Meet the team at Sussex Pathways!
Margaret Carey – Chair of the Board of Trustees
In 1993, Margaret founded the Inside Out Trust which set up Restorative Justice based projects inside prisons throughout England and Wales and ran it for ten years until July 2004. During this period, she chaired the Board of the Restorative Justice Consortium (now Council) for some six years. She was appointed to be the first chair of the Board of Circles UK in 2007, a position which she held until November 2013. Circles UK is the coordinating and monitoring body for circles of support and accountability projects which work with high risk offenders who have served long sentences for sexual offences and are then released on licence. She joined the board of Sussex Pathways in 2012 and shortly afterwards became its chair, a post she continues to hold.
Margaret served for seven years as an Independent Member of the Parole Board and twenty-three years as a magistrate. The Margaret Carey Foundation was founded by a colleague in 2010 to carry on the work of the Inside Out Trust which had by then closed down.
Outside the Criminal Justice System, she is churchwarden in her parish church in West Sussex which includes being a trustee of several community charities; she sings alto in the church choir. She is a founder trustee of the Hurst Festival, an annual two week celebration of art and community which aims to bring people together. She has always lived in Sussex within sight of the South Downs. She is married to Kevin Carey, independent consultant and Chair of the Board of the RNIB, and has two children and seven grandchildren. She was awarded the MBE for services to the charitable sector in 2001.
Adrian Martin – Director
Adrian Martin has been working with Sussex Pathways since 2011 and has worked in the fields of Community Safety, Community Development and the Criminal Justice System for over 25 years. She has a BA(Hons) in Social Policy & Administration and a MA in Criminal Justice Policy. The most recent 15 years of Adrian’s career has involved developing and delivering pilot projects in partnership with the statutory and voluntary sectors including the ‘Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme’ (IDAP) which was subsequently rolled out Nationally by the Probation Service and the Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams initiative, primarily with the Metropolitan Police and now a National Policy. Adrian has also chaired the Home Office National Steering Group for the Prolific & Priority Offender programme as well as delivering seminars at regional learning events coordinated by the Ministry of Justice. In December 2014 Adrian was invited by the United Nations Development Programme working in partnership with the Algerian Government to address their National Conference on Prisons and Resettlement. She is a skilled professional relationship broker and network builder and regularly interfaces with local and national government agencies, private sector companies and trust fund organisations.
In addition to this, Adrian has been a Lecturer at Sussex University, she also volunteers her time as an advisor to the Board of Trustees for a Finance, Debt & Benefits Advice Charity and has also been a Parent Governor for her children’s school, a Volunteer Community Advocate and a Volunteer Research assistant to a local Member of Parliament.
Shirl Tanner – Restorative Justice Co-ordinator
Shirl Tanner joined Sussex Pathways as an MSc Social Work student on placement in 2009. She regularly explains to new volunteers and colleagues about how much she loved the work we do so much that she deferred her MSc to stay another year! Ultimately, withdrawing completely from her course to stay permanently Shirl started out as a mentor, she moved on to become our Volunteer Coordinator and has subsequently taken on the role of Trainer for new volunteers. In addition to this, Shirl trained as a Restorative Justice Facilitator and has been appointed as the Restorative Pathways Project Lead for Sussex Pathways in 2015. Shirl says “I have never looked back and do the work with Sussex Pathways the only way it can be done – and that is with a passion for everything that the Charity offers and what Restorative Justice stands for.”
Paul Collins – Community hub Co-ordinator
Paul Collins is a former Royal Marine Commando and has regularly practiced different forms of physical fitness. He has trained and studied Yoga, breath work and meditation with renowned teachers from all around the world. He has used yoga and meditation to transform his once stress filled, chaotic life to find contentment and happiness which he now shares in classes and workshops teaching Yoga and meditation. He has taught these practices in primary and secondary substance misuse rehabilitation groups, heroin detoxification units, harm reduction day programmes, 12 step programmes, mental health units and in prison. Currently Paul is working with Sussex Pathways to deliver and coordinate the ‘SPIN’ project, a community based resettlement hub providing ‘through the gate’ mentoring for people leaving prison including a yoga & relaxation group, a free healthy lunch, advice and support to promote healthy minds and bodies.
Sussex Pathways board of trustees
The Board of Trustees has nine members. Trustees are recruited to fulfil strategic needs in the organisation, and to bring to the Board the skills and experience required for effective governance of the charity and its work. The current trustees have experience of managing and chairing charities that work with people in prison, people resettling in the community, young people who face social disadvantages and people with mental health issues. Trustees also have relevant experience as magistrate, judge, senior police officer, international business management, accountant, personnel manager, and of different faith communities.
The Chair of the board of trustees has line management responsibility for the Director. The Director manages the paid staff, oversees the delivery of our projects and contracts and the specialist volunteers. Our Restorative Pathways Lead manages the delivery of our RJ Programme including liaising and working within the prisons as well as managing volunteer RJ Facilitators.
HMP Lewes Statutory Resettlement Case Workers
We have a small team working in HMP Lewes in partnership with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC). The focus of this team is to provide support for people leading up to release from prison, specifically around accommodation. Where possible, we help & support individuals to maintain good family relationships enabling their return to the family home. Sometimes we will make referrals to housing providers, arrange 3-way pre-release meetings, notify housing benefits to retain the tenancy and do everything possible to help prevent homelessness upon release. We will also link in with agencies in the community to assist with Finance, Debt & Benefit issues.
Our volunteers are an important and integral part of our team and we have a whole page dedicated to volunteering. Many of our volunteers juggle their working life with a few hours of volunteering each week, some perhaps are students and several are either retired or semi-retired but still want to participate in a role that is supportive, challenging and in turn rewarding.