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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 afterward 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 BA Hons – Chief Executive Officer 

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 Manager for Through the Gate (TTG) 

Lucy first joined us in 2010 as Volunteer Coordinator, she left in 2015 to have a baby and join the West YOT team, and came back to Sussex Pathways in 2017, Lucy is a valued member of the Team and always has time for everyone, no matter how busy she is, she never stops smiling and we are so pleased that she came back to join us.

 Karren Hurst – Administration and Finance

Karren Hurst works part-time doing all the administration and finance for Sussex Pathways, as well as supporting Lucy with the mentoring.

Sophie Massey BSc Hons – Restorative Justice and Key-Worker Admin

Neal Allistone – Keyworker


Neal trained as a psychotherapist over 20 years ago and was a Samaritan for a while. It wasn’t until much later in life that Neal began to really apply his skills, by working in support roles and helping struggling families with young children. Neal supports the Sussex Pathways ‘Pathways To Change’ group and is a keyworker supporting men inside, through the gate, and in the community.
Alongside Neal’s work with Sussex Pathways, he is a mentor and facilitator with AbandOfBrothers, supporting young men in making positive adult changes in their lives. He is also a mentor and support worker with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
Neal believes all men want a good life, but not all have learned to make the right choices.

Sussex Pathways board of trustees

The Board of Trustees has nine members. Trustees are recruited to fulfill 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.