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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, which works with high growth mid-corporate businesses to accelerate their development and success by focussing on shareholder and management development and succession. Her experience ranges from funding start up and early stage manufacturing businesses in the North East through to mergers and disposals of international operations. The organisations she is currently engaged with include Port of Tyne, Tyneside Cinema, Orchard Information Systems and Caspian Learning.

Her early career was in private equity, corporate development and headhunting with 3i plc, Courtaulds Textiles and Tyzack. She was Chair of Capital for Enterprise, responsible for over £4bn of government backed debt and equity support to private and family UK businesses and Chair of the CBI’s national Small Business Forum. Lucy is chair of the independent Professional Standards Council, which oversees the asset based finance industry in the UK and also the national Enterprise Research Centre, focused on the study of growth in private and family businesses. She is a former Chair of Northumbria University.

Lucy was educated at Oxford University and holds an MBA and an MSc in forensic psychology and 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 FLE, 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.


Caroline Parnell, Trustee

Caroline Parnell is the founder of Sentry PR, a communications consultancy that specialises in supporting organisations through periods of change.

A journalist by background, she spent 20 years setting up and developing award winning communication and engagement teams in the public sector. She now works with national and regional NHS organisations leading reviews of their communication functions, advising on best practice, and managing major service improvement programmes.

Caroline has won a number of national awards for her work, including NHS Communicator of the Year, but she is most proud of the campaign work she has led to tackle the stigma that is still attached to mental health problems.

A trained mediator and experienced company secretary with a strong governance background, Caroline is also a trustee of The Link, a Teesside based charity that supports young people with mental health problems and their families. She is a former trustee and one of the founders of The Katie Trust, a former North East charity that supported the families of children with cancer and raised money for research into childhood brain cancer.


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 30 years he has gained significant operational and managerial experience in custodial services.

Tim was appointed as Governor of HM Prison Durham in April 2009 and has led the establishment through a number of significant change programmes. In 2018 Tim was appointed as acting Prison Group Director for Tees and Wear Prisons, and was responsible for leading the group for six months prior to taking up his current role as national lead for one of the work streams within the Prison Safety Programme.