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About us

our vision and goals

Our vision and values.

Our vision is to see an inclusive community where everyone has hope and opportunity.

All of our work is aimed at achieving two goals:

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To help people who are serving sentences, in prison or in the community, to turn around their futures.

2

To turn around the wider community, encouraging others to support people on their journey.

our values

Our Values

01. WE CREATE OPPORTUNITY

Each of us has opportunities to learn, grow and play a part in our community.  We work to enable, encourage and support each other by creating opportunities to build new futures.

02. WE NURTURE HOPE

Each of us is more than our pasts.  We use our past experiences to guide us and strengthen us, but we don’t allow them to define us or limit our futures.

03. WE RESPECT EACH OTHER

Each of us should be treated with respect and dignity.  Whatever our backgrounds, we value each other, respect differences, and work together to achieve our goals.

04. WE ARE
COMMITTED TO INCLUSION

Each of us has strengths and has a positive contribution to make within our community. We all learn from each other and use our experiences to improve our own and other people’s futures.

OUR STRATEGIC PLAN

Our strategic plan.

Our Strategic Plan sets out the Outcomes and Objectives we will work to achieve over the next few years.  But while we are clear about where we are going, we will be flexible about how we get there.  We are open to exploring new ideas and approaches, and in particular to learning from people with lived experience of spending time in, and transitioning out of, the justice system.

We want Turnaround to be an organisation that works with people rather than for them.  Rather than delivering pre-prepared solutions, we want to involve people in the creation and development of new approaches. 

So, while our Strategic Plan sets out the broad framework within which we will work, it is also an invitation to work with us to redefine the boundaries between the justice system and the wider community.

Whatever you think you might be able to bring to the Turnaround Project – your ideas, experience, skills or enthusiasm – we invite you to join us as we work together to help turn futures around.  

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OUR TEAM

Our team.

Anne Gilmore

Anne Gilmore is our Coach. 

Anne has 40 years experience working in the Health Service, and 8 years voluntary experience in Storehouse in Belfast, a charity which exists to encourage dignity and significance in those living in poverty.

Richard Good

Richard Good is our Director.  Richard brings senior strategic management skills developed across a range of organisations, and six years’ experience as Special Advisor to the Minister of Justice during a period of significant reform of Northern Ireland’s Prison Service.

Emma Green

Emma Green is our Management Assistant. 

Emma uses a background in administrative roles in the development and implementation of systems and processes to ensure our central operations run smoothly.

Lauren Kendall

Lauren Kendall is our Head of People and Operations. 

Lauren uses experience gained through an extensive career in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to manage our core operations and our enterprises.

Michael McCusker

Michael McCusker is our Engagement & Participation Manager.

Michael brings lived, learned and practice experience of the justice system to engage and involve people in building the Turnaround movement and supporting people on their journeys.

Tara O'Hara

Tara O'Hara is our Business Development Lead. 

Tara brings experience gained as a Business Advisor for Emmaus UK's network of 29 community-based social enterprises, where she developed her skills in start-up funding, finance and organisational development.

Catherine Shaw

Catherine Shaw is our Stakeholder Engagement Lead.

Catherine brings her experience of advocacy in the criminal justice system to promote the Turnaround mission and vision to a wide range of stakeholders. 

Valerie Stewart

Our Outwork Crews, led by supervisors , Aaron Anderson, Valerie Stewart and Seamus Mullan

Tim Edgar
Steven Rainey

Our Big Loop Bikes team, led by manager Tim Edgar and mechanic Steven Rainey.

Allen and Overy Volunteers

Our staff team is strengthened by short term and long term volunteers.

Our board.

OUR BOARD
Seamus Mullan

NIALL CASEY

Director of Skills and Strategy Solutions at Invest NI, with a background in the private sector.

SARA DONNELLY-CLEGG

A Solicitor who works for the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service

MOIRA DOHERTY

Deputy Secretary in the Department for Economy with responsibility for the Skills and Education Group.

GRAHAM FERGUS

A regional Facilities Manager for a large construction company, Graham is passionate about people and lean methodologies. 

EAMONN DONAGHY

An experienced tax consultant who enjoys working with people who are passionate about their business, with experience of charity and schools governance.

ANDREW HAMILTON CBE

Our Board Treasurer, Andrew has an extensive background in Northern Ireland’s public sector, latterly as Deputy Secretary in the Department for Communities.

NEIL MCCARTAN

RACHEL O'BRIEN

MARGARET TOPPING

An experienced architect in a prize-winning practice, who has led on a wide range of projects in the public, private and third sectors

A consultant specialising in prisons, Director of the RSA’s Transitions Project with 30 years of experience working with charities, think tanks and government, with particular expertise around prison policy.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation at Queen's University Belfast.

OUR PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

Our funders.

The Turnaround Project has been developed through partnership and engagement with a wide range of organisations and generous financial or pro-bono support from others.  Our current funders include:

Housing Executive logo
Rank Foundation logo
Allen & Overy logo
National Lottery Community Fund logo
Community Foundation logo
Belfast Harbour logo
Tudor Trust logo
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust logo
Halifax Foundation logo
AB Charitable Trust logo
Ulster Garden Villages logo
Triangle Trust 1949 Fund logo
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