Our Staff and Board

We are incredibly grateful to the following individuals for lending their support to our work through acting as our Patrons and Ambassadors:


HRH The Duke of Cambridge (St Giles Trust 50th Anniversary Patronage in 2012)
Lord Gus O'Donnell GCB FBA
Jenny Agutter OBE
The Right Honourable Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC
Dame Liz Forgan DBE

Special Ambassadors:

Christine Ohuruogo MBE - current world 400 metre champion and former Olympic and Commonwealth Champion
Sam Bailey - chart-topping singer, winner of the X Factor and former prison officer

Mark Tennant - City Financier and Financial Services Industry Leader

Rob Owen OBE – Chief Executive

Rob Owen joined St Giles Trust in February 2007 after a career in investment banking. He joined Nomura as a graduate trainee in 1987, joining the Japanese equities desk. He moved to Schroders Japan in 1992 to work in international sales and then progressed to ABN Amro as Director on the emerging markets desk. He left the City to do an MBA to pursue a career change in a place where he could make a social difference. He has been on multiple polar and high altitude expeditions raising money for charity, as well as completing the Marathon Des Sables and the Devizes to Westminster kayak race. In 2015, he was awarded an OBE for his work in the criminal justice field.

Malcolm Walker –Assistant Director

Malcolm Walker has a background in accountancy being both a Certified Accountant and Chartered Secretary. He moved to the voluntary sector after having worked for private sector companies and a University in various finance and management roles. In his current role he is Assistant CEO and heads up our Central Services function encompassing finance, HR, ITC, premises and administration.

Andy Cross –Director of Services

Andy has worked in social housing, homelessness and offender services since 1987 in the public and voluntary sectors. Over the years he has worked for Hillingdon Council, a number of Housing Associations particularly Family HA, Shepherds Bush HA, Metropolitan Housing Trust and St Mungo’s Broadway. He has been at St Giles Trust since 2003. His roles have included a wide variety of client facing jobs including housing advice, housing and hostel management, resettlement support, welfare rights advocacy and support as well as developing and managing education, training and employment services including at St Giles Trust. Andy has been the Director of Services since 2008 and is responsible for operational and business development.

Sean McFadden – Head of Fundraising

Originally a housing advice worker, Sean’s first fundraising job was with the Trusts and Corporate Team at Crisis. Since then he has managed grant fundraising at Mencap and trusts, major donors and events at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. Sean joined St Giles Trust in 2008. In the last few years, voluntary income has increased and diversified, with increased support from corporate partners and major donors.

Maria McNicholl – Head of Prisons

Maria has worked at St Giles Trust for many years leading service delivery in prisons. She developed the first flagship Peer Advice Project at HMP Wandsworth in 2001, training prisoners to NVQ Level 3 in Advice and Guidance and supporting them to provide resettlement advice to their peers in prison. Alongside winning multiple awards, it was successfully transferred to the community, resulting in many of the people we had trained in prison working or volunteering for St Giles Trust. She completed a MA in Prisoner Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and has also worked on several pan-European resettlement projects adapting the peer model to programmes working with offenders in Italy, Roma people in Hungary and disadvantaged families in Portugal.

Evan Jones – Head of Community Services

Evan has worked in homelessness and offender services since the late 80s both in the statutory and voluntary sectors; he has worked for: Westminster Council, Carr Gomm, North Lambeth Day Centre, Broadway, Southwark Council and St Giles Trust. His roles have included resettlement, shared housing management, floating support, street outreach, housing allocation and now at St Giles Trust he develops new projects, manages existing ones and chases funding for both.

Maggie Cramb – Head of Skills and Employment

Maggie has worked in the Skills and Employment arena for the past 20 years, supporting services for very disadvantaged people to move closer to and into sustainable employment. As well as five years of freelance working she has held a number of senior posts in voluntary and community organisations, including at the Refugee Council, Women's Education in Building and the London Voluntary Sector Training Consortium. She has been a member of the St Giles Trust senior management team since 2009, and has set up new projects in Wales, Yorkshire and Kent, and oversees the Trust' skills and employment work.

Victoria Bryan – Head of Human Resources

Victoria has 17 years experience in Human Resources, which has included working in the private sector (financial services and consultancy), the public sector and the BBC. Victoria joined St Giles Trust in 2008 following a decision to make a career move into the voluntary sector – and has never looked back! Victoria heads up the HR team, and takes a lead on the resourcing, selection, development and engagement of our staff, volunteers and peer advisers. Victoria is currently studying a Level 7 CIPD Certificate in Advanced Employment Relations.


