Our Team

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

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).

Johnny Cameron
Johnny Cameron
Chairman

With a Honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford and a Masters Degree in Management from M.I.T., Johnny worked in Asia and then for Mckinsey. He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the British American Chamber of Commerce, the British Olympic Advisory Board and the CBI Task force on Higher Education.

Peter Simpson
Peter Simpson
Treasurer

Peter is an experienced accountant and financial director, whose most recent role was Director of Finance and IT for Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent, a charity that runs 3 hospices in east Kent. Prior to that, he set up a successful business with his wife and was Finance Director of Faber and Faber, publishers based in London, for 16 years. He is also involved in a number of other charities. He is a Chartered Accountant (FCA).

Nadeem Janjua

Graduating with honours in Social Sciences and Criminology, Nadeem works in the charity sector. Currently managing an outreach service for rough sleepers he is passionate about improving the life chances of those that have found themselves without a home. Previously he has mentored young offenders and gang members, helping them to rehabilitate back into society

Sarah Watkins
Sarah Watkins

Educated at Nottingham Trent University with a Honours degree in Law and Criminology, She has worked her way from being a prison office to a Governor, heading up a prison area such as the wings and education and training. Working at HMYOI Cookham Wood, with under 18s gave her a passion for helping young people and during her time working in prisons, she experienced first hand the need for the volunteer mentoring service Trailblazers provides. Sarah is currently working for the Ministry of Justice on Prison Reform Policy, having also been a private secretary for the Prisons Minister.

Sarah is leading our youth participation work and will support the appointment of a further Young Trustee to our board.

Kent Allen
Kent Allen

Kent is a founding director of Global Leaders Academy He has broad governance experience as a Board Director within corporate, entrepreneurial and private equity ownership structures. Kent has an Honours Business degree and an MBA from York University, Canada. His last 20 years as a senior executive has been as President, MD and Group MD of international organisations in the marketing services sector.

Kent has been a volunteer youth mentor for Big Brothers Canada (1980s), the Richmond Upon Thames Youth-At-Risk program, Beat Bullying, the Princes Trust and Trailblazers (since 2012). He served as a Trustee at Relate North Herts. Kent is a passionate photographer.

Tom Pauk
Tom Pauk

Tom Pauk is a former City lawyer, turned (aspiring) playwright. He is an Official Prison Visitor and is involved with a number of charities in the criminal justice, dementia, mental health and animal welfare sectors. Tom Pauk is married with two grown-up children, and lives in London.

Buzz Hornett
Buzz Hornett

After graduating from the London Film School Buzz joined a documentary film company as a trainee, engaged predominantly on training films for UK armed forces. Twelve years later he moved to the television division of the world’s largest sports marketing company IMG/TWI. He worked on the All England Club (Wimbledon Tennis) and the R&A (Open Golf) accounts for 33 years before retiring in 2008.
 
Buzz was a founding member of the Friends of Wandsworth Prison, whose Chairman was involved with Trailblazers. He was a Trustee of Blue Sky (providing work to ex-offenders in the community) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Blue Sky Inside (providing employment to women in prison).

Buzz was a mentor based at Wandsworth with Trailblazers before joining the Board in 2015

Lord Ramsbotham
Lord Ramsbotham
Our Patron
David Ramsbotham, Baron Ramsbotham GCB, CBE is a retired British Army officer, who later served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons from 1995 to 2001. He was awarded his life peerage in 2005 and now sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords. He is President of the Koestler Awards scheme and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs; he is President of UNLOCK and an Ambassador for the charity, The Prison Advice and Care Trust; he is a trustee and President of the Institute of Food, Brain and Behaviour; he is a Patron of Prisoners Abroad, a charity that supports the welfare of Britons imprisoned overseas and their families, and Prisoners Education Trust, a charity that supports serving prisoners through a range of academic, creative and vocational distance learning courses whilst inside; he is a Patron of the African Prisons Project, an international non-governmental organisation; he is President of the charity PTSD Resolution, which provides treatment to Veterans with post-traumatic stress through its UK-wide network of 200 therapists; he is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties and of the Criminal Justice and Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group and also Chairman of the Cross Party Group on Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice