Phil Bowen | Director
As Director, Phil Bowen sets and leads the work and overall strategy of the organisation. Prior to being Director, Phil spent the majority of his career in the British civil service. He worked for the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, before working at HM Treasury and Cabinet Office as a delivery adviser to the Prime Minister on criminal justice reform. During his time in the civil service, he spent 14 months on secondment to the Center for Court Innovation in New York, working at Bronx Community Solutions.
Carmen D’Cruz | Research Officer
Carmen D’Cruz leads the Centre’s work on youth diversion and increasing trust of BAME defendants in legal advice, and is part of the youth courts project team. Carmen has previously worked as Research Advisor at the University of Edinburgh and Research Assistant at Reading University’s School of Law. She studied Law at University College London and has a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford.
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Claire Ely | Innovative Practice Officer
Claire Ely’s role is supporting the Head of Innovative Practice with the implementation of the Young Adults in Court project. Claire has extensive frontline experience of the criminal justice system from her time as a probation officer, most recently as Serious Group Offending (Gangs) lead in Southwark. Claire previously worked on prisoner re-entry and housing in the voluntary sector and has a BA in Criminology from Southampton Solent University.
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Dawn Joseph | Office Manager
Dawn Joseph is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day financial administration and operation of the Centre including shaping the Centre’s funding base alongside managing and developing relationships. Dawn also contributes to the Centre’s research work. Prior to working at the Centre, Dawn worked in the higher education sector and was an Executive Assistant to the CEO and the Director of Young Foundation. Dawn has a BSc in Social Sciences from Birkbeck, University College London.
Joanne Thomas | Head of Innovative Practice
Jo Thomas is in charge of our practice development work. This includes working with practitioners to understand problems they face, supporting them to develop, test and embed new or improved ways of working, and identifying and sharing lessons from the implementation of new projects. Previously, Jo developed good practice and innovation within the fields of homelessness and multiple needs at Centrepoint, Homeless Link and the Making Every Adult Matter coalition by supporting agencies to share practice and try new approaches to service delivery.
Stephen Whitehead | Head of Policy
Stephen Whitehead leads our work on court innovation including procedural fairness and problem-solving courts. He has worked closely with the Family Drug and Alcohol Court National Unit and has an interest in specialist drug courts and courts for female offender. In his previous role, he established the New Economics Foundation’s criminal justice reform programme which explored the role that diversion and specialist courts could play in the UK. He is a trained facilitator with experience in citizen engagement and education policy making.
Rupert George | Communications & Public Affairs Manager
Rupert George leads on the Centre’s communications activity and supports the Director with public affairs work. He has a long standing interest in the criminal justice system, particularly drug policy and policing. Issues he has a long experience of working with as Release’s Head of Communications. He has worked for charities in a broad range of sectors from criminal justice to health and the environment.