Our Trustees

If our frontline volunteers are the hands and feet of the charity, then our trustees are the brains.Their role is to make the strategic and financial decisions and ensure we are operating within the law, especially with regard to safety and ethics. The trustees meet at least once every three months or more frequently if they can.

We are currently strengthening our recruitment process for being a trustee. It will include application forms and interviews, reference requests and DBS checks and an induction.  We will approach people regarding the possibility of them becoming a charity trustee, based on their experience and knowledge of the courts system and of the work that we carry out. We have a wide range of trustee roles with different responsibilities including ex-service users.

Welcome to our Board of Trustees:

Chair: Tim Auburn

Tim has recently retired from the University of Plymouth. He has been closely associated with us for some years and involved in research to evaluate the benefits of the service we provide.

Treasurer: Pat Walker

Pat is a retired Justice of the Peace from Cornwall. In addition to her criminal justice work she has extensive business experience in the hospitality industry.

Trustee: Darren Stoneman

Darren brings a wealth of experience gained from his roles within the Plymouth City Council where he supports a number of partnerships aimed at delivering a safer city. Darren is a trained Restorative Justice Practitioner and also lectures of the impact of CCTV on crime for local colleges and Marjon University.

Trustee: Dan Gilling

Dan is an academic working at the University of Plymouth. He was Head of the School of Law, Criminology and Government from 2012 to 2020, and has expertise in criminology and social policy, with a particular focus on local responses to crime and associated social harms. He was part of a team that evaluated the operation of the community justice court at Plymouth in the early 2010s.

Trustee: Judy Hultgren

Judy spent ten years working in London in the Computer Services Industry, including a period in Financial Services, and after that gained accreditation in Quality Assurance – working to the ISO 9001 standard.  Taking a career change she moved to Cornwall, became a Justice of the Peace and set up a Garden Design Business.  She is still a serving JP.

Trustee : Mary Anne McFarlane

Mary Anne was Chief Probation Officer for Devon & Cornwall until she retired from the service. She now works in private consultancy, advising on criminal justice matters around the world as well as in the UK.

Associate Trustee: Peter Edwards

Peter was closely involved in the establishment of our service while he was the Magistrates’ court manager at Plymouth between 2003 and 2007. He has maintained involvement since he retired from this role, as a CASS+ volunteer providing management advice and IT support.