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TDI has a small core team encompassing experience in social work, child protection, criminal justice, health, psychology, housing and research.

In addition we also have experience of housing, police, health, leadership development, conflict resolution, partnership working, facilitation and project management.


Deborah Jenkins, MBE. Chief Executive

Deborah is particularly interested in the development of partnerships to address complex problems.  Over the last thirty years she has held leadership positions in organisations ranging from tiny third sector projects to major healthcare providers and provided consultancy to many companies in the UK and abroad.  She was a founder of Common Purpose and a Non Executive Director and Chair in the NHS for 24 years. In addition to her role at TDI and running her own consultancy, Kindling Ltd, she currently chairs two companies set up to deliver children’s services:  Together for Children in Sunderland, and Brighter Futures for Children in Reading; is Chair of NCFE, the UK’s third biggest qualifications awarding body; and chairs the Northern Neonatal Clinical Network.  She has recently become a trustee of the North of England Civic Trust.


Beverley Gray MSc. Manager

Beverley joined TDI in the summer of 2017 from Sage Gateshead where she was Head of Operations for Learning & Participation.  An experienced people and project manager she also has a psychology background and is interested in change management and positive psychology in the workplace.  She is also a school governor where she holds responsibility for safeguarding.


Dr Matt Jenkins. Research Co-ordinator and Office Administrator

Matt joined TDI in the summer of 2015 on the completion of his PhD at the University of Newcastle where he looked at the creation of official statistics. He still teaches statistical methods to undergraduates in the Geography department on a part-time basis. Prior to this period of conducting and disseminating primary research, he worked for several years in publishing with Wiley-Blackwell in Oxford.


Brian Herron, Senior Consultant and Trainer 

Consultant Brian has 32 years experience previously serving as a police officer and was responsible for setting up and managing Leisurewatch in Northern Ireland since 2006. His background involved management of sex offenders and in the last decade specialised in the education of adults and children in this area. Brian is a graduate of both Stranmillis University and University of Ulster. He has been rewarded with a community service award and a certificate of recognition in public protection.


David Gardiner BA, MSC, CQSW. Senior Consultant and Trainer

Consultant Dave was formerly the Director of the Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (previously Northumbria Probation Trust). He was responsible for setting up the local multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) in Northumbria, jointly with Police colleagues and chaired the MAPPA Strategic Management Board in its first six years of operation. Dave was an adviser to the board of TDI for many years before becoming an Associate in 2016. He is an experienced trainer and consultant on topics such as criminal justice, commissioning, drugs and alcohol, homelessness and dealing with violence.


Anita Dixon, Chartered MCIPD, BA (Hon), MA, MSET, QTLS. Associate

Chartered Member of CIPD (MCIPD) with over 20 years’ experience of working in HR in both the private and public sector, including probation, the arts and the care industry, including roles such as Head of HR and HR Business Partner. Also a qualified lecturer (MSET), with QTLS status and over 8 years' teaching experience, currently working as a CIPD Programme Lead at Sunderland College.  Anita has a passion for fairness and equality.


Lin Green. Associate

Lin is an experienced coordinator and manager who has worked for a number of organisations across the North East in both the private and charitable sectors including The Industrial Society (The Work Foundation), Common Purpose and Inbiz Ltd.