Meet the Tempus Novo Ambassadors …
“After growing up on the notorious Wyther Park Council Estate in Leeds where I lived with no electricity for 3 years, and leaving school early without any qualifications I would never have dreamt that I would eventually win the title of “I Own Britain’s Best Home” and have the opportunity to give away thousands of pounds of my own money as I did on “The Secret Millionaire”. I hope I can be an inspiration to anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit. I’m living proof you don’t have to be held back by your roots.”
— Terry George
Trained as a broadcast journalist by the BBC, I was a producer on rolling TV news network, BBC News 24, before joining BBC Radio Four to produce the lunchtime news programme, the World At One and flagship breakfast show, Today. I travelled extensively with the BBC, producing reports from Europe, North America and the Middle East, including interviews with key newsmakers including Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.
After two years on Today, I moved into politics, taking up a post as Press Secretary to George Osborne, then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. I was his spokesman during the financial crisis of 2007-8.
In 2009, I was asked to head up former Chancellor Ken Clarke’s team when Mr Clarke returned to the front bench, as Shadow Business Secretary. I was Mr Clarke’s Chief of Staff until the 2010 election, when the Mr Clarke was appointed to the post of Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary and I moved with him to the Ministry of Justice as his Special Adviser. My brief at the MoJ included advising the Secretary of State on media handling and crisis communications in criminal and civil justice issues, including prisons policy. I spearheaded the Working Prisons initiative within Government and beyond.
When Mr Clarke moved from the MoJ in August 2012, I left his office and took up the position of Director of Communications in the press reform campaign, Hacked Off. Hacked Off represents victims of phone hacking and other forms of press intrusion and is credited with helping to get the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press established; advising on its terms of reference; and playing an integral role in getting the Royal Charter for press self-regulation approved by Parliament.
In December 2013, I made the move into industry to head up UK Comms for the multinational paint, coatings and speciality chemicals company, AkzoNobel, working for the company from its offices in London and for six months at the global headquarters in Amsterdam.
Roma has worked in and around the criminal justice system since 1992, when she was asked to help set up Britain’s first prison radio station at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution.
She has a Masters in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics, is Chair and Founder of the Prison Radio Association, chair of Spark Inside (providing professional life coaching for young offenders) and chair of Women’s Breakout (an umbrella organisation supporting women’s centres). She is also a trustee of the Comedy School.
In 2009 she launched Make Justice Work, a 3 year campaign to highlight the cost of short-term prison sentences and to improve public confidence in community sentences.
Diane Banks Associates is a literary and talent agency based in central London representing commercial fiction and personality-led, media or current affairs based non-fiction in the UK, US and foreign language markets. The agency offers its clients first class representation for film and TV rights, has direct relationships with the press and broadcast media and actively sources speaking engagements and corporate work for clients who are interested in expanding their brand in this way. Diane founded Diane Banks Associates in 2006 following 10 years in London’s trade publishing houses including Penguin and Hodder & Stoughton.
In addition, Diane serves as a non-executive director of Bright Blue, an independent think tank and pressure group for liberal Conservatism, and as a development board member at the Ovalhouse Theatre, an arts based social enterprise in south London. She served for 8 years as a director of the Lansdowne Club, a private members’ club in Mayfair. She is a business supporter of Women2Win, founded in 2005 by Theresa May and Baroness Jenkin with the aim of increasing the number of female Conservative MPs, and was a founder of the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network.
Founder at Mind The Gap UK
South West, United Kingdom
I work with social entrepreneurs to start/develop their businesses, with a range of approaches that empower them to find their own solution.
Carried out Research Into International Prison Reform: Utilising prisoners’ entrepreneurship - reducing re-offending; creating legitimate businesses and jobs.
Countries visited Norway, U.S.A.
Partnership: Prison Reform & Sheena Leaf
•Dr Bill Davies is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. His research areas include the sociology of imprisonment, the experiences of short sentenced prisoners, the resettlement and reintegration of offenders, the sociology of tattooing and body modification, and research methodologies. Bill has contributed a chapter to the Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography (2015). Bill is the co-founder and co-leader of the Leeds Beckett University Prison Research Network (PRisoN).
