Chair, Richard Monkhouse
Richard is a Statistician and former Chair of the Magistrates’ Association. Richard is currently a trained Restorative Justice facilitator and Witness Support Volunteer for Manchester Crown Court. He has previously worked with the Restorative Justice Council to increase magistrates’ knowledge about the Restorative Justice process. Professionally, Richard has helped industry to improve quality and resource utilisation by using statistical methods such as Statistical Process Control. Richard joined Why me? in April 2016 and was nominated Chair in December 2016.
Janet has extensive experience in third sector management and governance. Previously with National Council for Voluntary Organisations and a founder and supporter of Skills Third Sector, she joined the Board in November 2011. She is a member of the fundraising sub-committee.
Catherine is currently the Director of the World Prison Research Programme at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research. She began her career as a solicitor in international litigation and later moved into the field of criminal justice policy. Since 2009, she has worked on law reform projects relating to extradition, procedural defence rights, hate crime and alternatives to imprisonment. Catherine became a trustee of Why me? in April 2016.
Matthew initially trained as a probation officer, then moved to work as a Senior Practitioner in the Youth Offending Service. He currently manages the Restorative Justice Team in Cambridgeshire Youth Offending Service, and has experience as a trainer and practitioner in Restorative Justice work in the Criminal Justice System and the workplace.
Will is the Research and Strategy Development Manager at the Henry Smith charity. He joined the Why Me? board in June 2017. He started his career in the criminal justice sector and has worked in a prison as well as with police tackling online hate crime; he has authored several research papers on this. Since 2013, Will has worked for The Henry Smith Charity, a large grant making trust where he is responsible for research and strategy development. He brings an understanding of the charity sector and experience working on both sides of the funder/grantee relationship.
Cathy James OBE
Cathy is a qualified solicitor and the former Chief Executive of the Whistleblowing charity Protect, where she still works as a legal consultant. Through this work Cathy has advised thousands of whistleblowers, as well as organisations, governments and regulators on whistleblowing systems in the UK and internationally. She has expertise in governance and risk management across all sectors. Cathy set up the independent Whistleblowing Commission, which made recommendations for improving the legal framework for whistleblowing in the UK, including a Code of Practice for employers. Before working at Protect, she was a litigation partner in a large London law firm. Cathy was awarded an OBE for services to employment rights in June 2015.
Dani began her career in the media producing live political shows and investigative documentaries, following which she became a Senior Broadcast Journalist for BBC Current Affairs. Dani spent five years as a UK Magistrate specialising in youth justice and went on to train as a restorative justice practitioner before commencing her role as Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the Restorative Justice Council (RJC). While at the RJC, she led the strategic and operational side of the charity’s stakeholder engagement work. Following her move to Budapest in 2016, she now consults on corporate communications for a medical imaging company and executive recruitment agency. She became a Trustee of Why me? in January 2020.
Dr Belinda Hopkins
Belinda has been pioneering restorative approaches in youth settings across the UK and beyond, for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s she founded Transforming Conflict, the first organisation in the UK to offer training and consultancy in restorative approaches. She later sat on the working group at the Home Office which developed national guidelines for restorative practice.
Belinda gained her doctorate in 2006 with research into the implementation of a whole school restorative approach. She is passionate about sharing how the ethos, principles and practices of Restorative Approaches can transform communities and institutions.
Belinda has also been on the European Forum for Restorative Justice Values and Principles Working Party, and is currently on their Training Committee – developing standardized training packages for use by all European countries.