Dr Hannah Bows

Assistant Professor in Criminal Law

Hannah is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Director of Equality and Diversity within Durham Law School. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA). Over the last six years she has conducted research examining different forms of […]

Junior Smart

Business Development Manager and Head of SOS Gangs Project, St Giles Trust

Junior Smart joined St Giles Trust in 2006 upon his release from prison from where he was given a 10-year sentence for a drug and gang related offence. With support from St Giles Trust he set up and developed the award-winning SOS Gangs project, London’s largest ex-offender gangs exit programme. Now covering 13 London boroughs and […]

Dr Jenny Lloyd

Dr Jenny Lloyd is a Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire within the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking. As a member of the Contextual Safeguarding team, she works on two research projects; within Hackney children and families social care to embed a contextual safeguarding approach, and with Ofsted to develop […]

Jo Sharpen


Jo Sharpen is a qualified youth worker with person centred counselling training, a BSc (hons) in Psychology and a MA in Women and Child Abuse. She also holds a certificate and diploma in online counselling. She has worked for AVA – Against Violence and Abuse ( for 10 years, managing the children and young people’s […]

Professor John Pitts

John Pitts is Vauxhall Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Bedfordshire, Visiting Professor of Criminology at the Universities of Suffolk and Kent and Visiting Professor of Youth Justice at the University of Politics and Law, Shanghai. He has extensive practical experience as a school teacher and youth worker; a group worker in a […]

Gabriela Smolinska-Poffley

Roma Support Group

Gabriela Smolinska–Poffley is Roma Support Group’s deputy manager and a Roma Support & Engagement Programme Leader. She has been working with East European Roma communities since 2002. From 2002 until 2005 Gaba ran after school activities for Roma children. These included art and crafts sessions and a reading group; through those activities Gaba was co-responsible […]

Mihai Calin Bica

Roma Support Group

Mihai Calin Bica is a bi-lingual Romanian Roma advocate and activist. He qualified as a social worker in July 2009, and has graduated from the West University Timisoara, Sociology and Psychology Faculty, Social Work department. Between 2008 and 2011, Mihai worked for FEMROM in Romania, he coordinated a regional project, training and supporting Roma women […]

Aedan Wolton

Aedan Wolton is a former social worker, and a co-director of cliniQ, a health and wellbeing service for trans people in Soho, London. In his day-to-day role, Aedan is also a Specialist Health Advisor at Europe’s busiest sexual health clinic, 56 Dean (which host’s cliniQ’s GUM/HIV services). As a researcher, Aedan is currently involved in […]

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