Meet our Board

POPS’ Board of Trustees play a vital role in the running of the charity. If you are interested in applying to become a trustee we accept applications all year round. For more information on the role of a POPS’ Trustee download our Trustees Application Form.

Richard HeadshotRichard Conway

Richard is an experienced lawyer within the Criminal Justice System and is currently an enforcement lawyer at the Health & Safety Executive. 

With over 10 years at HSE, and 5 years at the Crown Prosecution Service prior to that, coupled with experience of criminal defence work, Richard has experience of all levels of the CJS from charging to the courtroom, and with that an understanding of the effect the process can have on all parties involved. Through the years, Richardhas worked with a range of other law enforcement agencies and understands the wider CJS and those that are involved within it.  

My experience of the courts and the wider CJS has shown me that there are multiple victims in the process. I am both proud and excited to have the opportunity to join the board of trustees at POPS and to use some of my own skills to help the organisation achieve its aims and support POPS in its growth and development.” 

Simon HeadshotSimon Scott

SimonScott is a Post Graduate Researcher and Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University whose research focuses on the experiences of men convicted of murder serving life sentences in the community following long periods of imprisonment. For over two decades Simon has worked with and on behalf of people serving prison sentences in many roles including volunteer, consultant, colleague and informal supporter and friend. 

 As well as engaging directly with people in prison Simon’s has worked as a consultant to Human Rights Solicitors, The Samaritans, HMPPS, the Parole Board and numerous charities with the Criminal Justice Sector. He strongly believes that a creative, diverse and inclusive approach is central to addressing the many issues generated by imprisonment. 

 “I’m thrilled to become a part of POPs and am looking forward to working with the Board and Staff Team in the hope I can contribute to the ongoing success of this amazing organisation.” 

Find out more about Simon in our ‘Introducing…’ interview series.

Lauren HallLauren Hall

Lauren is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Lincoln, and researches desistance from crime and recovery from addiction. Lauren works with people both in prison and in the community to learn about how to strengthen relationships, enhance access to important resources and develop positive identities.  

Laurens recent work focuses on how we can better support women whose partners are affected by the Criminal Justice System.  

She has a dog called Arlo, and her favourite book is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. 

thumbnail_Zack Haider photoZack Haider

Zack Haider has over 20 years of experience of working within social care from front line delivery working for Job Centre Plus as an advisor, the NHS as mental health worker as well as various other roles as a Senior Manager.  

Zack presently works as Director for Community Development for Intuitive Thinking SkillsZack brings with him a wealth of experience born out of supporting prisoners, individuals on licence, ex-offenders and their familiesHis other areas of interest and expertise include digital technology and multimedia learning.   

Photo of Sarah BeresfordSarah Beresford

While teaching in an Edinburgh secondary school, I became aware of the needs of children affected by imprisonment and the lack of support available. This gap in provision prompted me to leave teaching and undertake a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship looking at the role of schools in supporting families affected by imprisonment. I subsequently joined Families Outside in Edinburgh as their Child & Family Support Manager, which included overseeing development work specifically around supporting young people with a family member in prison. During my time with Families Outside, I wrote extensively for local and national forums (under my maiden name Roberts), highlighting the needs of families affected by imprisonment. Having recently relocated to Liverpool, I remain passionate about ensuring that everyone affected by imprisonment is included in the development of appropriate support networks and resources and I am delighted to be joining the POPS’ Board of Trustees.

Richard BarnesRichard Banes

Richard is Co-Director of GeoSafe CIC and an independent justice consultant. With the former, he is working to create new employment, housing, health and social care, and social inclusion opportunities for people with convictions in prison and in the community.

Richard has extensive experience of working in the justice sector. This includes running public and commercial services, and as a senior leader with responsibility for strategy and business development. For most of his career he was a practitioner and manager with Greater Manchester Probation Service, including five years in youth justice. Responsibilities included leadership of public protection and rehabilitative services in the City of Manchester and in the Greater Manchester Prisons, and a policy portfolio that included organised crime groups and gangs, safeguarding children, families, equality  and human rights, victim liaison and offender management.

He was the Greater Manchester Partnership lead on the ‘Local Justice Reinvestment Pilot – Transforming Justice,’ and lead the development of integrated service models that reduced demand and cost in the Justice system. As a Director of Justice at Shaw Trust he designed and implemented three high quality rehabilitation contracts in London, the East of England and the South West of England. These contracts increased the social inclusion and employability of the hardest to reach in the justice system, in and out of prison, and included 16-25 year olds. He has worked with POPS for the whole of his professional career, and always believed in the value that support for families can bring.

Richard Rowley

Richard is Head of Strategic Partnerships for Working Chance, the UK’s only employment charity for women with convictions. He has over 23 years’ experience working in criminal justice for voluntary, public and private sector organisations, including prisons and probation.

Richard believes that everyone should have the opportunity to thrive and is still as driven as ever to make this happen.

“The work of POPS is renowned and even as a small charity they have a significant reach locally, nationally and internationally. What I find most inspirational is their enduring support for people that inherently don’t have a voice. They never lose sight of what’s important and why POPS was started over 30 years ago.” 

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Sarah Cooke is the Project Manager for GM Homes Partnership and her role is to lead the programme and co-ordinate  the multiple delivery & housing partners within it.

Sarah is an experienced regional and national contracts manager with a demonstrated history of managing large scale contracts across Justice, Housing & Homelessness services.

Sarah has worked in the statutory, public and voluntary sector throughout her career bringing her passion and commitment for empowering and enabling individuals facing personal and systemic challenges to the forefront of each of her professional roles.

Sarah has a strong belief in campaigning for the rights of the most vulnerable members of our society and those she feels have been excluded or left behind by national policy.

Sarah’s unwavering determination and solution focused approach to challenges has meant she has worked closely with government, national and local bodies to highlight gaps in the judicial and housing system and implemented multiple pilots and new designs to overcome historic barriers.

“I am incredibly proud to be part of POPs, it is an organisation I have admired for a number of years and their work ensuring families and individuals experiencing the criminal justice system are considered and listened to is exceptional. They are truly leaders in their field and I can’t wait to be part of their ongoing vision”