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 Jaffe, DirectorLucy Jaffé

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.

Trevors WatsonTrevor Watson

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 Andrew

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

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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).

Genevieve Ryan

Genevieve is our current development officer (maternity cover),  She is responsible for the development of Restorative Justice working with communities and individuals affected by hate crime in Greater London, focusing on our pan-London LGBTQ and Lambeth and Southwark hate crime projects. Genevieve recently finished her Master’s in Criminal Justice Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has experience volunteering in various front-line roles.

Linda Millington

Linda is responsible for the Empowering victims to speak out project and is setting up a network 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 also currently a facilitator for the Kent and Medway Restorative Justice Service.

Georgina Kirk

Georgina is currently interning with Why me?, in the position Restorative Justice Administrator. She has just this year graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Criminology and Sociology.

She is new to the world of Restorative Justice and is excited to explore all opportunities for learning and development at Why me?, as well as further her understanding of the work being done for victims in connecting them with Restorative Justice.

Mark Smith

Having retired from the police service as a career detective Mark went and 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 by the opportunity of working at Why-me? as the case coordinator, and hopes to make a real difference going forward to all who come into contact with Why-me?.

Carmel Kavanagh

Carmel has joined the Why me? team as Restorative  Justice Administrator, responsible for governance, HR, organising events and maintenance of all other administrative systems.

She has considerable experience in the charity sector primarily in finance  and project management. In 2018 she completed a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a view to changing career.

Carmel is also a serving Magistrate.

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