Our Team

The work of Trailblazers Mentoring is led by a team of experienced and talented people. Here are our Senior Management Team:
John Shepherd - CEO
John Shepherd

A graduate of St Andrews University, John has worked in the commercial sector for 30yrs, primarily in business development and operational positions. These roles have included key responsibility within the executive management teams. Alongside these employed positions he was heavily involved with two charities which provided support for children with learning disabilities and their families, and is currently deputy chair of Aylesbury Homeless Action Group (AHAG).

Michelle Kerrigan
Michelle Kerrigan
Head of Development

Michelle Kerrigan joined Trailblazers in March 2014. She has nearly 20 years experience in the third sector and fundraising but this is her first role in the criminal justice sector.

Michelle has previously worked for organisations such as ChildLine, Alzheimer's Society and The Myton Hospices, where she headed up their community fundraising team and worked on large-scale partnerships with BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and Sainsbury's Plc.

Michelle is based in Staffordshire, close to our Swinfen Hall project.

Joe Fuentes
Regional Manager for London & the South East

Joe started out in the voluntary sector working as a Youth Development worker in 2001. In 2003 Joe joined Depaul UK in the role of Project Manager for their London mentoring project which in the 6 years he ran the project went from being an all-ages, holistic Homelessness Mentoring project to a Young Offender Mentoring project with a strong focus on ETE and reducing re-offending working with several HMPs in the South East.

In 2010 Joe came to work for Trailblazers where he became the manager for the Aylesbury mentoring programme and then in late 2011 he established and subsequently managed the HMP/YOI ISIS project.

Currently Joe is the Regional Manager for London and South East and oversees four mentoring projects; HMYOI Aylesbury, HMP/YOI ISIS, HMP Wandsworth and HMP/YOI Rochester