Meet The Trustees

Esther Wanje LLB(Law) Diploma (Counselling Skills and Integrative Psychotherapy)

Esther has worked for 15 years with adults and young people who have offended, suffer from learning disabilities, have mental health problems, deal with substance misuse problems or are experiencing homelessness. She gained an understanding of wider issues in criminal justice globally by working in a number of African prisons. Esther has also provided extensive support to victims of crime.

Esther has over 7 years of management experience in the voluntary sector.

Esther set-up Belong in March 2010 to focus on reducing crime and the harm it causes in London. Within 8 months Esther secured a local authority contract to operate BL’s first mentoring project. Under her leadership the organisation’s annual income has increased by 500% since this first contract.

TRUSTEE: Annelie Drabu MA (General Management), CPFA

Annelie has worked in the private, public and charity sectors and across a variety of Local Government services. Annelie is currently a Lead Business Partner at Westminster City Council where she is responsible for strategic financial leadership of the Tri-Borough collaboration. She supports and challenges budget holders to make the best decisions, ensuring value for money, seeking new opportunities as well as continuous improvement in financial management.

She has identified innovative capital funding strategies to minimise the use of public money and has a track record of identifying and supporting the delivery of efficiency savings, finding solutions to complex issues and building effective working relationships.

TRUSTEE: Allison Ross MA and PhD (Philosophy)

Allison moved into education after completing her studies and it was whilst teaching at Keele University that she got involved in ‘the ethical issues involved in dealing with or working with young people in the criminal justice system’.

Although she enjoyed the theoretical side Allison wanted to do something more practical to make an impact on peoples’ lives. She initially worked as a volunteer but is now working for Merton and Sutton Mediation (MSM) as their case-worker. She is managing a case-load of 80-100 cases per year and a team of 25 active volunteer mediators providing a range services including training, community conversations and conflict coaching.

TRUSTEE: Anne Gallacher MA, DipM, MBA, PRINCE2

Anne is a Business Change, Communications, Stakeholder Management and Marketing professional with 25 years’ proven success; private and public sector. She is adept at setting up partnerships, working with cross-functional and agency teams and identifying champions to cascade messages that facilitate the change process.

Anne has written Ministerial speeches, by-lined articles for key influencers and summarised complicated polices, which raised the profile of her projects and facilitated buy-in from stakeholders. She has commissioned and managed research projects to understand stakeholders, and evaluate the success of projects and campaigns. Anne has always had a passion for fairness and supporting those in need. She has volunteered with a number of charities; overseas aid, fundraising through sponsorship, sharing her business skills, helping the aged and mentoring young people.

TRUSTEE: Detective Constable Sunny Jags

Sunny is currently part of the Metropolitan Police major investigations team, which is responsible for investigating the most serious crimes. Previously he worked in an Integrated Offender Management Unit and was a lead on a Drugs Intervention Programme.

Sunny has also been a lead on Short Sentence Offenders programmes and worked on the Youth Offending team. All of these programmes were managed as multi-agency partnerships and he has experience working in particular with social agencies such as Probation, DWP, Social Housing and a range of charities.

Voluntary work has taken Sunny to India and Tibet.

TRUSTEE: Susan Adair MA (Economics and Business Law), CPFA

Susan has held a number of financial and risk management roles in the public sector and is currently a department Finance Manager at the Home Office.

She participates in volunteer programmes at work, prepares accounts for another charity and also carries out fundraising.

TRUSTEE: Jane Hudson Jones RMN, CIPD

Jane’s core competencies include strategy and general management, leadership, facilitation and relationships, HR, change management and service development.

Jane has 11 years’ leadership experience within the public and voluntary sectors and 7 years’ experience as a charity CEO. She has experience in voluntary organisation start-up and developing and implementing governance systems. Her expertise includes using structured groups and planning tools to develop strategic plans and developing bespoke evaluation systems. She currently provides management consultancy to small charitable organisations.

Jane has worked extensively with disadvantaged groups and is interested in the issues of equality and prison reform.