To continue the important legacy of the Young Review, Iqbal Wahhab OBE has been appointed as Chair of the Young Review Independent Advisory Group which has been rebranded and renamed as EQUAL.
Iqbal has a long track record in championing issues facing young black and Muslim people in the criminal justice system. He has worked with many organisations, like Switchback and The Clink restaurant in HMP Brixton, and for three years chaired Bounce Back, a social enterprise supporting offenders into paid employment. He also has many years’ experience in working with government and for eight years chaired the DWP’s Ethnic Minority Advisory Group, supporting the department in developing policy and strategy to address the disparities faced by ethnic minority groups in the labour market.
Rabia Mirza Comms and Engagement Officer
Jeremy Crook CEO
Shadae Cazeau Head of Policy
Philip Flynn Project Support Officer
Independent Advisory Group Members
Diane Curry OBE
The Chief Executive of POPS, Diane has worked for the charity for 19 years. She has vast experience in working within the voluntary sector of the Criminal Justice System and is a qualified social worker.
In 2013 Diane was invited to become an independent scrutiny panel member for the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner and is now a member of the GMP public protest panel and the AGMA Executive Steering Group.
Jess is Clinks' policy manager. She has worked in the voluntary sector for over ten years, having previously completed an MA in Human Rights.
Her previous work includes developing policy at the Community Development Foundation; service development and community engagement for the British Red Cross international tracing and message services; and working to support refugee and migrant community organisations.
In her spare time she volunteers for Prison Reading Groups and has previously mentored refugees.
Khatuna is a human rights campaigner with over 15 years experience of working at both national and European levels.
She has held a senior position with a national human rights organisation in Georgia providing legal aid and advocacy to the victims of human rights abuse as well as working within the projects of the OSCE, Council of Europe and the European Commission.
Since 2011 Khatuna has been working with the Zahid Mubarek Trust.
Head of research at the Prison Reform Trust, Kimmett’s research topics include conflicts about race in prisons, the experiences of minority ethnic prison staff, and the resettlement needs of BAME people in custody.
A Fair Response, a project he led at the PRT, asked people in prison to design a complaints process that would earn their trust.
He was a consultant on racial complaints to NOMS Race Review 2008.
Neena is Programme Director for Criminology and Sociology at St. Mary's University. Before joining St Mary’s in January 2017 she was a visiting lecturer at Westminster University teaching Criminology since 2014. She has over 15 years experience in conducting evidence-led research in the public and voluntary sectors.
As policy and research manager at Nacro (the crime-reduction charity), she was involved in influencing criminal justice policy at both local and national levels.
Patrick is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Prior to this, he was Research Officer within the Greater Manchester Probation Trust.
He has extensive experience of managing and delivering critical research and evaluation projects in relation to the efficacy of criminal justice approaches and interventions for marginalised groups and communities.
Raheel Mohammed is the founder and director of Maslaha and has recently been profiled as one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals in The Observer newspaper for pioneering creative change to some of society’s most difficult issues.
Sammy is a qualified social worker, social entrepreneur and founder of Wipers Youth CIC, a social enterprise dedicated to engaging and empowering disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.
His contribution as a leader and advocate within his field has been recognised by the Youth Justice Board.
In 2015 he was invited to the Ministry of Justice to join the YJB Round Table discussions on ethnic disproportionality within the CJS and at the 2015 YJ Conference was invited to lead a panel discussion on the same subject alongside chair of the YJB Lord McNally.