Shaun worked for 30 years in Thames Valley Police, the last four as Chief Superintendent. He is an MSc graduate in English Local History at University of Oxford and is currently studying for a DPhil. Shaun is secretary of the Oxfordshire Record Society and was one of the contributors to “An Historical Atlas of Oxfordshire”.
A graduate from Oxford University in Modern Languages, Shahin has co-founded a school in Oxford, been an interpreter for the Immigration Appellate, a legal advisor to a travel company, and is currently a teacher of Ancient History, Latin, Russian and French. She is also a magistrate on the North Oxfordshire bench and the Oxfordshire Youth Panel.
Liz is a solicitor at Blake Lapthorn in Oxford, specialising in charity law. Liz previously trained and worked as a corporate associate at Allen & Overy LLP. Liz has a Masters Degree in Law from Oxford University and considerable experience advising charities and organisations in the not-for-profit sector on a wide range of legal issues. In her spare time, Liz is a keen photographer with a particular interest in wildlife photography.
Mike Howard (Reverend Canon) is a retired probation officer and Anglican priest. He has a Cambridge MA honours degree, trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and much later completed the Home Office CQSW course before appointment as a probation officer by the Oxfordshire Probation Service (now Thames Valley). His probation career spanned thirty years. He was one of the small group enthused by Phil Skillen (founder and first director of SMART) who worked to launch the charity. He is now an assistant minister at his local parish church.
Patsy’s has spent more than twenty years in the Probation Service as a Probation Officer specialising in work with young offenders and as a development manager focussing on multi agency partnership initiatives. Patsy joined the Thames Valley Partnership in 1998 and was appointed to the position of Director in July 2010. As well as leading the team, her other key role within the Partnership is to direct all our Early Interventions initiatives. A key strand of work within this is the Family Matters programme which supports the complex needs of vulnerable families with a family member in prison. In her wider remit Patsy sits on a number of community safety related boards and steering groups across the region.
Bryn is a building services consulting engineer who has worked in the construction industry for 42 years. He has lived in Oxfordshire for 36 years and worked with the founder members of SMART, back in 1996, during the early stages of the Arrest Referral Scheme to get it up and running.