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The trustee body draws on expertise from the fields of probation, police, voluntary sector management, the private sector and health.

Lucy Armstrong, Chair

Lucy is Chief Executive of the Alchemists, a business providing entrepreneurial lead advice and coaching to fast growing businesses. Her early career was spent in venture capital with 3i plc, international corporate mergers and acquisitions with Courtaulds Textiles and a period in the executive search industry with Tyzacks. She is a governor of Northumbria University, involved in assisting Newcastle University in their hi-tech spin-out companies and is a member of the North East Industrial Development Board, supporting growing businesses in the North East. Until recently Lucy was Chair of a trans-Atlantic leadership and networking organisation, the British American Project. Lucy is engaged in Anglo-US relations across the political, economic and arts spectra. Lucy was educated at Oxford, holds an MBA and is studying criminology.


Sue Winfield LLB, OBE, Trustee

Sue's main career was in the Probation Service, retiring after 32 years when in the role of Deputy Chief Officer for the Northumbria area. During this time she was involved at national level chairing a number of committees developing the work of probation in the criminal courts. Sue was one of the founder members of TDI, following the recognition after the Cleveland Enquiry that there was a need for an improved inter-agency approach to working with sexual offenders. In addition to being a trustee of TDI she is also trustee and currently chair of Helix Arts, a local registered charity developing projects which explores the role and potential of the arts in a social context.


Mike Brown, Trustee

Mike is a chartered accountant.  Following Company Secretary and Finance Director roles in engineering and steel founding companies he became an original partner in Ryecroft Glenton, specialising in fostering the growth of companies involved in emergent technologies.  Throughout his career he has supported many charities of all sizes and was awarded the Silver Acorn by the Scout movement.  He continues his commitment as a consultant, mentor and director to a number of organisations pursuing progress and addressing social challenges.


Tim Allen, Advisory Board Member

Tim Allen began his career in the Prison Service in 1988, joining as an officer at HM Prison Norwich. He has worked in a number of establishments, including HM Prison Moorland, Hull, Lincoln and Lindholme. Over the past 28 years he has gained significant operational and managerial experience across all the main functions of a local prison, including Residential Governor, Lifer Governor, Head of Operations and Head of Residence. 

In 2003, he moved to Headquarters where he worked for 3 years as Performance Manager for the Yorkshire & Humberside Area, before returning to operational management roles in 2006. In July 2007 he gained further promotion to Deputy Governor of HMP Durham.

Tim was appointed as Governor of HM Prison Durham in April 2009 and has led the establishment through a number of significant change programmes and is currently leading the prison through the latest set of prison reform.