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Meet the team at Sussex Pathways!

Margaret Carey – Chair of the Board of Trustees

Meet the team at Sussex Pathways - Margret Carey - Chair of the board of trusteesIn 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.

Shirl Tanner – Operations Director 

Meet the team at Sussex Pathways - Shirl Tanner - Restorative Justice Co-ordinator

Shirl Tanner, Operations Director (previously the Mentor Co-ordinator). Shirl started at Sussex Pathways as a Volunteer Key Worker in 2009, alongside studying a Masters Degree in Social Work. After committing to a full-time position with Sussex Pathways, Shirl would go on to play a pivotal role in implementing the drop-in service at the Induction and Pre-Release Centre, Lewes Prison. Shirl says: “I 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 all that Restorative Justice stands for.”



Lucy Edwards – Project Co-ordinator 

Lucy Edwards; Worked for Sussex Pathways in the past, and returned as the Mentor Co-Ordinator in April 2017. (If you email Lucy directly she will give you more details)

Karren Hurst – Administration and Finance

Karren Hurst; Was a Police officer prior to being medically retired, and then joined Sussex Pathways. Works part time doing all the administration and finance for Sussex Pathways, as well as supporting Lucy with the mentoring.


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.

Our volunteers

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.