Meet the team
We are a small charity with national reach. Our Board, facilitators and employees bring a wealth of experience both within the Criminal Justice, Voluntary and Social Enterprise sector.
Lucy is the Director of Why me? She ensures that Why me? establishes strategical links with criminal justice agencies and stakeholders and works to develop fruitful 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.
Trevor Watson has joined the Why me? team as the Victim Centred Policy and Campaigns Officer. Trevor is a retired senior police officer from Durham with previous restorative experience having worked with Restorative Solutions and the Restorative Justice Council, ‘His knowledge of national restorative work is an asset to our organisation and will further promote the benefits of restorative practice to the Police and Crime Commissioners’ said Lucy Jaffe, Director of Why me?
Ben is our Policy and Communications Officer. Ben has worked in Communications for a number of third sector organisations, and is also a Local Councillor in Sutton.
He is focusing primarily on our Access to Justice Project, working with specialist organisations to produce policy which improves access to Restorative Justice for victims of hate crime. He also maintains all of our communication networks; including our website, social media and newsletter.
Tehmina Kazi has joined the Why Me? Team as the Development Officer. She is responsible for the development of restorative justice with communities and individuals affected by hate crime in Greater London. From 2016 to 2018, she was 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. From 2009 to 2016, 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 in regards to hate crime).
Will is a London-based businessman who founded Why me? in 2009 following his own personal experience of Restorative Justice. Some years ago Will was the victim of an attempted burglary at his home; he confronted the intruder, a fight ensued, and Will handed the man over to the police. The burglar was Peter Woolf, a known career criminal, who has convicted and sent to prison for the crime. They met again in a Restorative Justice meeting, to which both men agreed. It took place in Pentonville Prison, and that event changed both their lives. Peter and Will subsequently made a film of their encounter called The Woolf Within. Will is no longer active in the organisation, but remains supportive.
Peter was a career criminal, whose life changed for good when he met one of his victims in a Restorative Justice conference. By his own reckoning, he had committed over 20,000 crimes before meeting Will in prison. After that meeting, he never offended again. Peter is now a dedicated ambassador for Why me? and a campaigner for Restorative Justice.
Peter does not have a formal role at Why me?, but still works with us regularly to fly the flag for Restorative Justice.