Denise Jagger, Chair

Denise trained and worked as a corporate finance lawyer in the City before embarking on her in house career. She was Company Secretary and General Counsel at Asda during its rapid growth period and remained in this role once part of the international retailer, Wal Mart. She joined global corporate law firm Eversheds as a partner in 2004. With a background in corporate and commercial and extensive in house experience, Denise advises clients on a wide range of strategic and operational in house management issues. Denise has a portfolio of non executive directorships including Bellway plc and the British Olympic Association and is Vice Chairman of Northern Ballet. She has previously held non executive roles in the retail, financial services, construction, health, education and the museums sectors. In 2012 she was named City Woman of Achievement in recognition of her significant contribution to the promotion of gender equality in the workplace and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws for promoting women’s development in business. She joined the Board at St Giles Trust in 2014.

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Gary Jones

Gary joined the Board in 2008. He has been deputy editor of The People since 2008. He was previously at the Daily Mirror and the News of the World. In 1995, he was named "Reporter of the Year" at the British Press Awards.

David Pinto-Duschinsky

David joined the Board in 2012. David is currently Director and Head of Africa Regional Office at Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to this, David was a special adviser to Chancellor of the Exchequer /Member of Council of Economic Advisers and Special Adviser to Home Secretary.

Julie Rice

Julie joined the board in 2013. After early work in social housing, she trained as a chartered accountant at BDO serving both high growth businesses as well as charities. Later she moved into forensic accounting and became a partner, working on complex assignments including war reparations for the UN, corporate claims and large government deals.

Monica Ali

Monica Ali is an award-winning writer, whose novels include Brick Lane, In the Kitchen and Untold Story. Her work has been translated into 26 languages. She has been a visiting Professor on the MFA course at Columbia University, New York, and tutors on the Creative Writing MA at City University, London. She has been a guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and has been a contributor to many other media outlets. She is also an active member of the writers’ organisation, PEN, and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Brixton prison.

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Charles Pitts Tucker

Charles Pitts-Tucker was appointed Head of Investment Banking EMEA at Nomura in September 2012. He is also Co-Head of International Investment Banking Business and plays a continuing role in the acquisition finance business. He is a Senior Managing Director of Nomura. Prior to joining Nomura, he was Co-Head of the European Corporate and Leveraged Acquisition Team at Lehman Brothers and played a key role in a number of high profile transactions in the investment grade and sub-investment grade market. Before this, he was a member of the Leveraged Finance Team at Morgan Grenfell and began his career as a lawyer at Allen & Overy.

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Peter Little

Peter is a long serving member of the Board. He joined St Giles Trust shortly after moving to London when working in supporting and resettling single homeless people. He previously worked in mental health and for the Probation Service. He is the CEO of Outward providing supported housing and social care for people with learning disabilities, vulnerable young people and elders and people on the Autistic Spectrum. Outward is part of the Newlon Group and he is a member of the Newlon Housing Trust executive team, leading on supported housing and care for the Group.

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Phil Wheatley C.B.

Upon graduation, Phil joined the Prison Service as a Prison Officer in 1969 and was promoted Assistant Governor in 1970. In 1986 he became Governor of Hull Prison; moving on in 1990 to a variety of headquarters’ roles. In 2003 he was made Director General of the Prison Service, becoming Director General of the National Offender Management Service responsible for all prisons and probation services in England and Wales in 2008. He delivered improvements that reduced reoffending, escapes, drug abuse and suicide and increased efficiency in both prison and probation before retiring in 2010. He currently has a portfolio of roles; he is a Non Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, a Trustee of St Giles Trust and of Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust. He contributes to training, international conferences and academic study on penal practice. He advises both public and private sector prison operators in the UK and internationally.

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Alfy Hayson

Qualified with a Law Degree & Masters and an array of vocational and academic qualifications. Alfy is now an experienced Prince 2 Practioner working as ‘PMO for New Business & Strategy at Ingeus UK’. Alfy has a myriad of invaluable project management experience gained in third and private sectors coupled with a highly focused and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Welfare to Work and Criminal Justice sectors. He was Lead Advisor on the DWP’s flagship Work Programme and has helped develop and deliver rehabilitation and resettlement projects in most prisons across London, including the High Security Category A Unit in Belmarsh. Most recently Alfy project managed the Ministry of Justices’ Transforming Rehabilitation contract win across the Midlands for the Reducing Re-offending Partnership (Ingeus, CRI & St Giles Trust. In addition he has been fortunate enough to have visited prisons afar as Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, India, Egypt, Pakistan, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, America and many places throughout Europe and Africa. These experiences have been invaluable in shaping his character and given him a broader grounding and wider perspective of life for those in custody in different jurisdictions around the world.

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Terry Learmouth

Terry brings a wealth of over 25 years technology experience to the St Giles Trust board, the majority of which has been with financial services. He is currently Managing Director of EMEA Wholesale CIO and Co-Global Head of Enterprise Infrastructure Services at Nomura. He is responsible for EMEA Technology Services and Platforms and jointly responsible for global infrastructure services. Prior to joining Nomura in 1997, he worked at NatWest/Centre-File and Lloyds Bank PLC in IT Management and Systems Analyst roles.

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