vote campaign (on the impact of Brexit upon BAME communities, specifically with regards to hate crime).

Linda Millington

Linda is the Restorative Justice Network Development Officer. She is responsible for the Empowering victims to speak out project and is setting up a Restorative Justice Ambassador network across London.

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 having facilitated for Victim Support, Sussex. Linda is currently a facilitator for the Kent and Medway Restorative Justice Service.

Silvi Naskinova

Silvi is our Team Administrator, helping us manage finances and projects, training and events, strengthening Restorative Justice and ensuring good governance.

Silvi has experience of working in the police and the charity sector so feels inspired by what Restorative Justice can offer. She is currently completing an MSc degree in Psychology and is very proud to be a part of Why me?.

Mark Smith

Mark is the Restorative Justice coordinator. He oversees the work of the volunteer facilitators, 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?

Morgan Henderson

Morgan is our Communications Intern. She supports us with all aspects of our comms, including social media and managing the website.

Having just graduated from the University of Leeds in 2020, Morgan is due to join the Unlocked prison officer graduate scheme’s 2021 cohort. She is excited to start her career in rehabilitation and Restorative Justice.


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