Stuart started his professional career as a teacher in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. He had studied at the former Leeds Carnegie College and played rugby for Headingley (now Leeds Carnegie) and he went on to be their first player to reach 100 games. With 5 outstanding years as the Leeds Academy manager, Stuart produced some of Englands best young talent during this period, including Danny Care, Luther Burrell and Jordan Crane to name a few. He then went on to manage the England Elite Players Programme, England Saxons and ultimately Englands First Team.
Jamie Jones-Buchanan (born 1 August 1981) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays for Leeds of Super League. An England and Great Britain international representative second-rower, he has played his entire professional career to date with Leeds and has won six Super League championships, three World Club Challenges, three League Leaders Shields and one Challenge Cup Final with the club. Jamie is passionate about supporting his local community and is demonstrating this further by joining our board of ambassadors.
Andy was found in a Harrods carrier bag on the steps of Guy’s hospital and he has lived an extraordinary life ever since. He spent his teenage years kicking against the system and spent time in Borstal, although it was there that he came across the career to define the rest of his life, the army. He knew he was different to most and so joined 22 SAS. During the first Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, ‘will remain in regimental history for ever’. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his career, Mcnab was the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993. BOOKS Andy McNab has written about his experiences in the SAS in three bestselling books. Bravo Two Zero is the highest selling war book of all time and has sold over 10 million copies in the UK alone. It has been published in 17 countries and translated into 16 languages. Immediate Action, McNab’s autobiography, spent 18 weeks at the top of the bestseller lists. Seven Troop was a Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller in hardback and paperback. McNab is involved in a number of film projects on both sides of the Atlantic. He has worked as an advisor on a number of Hollywood films including Heat, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbour, The Expendables and The Transporter series.
Back in 1994 after moving to Leeds from a small town in South Wales, Darren found himself on the wrong side of the law. Admitting that he had made a mistake, Darren was sentenced to time in prison.
Whist serving his sentence, Darren used his time wisely by studying hard and gaining several qualifications. Prior to his release he was approached by his current business partner, and together they set up HB projects, a design and build Construction Company. Over the years this has grown substantially and now has over 200 employees.
He is married with two young children and has a very stable and loving home life.
Since his release he has always wanted to find a way to help ex-offenders, understanding first hand just how easy it is to make a mistake, and how life changing that can be. The opportunity to do this arose after attending an event and hearing about Tempus Novo. Darren made contact with Steve and Val, and is now passionate about moving the charity forward.
HB Projects employed their first ex-offender in January 2017 and Darren’s experience and success as a businessman are now driving Tempus Novo forward as the leading organisation in the UK, helping ex-offenders into sustainable employment,
Darren chose the right path and turned his life around, now being committed to changing attitudes and helping others do the same. His journey gives hope to an otherwise forgotten segment of the community, who, through Tempus Novo have proved to be useful, loyal and hard working members of society.
Chris is a local businessman who is passionate about helping those less fortunate than himself. Although he now runs a successful marketing company employing 40 staff and with a t/o of £12M it hasn’t always been good for Chris. Twelve years ago he found himself battling drink and drugs and lost a thriving business, and most of his family relationships. Chris fortunately found a way back in to society and now wants to use his own journey to help some of our graduates to succeed in life. He has now mended his relationships with his family, in particular with his 17 year old daughter. Has remarried and has two boys aged 7 and 8. In Chris’ own words “My Life is beyond my wildest dreams now!”
Josh Warrington is a British professional boxer from Leeds, England. He is the current WBC International champion, having held the title from April 2015 to present. He has previously held the European, British, and Commonwealth and English featherweight titles. Josh supports many local causes and is also an ambassador to Leeds Rhino’s Rugby and Leeds United Football Club.
Claire Grindey Fine Art & Design Consultancy was founded by Claire Grindey with an excellent knowledge of the art market gained over 20 years as an independent consultant and with Sotheby’s. Claire is currently on the Board for RICS Art and Antiques, advising on art market issues. As an art consultant, Claire has advised on the acquisition of works of art, adhering to the RICS professional standards. She has researched and catalogued works of art and lectured for Sotheby’s Institute Contemporary Design MA. She has commissioned works of art and brings a unique understanding of the history of cultural diplomatic gifts through her knowledge of English silver, gained as a specialist at Sotheby’s. Claire has also worked in Sweden, France, Italy and the Netherlands. She has gained a good grasp of their respective languages and cultures. In 2015, she partnered with Syria Relief to launch an education and skills social enterprise, promoting cultural heritage and identity, and transferable making skills.