Yasmin Batliwala

Yasmin Batliwala


Yasmin Batliwala became President of HACRO several years ago, having been its Chair for many years: she knows HACRO  well. Passionate about promoting the benefits of rehabilitation or ex-offenders, she has always maintained the belief that constructive change is possible, and she has always acted in accordance with this view.

Yasmin is the Chair of WDP – a major charity providing support to people experiencing problems with their drug and alcohol use. In addition, Yasmin is the CEO of Advocates for International Development (A4ID), a global non-profit organisation, that believes the law can and should be used more effectively to eradicate poverty. A4ID sources lawyers to provide legal advice and assistance, pro bono, to support organisations working in international development.

Valerie Beale JP

Valerie Beale JP

Executive Chair

Executive Chair. Valerie Beale – started in social work then in a range of public sector roles including manager of a research centre at Brunel University, a policy manager at Hertfordshire County Council, a board member of Hertfordshire Probation Trust, a Tutor on the Open University’s MBA course and public sector consultancy. She has been a magistrate for 22 years, was Deputy Chairman of the Bench for 6 years and Deputy Chairman of the Hertfordshire Family Panel for 4 years.

Vice Presidents

Danny Bonwitt BEM,

Gill Gray JP, Lindsey McLeod,

Penny Williams JP DL, Anne Wyburd MBE

JP, Neil Ashley.


Advisers to the Board

Peter Sweetman JP – IT

Eva Rodriguez – HMP The Mount

Jim Bridger – HMP The Mount


Paul Harte – General Manager

Louise Bandle – Administration/Interim Visitor Centre Manager at HMP The Mount and Interim Volunteer Coordinator.

Sara Johnson and Jo Perschky – WorkAbility. 

Hossam Salem, Pascale Briancon, Maxine Frith, Helen Sweeney, Katie Azatyan, Laura Price and Sandra Cooper  – Visitor Centre

Tony Franklin, Karina Griffiths, Claire Neate, Emma Hooper and Steve Weekes – BBO/STRIVE Programme

John Hughes – Volunteer Professional Programmes Manager

Joanna Emerson – Caring Dads Programme Coordinator