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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.

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.

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.