Professor Fergus McNeill
Fergus McNeill is Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow where he works in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and in Sociology. Prior to becoming an academic in 1998, Fergus worked for a decade in residential drug rehabilitation and as a criminal justice social worker. His many research projects and publications have examined institutions, cultures and practices of punishment and rehabilitation and their alternatives. Currently, Fergus is working on ‘Distant Voices: Coming Home’ which is a major, multi-partner 3-year Economic and Social Research Council/Arts and Humanities Research Council project exploring re-integration after punishment through creative practices and research methods. His most recent books include ‘Reimagining Rehabilitation: Beyond the Individual’ (with Lol Burke and Steve Collett) and ‘Pervasive Punishment: Making sense of mass supervision’.
Elizabeth Morony is a partner at Clifford Chance LLP and specialises in litigation, large-scale investigations and administrative/public law. She is a member of the litigation management group and leads the Clifford Chance women’s network. Clifford Chance has hosted events for the Howard League and provided trainee solicitors to help our legal work.
Sally Lewis OBE
Sally Lewis is former chief probation officer, Avon & Somerset Probation Trust.
Dr Ben Bradford
Ben Bradford is the Professor of Global City Policing at University College London, where he leads the Institute for Global City Policing, co-funded and managed in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. His research primarily concerns procedural justice theory, police legitimacy, and trust and confidence in the criminal justice system. He has published extensively in these areas, and also has interests in ‘public-facing’ police work such as stop and search and neighbourhood patrol, as well as organisational justice inside police agencies.
Adrian Briggs is an Official Prison Visitor and treasurer of his local Amnesty International group. He was London Family Future’s advisor on adoption and fostering and a social work programme tutor for the Open University. He served as a trustee for Adoption UK and was its Chair for a year. He was a primary and secondary teacher, and in his following long social work career, a frontline worker, team manager, quality assurance officer and a county adoption advisor.
Danielle Vidal was Howard League U R Boss Young Advisor. She has also advocated on our behalf and for children and young adults with experience of the criminal justice system. She’s passionate about making changes within the criminal justice system. She is a really strong believer that if someone is given the chance they can accomplish anything they strive to do.
Samantha Kennedy co-chairs the Howard League's Research, Policy and Campaigns Committee. She works at Age UK as a Senior Campaigns Officer. She has worked in campaigning, public affairs and supporter engagement roles at a number of national charities after starting her career in the Student movement holding elected roles in the National Union of Students and Labour Students. Samantha studied Law at the University of Kent followed by an LLM in Criminal Justice.
Gerry Marshall was Chief Executive of Thames Valley Probation from 2001 to 2012, during which time they were both finalists and winners of Howard League Community Justice Awards. He held the Probation Chiefs Association portfolio for Equality and Diversity and for Restorative Justice. He has served on the Equalities Boards at NOMS and Thames Valley Police, was a trustee of Thames Valley Partnership, was a member of the Grendon Advisory Panel and was vice-chair of Circles UK.
Professor Pamela Taylor
Pamela J Taylor is Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the Wales College of Medicine. She has previously held a range of clinical and managerial roles in health and related services, including Director of Medical Services for the Special Hospitals’ Service Authority (1990-1995), Member of the Executive Board of the Inner London Probation Service (1992-2002), and lead consultant psychiatrist for a high security hospital personality disorder unit for young men (1995-2004). She has published widely, mainly on the relationship between psychosis and violence and long term outcome for offender patients.