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Meet Our Team

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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.

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.

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.

Iqbal Wahhab

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.

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.