Hello, I’m Tom Currie (65) married with two daughters and three grandchildren. I retired in 2017 from my role as Head of the National Probation Service in West Mercia, working within the HMPPS Directorate of the Ministry of Justice. I have over 40 years experience in the Criminal Justice System. I graduated from Manchester University in 1977 with a BA (Hons) in Social Science (Criminology & Social Psychology) and later completed post graduate Diplomas in Social Work, and Management Studies. In 1995 I graduated from Wolverhampton Business School with a Masters in Business Administration.
I am a lifelong Christian, although my journey has been at times challenging, uncertain and not without cost, I recognise that Jesus promises us all salvation, if we trust and live in Him. This has and remains a great motivation in my life. I am a Lay Minister with the Church of England and part way through the Readership programme with Birmingham University (Queens) and Durham.
Since retirement, I have climbed Kilimanjaro in snow, ice and -32 degrees, renovated my house (and garden) I have spent time touring Australia and visiting friends and family. I have, this year, achieved my 5th Dan Black Belt in Karate. I have also served two wonderful organisations as a Director and Trustee. The first, Telford Aftercare Team (TACT) working with those in recovery from drugs and alcohol misuse and mental ill health, based in Wellington. The second is Yellow Ribbon working with people in resettlement from prison to community. Both of these are of huge significance to me as a Christian since both reach out to those in need, to those whom society does not readily acknowledge are part of God’s kingdom.
Hello, I’m Paul Bell (55) with a son and daughter both based in London. I am currently Head of Human Resources at Operation Mobilisation (OM) with over 30 years’ experience of people management at a middle and senior level. This has involved working for charities and private sector organisations and delivering consultancy services that also included the public sector. After graduating with a degree in Business Studies, I completed my Diploma in Personnel Management and then a Masters’ Degree in Strategic HRM, researching business continuity through change. I’ve been a lecturer and external moderator for and, for nearly 20 years a Fellow of, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
I have over 10 years’ experience in the Criminal Justice sector. This includes setting up a Volunteer Bureau for PACT across Greater Manchester, volunteering with Fresh Start New Beginnings (ormer Shrewsbury Prison) and mentor, HR Adviser and Chair of Trustees (over 3 years) with Yellow Ribbon.
I am a lifelong Christian, and experienced wonderful personal joys – bringing up a family, seeing friends come to faith, setting up outreach initiatives to reach men and challenges – unexpected divorce, death of my older brother and enforced career change. Through these I have come to know in a real way the amazing grace of God, that it is ‘sufficient for me’ and great news for others.
In my leisure time, I enjoy walking and cycling around the Shropshire Hills and watching Sale Sharks Premiership rugby. I also volunteer with two other excellent organisations: as a Team Leader for Shrewsbury Street Pastors (above) and a facilitator for another nationwide charity: Divorce Recovery Workshop, providing practical and emotional group support following relationship breakdown.
Rev’d Tim Bryan
Tim is a senior chaplain with HMPPS Chaplaincy HQ team, an Honorary Canon at Southwark Cathedral and an Adviser to the Bishop of Southwark on Prison Chaplaincy. He is passionate about the role that people of faith can play in prisons and beyond in helping others experience transformation of their lives and genuine freedom. Until 2017 he was the managing chaplain at Wandsworth Prison, managing a large and diverse team with over one hundred volunteers in various roles in the prison and beyond. He is a graduate from St Edmund Hall, Oxford and a former Detective Chief Inspector who specialised in child protection and the management of high risk offenders in the community. He was a member of Lord Nolan’s child protection review of the Catholic Church in 2001 and a Fulbright Police Scholar. He became a trustee of Yellow Ribbon in 2019.
I hold 35years’ experience in the field of project management, education and training. I am currently training as a therapeutic counsellor, having just qualified as a hypnotherapist.
Competencies: counselling skills, budget and project management, organisational, interpersonal and communication skills.
Roles undertaken: Programme manager for a cluster of 10 schools, in South Reading supporting the school charity, fundraising and school holiday provision. School Business Manager. Project, contract and training manager with CfBT, Educational Charity, including the national roll out of training and development programmes for the Department of Education and Youth Justice Board. Careers and training officer with HM Customs and Excise – drafting of training materials, writing and production of staff training videos. Governor Trainer with Berkshire County Council. Higher Executive Officer with the Department of Education – dealing with MPs enquiries on student grants. Trustee of a South Reading charity, school governor, youth worker. I have also been a Foster Carer.
I became a Trustee for Yellow Ribbon in 2017 as I passionately believe that everyone deserves a second chance and that by offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to those leaving the criminal justice system, that second chance may be realised.