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About us

our vision and mission

Our vision and mission.

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

Our mission is 'to work with society to enable people who have served sentences to turn around their futures'.

our values

Our Values.

WE NURTURE HOPE

Each of us is more than our pasts.  We use our past experiences to strengthen, and not to limit, our futures.

WE CREATE OPPORTUNITY

We enable, encourage and support each other to pursue new futures.

WE ALL PLAY OUR PART

Everyone works as part of the team, growing as individuals and helping to create more opportunities for others.

WE RESPECT EACH OTHER

We all have strengths and a positive contribution to make, so whatever our backgrounds, we work together to achieve our goals.

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.

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.

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 Robin McKee, Michael Porter and Valerie Stewart.

Tim Edgar

Our Big Loop Bikes team, led by manager Tim Edgar.

Allen and Overy Volunteers

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

Our board.

OUR BOARD

NIALL CASEY

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

EAMONN DONAGHY

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

SARA DONNELLY-CLEGG

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

GRAHAM FERGUS

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

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 current 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:

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Allen & Overy logo
Halifax Foundation logo
Rank Foundation logo
Housing Executive logo
AB Charitable Trust logo
National Lottery Community Fund logo
Belfast Harbour logo
Triangle Trust 1949 Fund logo

Policies

Safeguarding

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Complaints

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Equality & Diversity

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