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 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.
Trevor Watson is the Policy and Campaigns Director. 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 helps Why me? to promote the benefits of Restorative Justice to Police and Crime Commissioners, and other policy makers.
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.
His main policy focus is on the use of Restorative Justice for hate crime. He also maintains all of Why me?’s communication networks; including the website, social media and newsletter.
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 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.
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?.
Carmel is the 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.
Renan the Policy & Research intern at Why me?. He is currently studying for an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy at the London School of Economics, funded by the Chevening Scholarship from the British government.
A lawyer in Brazil, he worked with Judges of Appeal in the criminal section of State Court of Pernambuco prior to coming to the UK. He has also been a coordinator with the ‘Beyond Bars’ project, a human rights group that provides free legal advice for people in Brazilian prisons.