Our Team

David Lammy
Patron and MP for Tottenham, England

David Lammy is the Labour Member of Parliament for Tottenham, England, where he was born and raised. After being elected for the seventh time in December 2019, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice. As part of this role, Lammy built on his landmark review of the criminal justice system, which explored the treatment of and outcomes for Black and minority ethnic people in British courts and prisons. The review included 35 wide-ranging policy recommendations for the government and criminal justice sectors. David previously served under the Blair and Brown Labour governments from 2002-2010 as Culture Minister and Higher Education Minister and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2008.

Lammy’s parents arrived in the UK from Guyana as part of the over half a million people who moved from the Caribbean to Britain in the 1970s, known as the Windrush generation. He is renowned for his role in securing justice for those victims of the Windrush Scandal as well as victims of London’s Grenfell Tower Fire, winning both GQ’s and the Political Studies Association’s Politician of the Year in 2018. He is also known for spearheading the fight against Brexit, pushing for more equal access to university and demanding the decolonization of education curriculums and international aid. Lammy explores these issues and more in Tribes, his book on both the benign and malign effects of our very human need to belong.

Lord David Ramsbotham
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.

John Shepherd
CEO

John is a graduate of St.Andrews university and has worked in the commercial sector for 30 yrs primarily in business development and operational positions. These roles 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. John took on the role of CEO at Trailblazers in September 2016.

Carina Kemp
Chair

After completing an honours degree in Urban Studies from the University of Sheffield and a Masters in Economic Geography from Queens 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 successfully transferred her skills to mentor young entrepreneurs and small businesses across commercial and charitable organisations, including the Princes Trust, a social enterprise business supporting people in custody and the Woking Sam Beare Hospice. Carina is married with two grown up sons.

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)

Lola Morrison
Trustee

Lola is a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor and is affiliated with BAATN and the BACP via her MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at Birkbeck, University of London. Lola has twenty years of experience in senior management roles in higher and further education where she has explored her passion for helping people from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds. Lola has extensive experience in working with people that have suffered exclusion from the educational system (NEET) or have experienced trauma during their formative years and she has established and presided over committees to address achievement gaps within higher education. Lola has also worked with The Prince’s Trust as a mentor and The Prince’s Trust International where she has written and implemented business start-up programmes for young or aspiring entrepreneurs. She has an MA in the arts from Central St. Martins and a PGCE from the University of East London.

Kelly White
Trustee

Kelly is a graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London and has gone on to work primarily in the charity sector for 20 years – holding senior leadership roles in fundraising and business development. Kelly has represented a number of charities including National youth homelessness charity, De Paul UK and International NGO, Fight for Peace which have a focus on supporting young people with complex needs to access wrap around support and to fulfil their potential in life. Kelly is currently Head of Public Sector Partnerships for the Prince`s Trust.

Jim Barton
Trustee

Jim Barton was appointed Senior Responsible Officer for the Probation Reform Programme within Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service in July 2018. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the future strategy for the probation service. Jim has worked for the last 8 years in the probation service, initially at Staffordshire & West Midlands Probation Trust (responsible for a proposed pilot of Payment by Results), followed by Transforming Rehabilitation and three years in the National Probation Service senior team.

Nadeem Janjua
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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 in Prime Central London, 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 has also been a key member of a Diversity & Inclusion Group,and a Wellbeing Board, 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 money as possible.

Tom Pauk
Trustee

Tom Pauk is a former city lawyer turned playwright. He is an official prison visitor and is involved with a number of charities in the criminal justice, dementia and mental health sectors. Tom is married with two grownup children and lives in London.

Cornai Scott
Brand Ambassador

Hi – I’m Cornai Scott, I’m 22 years old and have four sisters and three older brothers. I’m a qualified Barista and coffee roaster. I am currently Operations Manager for Change Please https://www.changeplease.org/  At Change Please we hire homeless people and we pay them the London Living wage and also help them with housing, bank accounts, and recovering from addiction. I am also an Engagement Keyworker for Young People Relate https://yprelate.org/  who work on behalf of social services with kids with challenging behaviour, disabilities, and those with gang connections. I have done documentaries and interviews in the hope that my story will help deter young people from making the wrong choices. I am passionate about doing what I can to help people fulfil their potential.