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).

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

Anisha Gadhia
Anisha Gadhia

Anisha started her career as a commercial litigation lawyer. In 2001 Anisha joined Trailblazers as a volunteer and had the privilege of mentoring a 19 year old male serving a sentence for serious violence at HMYOI Feltham. This rich experience was the catalyst for a career change, and Anisha qualified as a Probation Officer in 2005 working with the London Probation Service for 9 years. Anisha was primarily based in a Public Protection Unit working with people who had committed serious offences and also completed two high profile secondments to the Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism, and a Youth Offending Team working with both Al Qaeda inspired and gang affiliated young people. Anisha moved to the voluntary sector in 2011 joining the Prison Advice & Care Trust (PACT), and there followed three incredibly rewarding years working as an advocate for support for prisoners' children and then as Head of Training and Interventions. Anisha moved to the Parole Board of England & Wales in 2014 to take up a role as Head of Development and Practice; and joined the Government Legal Department in 2017 as Head of People Development.

Alice Umfreville

Alice graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a Bsc in International Hospitality and worked in hotels in both Spain and Canada before becoming a Lettings Agent, which she is currently. In addition to her profession, and being a member of the Trailblazers board, Alice is an active mentor and has been since 2016. She is also an active member of the Diversity & Inclusion Group, and the Wellbeing Board at work and takes a keen interest in fundraising for a variety of charities close to her heart, often undertaking some fairly high adrenalin activities to raise as much as possible.

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.

Carina Kemp
Carina Kemp

After completing an Honours degree in Urban Studies from Sheffield and a Masters in Economic Geography from Queen’s University Canada, Carina worked for PA Consulting in the UK and New Zealand before joining HSBC. A strong leader with 30 years of global corporate business transformation and change management experience who has recently successfully transferred her skills to mentor young entrepreneurs and small businesses across commercial and charitable organisations, including the Prince’s Trust, a social enterprise business supporting people in custody and for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospice. Carina is married with two grown up sons.

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