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EQUAL Members

EQUAL Members

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 Wahhab

Iqbal Wahhab

Chair

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.

Secretariat

Rabia Mirza, Mark Blake, Tebussum Rashid, Philip Flynn

Rabia Mirza
Comms and Engagement Officer

Mark Blake
Project Development Officer

Tebussum Rashid
Dep. Chief Executive

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.

Jessica Mullen

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 Tsintsadze

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.

Kimmett Edgar

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 Samota

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.

Nigel Bennett

With over 25 years experience of operating within the CJS, Nigel has front-line delivery experience, having worked his way from Probation Officer to Chief Executive.

He worked as a Senior Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Home and Foreign Affairs Team and has international experience having worked in the Turkish Ministry of Justice where, with others, he established the nation’s first probation service as part of the EU accession arrangements.

Patrick Williams

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 Mohammad

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 Odoi

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.