Meet the Trustees
Paula is Head of Prisoner Engagement at the Prison Reform Trust. She was previously Head of Involvement at Revolving Doors Agency and Head of Programmes at User Voice. She is a passionate advocate for highlighting the inequalities that affect people in the criminal justice system and a trustee of the Community Chaplaincy Association.
Her passion for working with excluded members of the community stems from personal experiences as a prisoner 2004-2012. Her personal experiences and associated research – Service users Being Used (Critical Reflections on Women, Family, Crime and Justice on JSTOR) The experience of being a female prisoner Listener, a qualitative study submitted as part of a post graduate diploma in integrative psychotherapy, and research on prisoner activism has sharpened her commitment to building a lived experience network , and raising awareness of the
systemic issues faced by prisoners and to campaign and proactively deliver services which support both prisoners and former prisoners to progress past the stigma of imprisonment and multiple exclusion.
Ama Afrifa-Tchie FRSA
Ama Afrifa-Tchie is a valiant cultural builder, who’s specialism spans across people experience, workplace culture, diversity & inclusion, mental health and wellbeing and corporate responsibility. She is experienced in leading the design, analysis, and implementation of people-centric products/services, inclusion & wellbeing initiatives.
She works with senior leadership, management teams, and employee engagement to; embed and integrate organisational culture through behaviour, processes and systems, and seeks to promote a positive, inclusive and supportive work environment and company culture by developing and evolving programmes and initiatives that support the organisation’s mission and values.
Ama has built her career and expertise (over 14 years ‘experience) with different industries such as – start-ups, tech, professional services, legal, financial services, media & entertainment.
She is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce UK, a Trustee of Artswork, a Governor on the Board of The Boxing Academy and the former Mentoring Chair of Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WITC UK).
Steph is a qualified careers adviser with a psychology background who has worked extensively with excluded young people in informal settings. She is passionate about co-designing projects that bring together the support young people need at the right time and in the right way for them, and about securing the system change that needs to take place to help more young people thrive. She has worked with MAC-UK in a variety of ways over the last 7 years and joined the Board in December 2017.
Currently a Senior Manager in Philanthropy at Charities Aid Foundation, Steph leads a team providing strategic advice to charities and donors. She designs grant-making programmes with philanthropists and companies and undertakes business reviews with charitable organisations of all kinds; focusing on governance, strategy and income diversification. Prior to this she was Assistant Director at Catch22 and led the Big Lottery Fund’s Talent Match London programme; with responsibility for ensuring the funding had impact beyond the life of the funding to change the way that all young Londoners receive employment support.
Steph has held a number of voluntary roles in governance and delivery positions across a wide range of charities and currently sits on the Independent Grants Committee for BBC Children in Need. She holds an MBA and a Postgraduate qualification in Advice and Guidance, and is an RSA Fellow.
Dr Nick Barnes
Nick is a young people’s psychiatrist and Cognitive Analytic therapist who works in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in London, as well as being an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London. Over the 15 years of involvement with CAMHS work, supported by nearly 20 years of voluntary youth sector involvement, Nick has been keen to find broader offer for children, young people and their families to enable them to engage with mental health services.
For so many in the community, the current offer from CAMHs services seldom appears to be sufficiently meaningful or accessible. As a result, Nick has spent a lot of time investing in developing projects, such as the HSJ Award winning project – Time 2 Talk. Having worked with many young people in the Youth Justice System, and currently working in teams that support children in care, and those with learning disability and neuro-developmental need, Nick is keen to break down some of the barriers that prevent young people from accessing support and ensuring they can engage with their education, learning and eventually, opportunities for employment.
Nic is a commercial professional with experience across a number of public sector organisations. He is currently employed through the Civil Service Fast Stream at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has also spent time at HM Revenue and Customs.
Prior to this Nic worked as a Public Affairs Consultant for Hanover Communications advising a number of clients on political matters in the defence, energy and infrastructure sectors.
Stephen is an actuary with around 35 years’ experience in pensions, mainly acquired at the major global consultancy Mercer in the provision of advice to trustees and sponsoring employers on the financial management of their pension schemes. He currently provides actuarial consulting advice to lawyers, is an advisor for The Pensions Advisory Service, a Features Editor for The Actuary magazine and is actively involved in various professional pension matters. Stephen is a governor at a local primary school, serving on several committees.
Keisha is a multi-disciplinary Social Design and Innovation Consultant with 15 years of experience within the private and third sector. Keisha brings a unique combination of lived experience and learned expertise to her practice, seeking to harness the power of research, design and innovation to co-create equitable, liberatory and abundant futures.
Keisha holds a Masters of Design in Social Innovation from Ravensbourne University London. Her most recent academic research entitled ‘Beneath the Skin: To Understand & Be Understood’ centred around an exploration of the ways in which Design for Social Innovation can contribute to a deeper understanding of the emotional needs of Black British young people as they transition into adulthood.
Keisha has previously undertaken a number of CSR, fundraising, partnership management and community engagement roles; working at organisations such as HSBC, The Prince’s Trust, Deutsche Bank, Meningitis Research Foundation, FareShare, Credit Suisse, Macmillan Cancer Support and Pavement 2 Catwalk.