The Tempus Novo Team
STEVE FREER - CEO AND FOUNDER

Steve has worked in the criminal justice system since 1986. Starting at HMP Wormwood Scrubs he worked with some of the most notorious criminals in the UK. Since then he has managed a wide range of projects in prisons in the North of England. More recently he worked as Business Development Manager at HMP Leeds and it was during this time he developed a successful model for rehabilitating ex-offenders based on employment. Keen to do more Steve decided to set up Tempus Novo.

VAL WAWROSZ - MANAGING DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER

Val has been working in the criminal justice system since 1988, starting his career working at HMYOI Huntercombe with young Offenders. He has worked with every type of prisoner from remands to those serving a life sentence. Val`s passion for the rehabilitation of offenders contributed to the creation of Tempus Novo.

PAUL MORTON - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Paul has worked in different areas of rehabilitation, including several years in housing support. He joined the team in January 2017, bringing with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and importantly a passion to change lives.

LAUREN TEALE – SENIOR CASEWORKER

Lauren joined the Tempus Novo team in 2017 initially working part-time whilst studying. Now a full-time member of staff, Lauren manages the caseload for West Yorkshire as Senior Caseworker alongside studying for an MSc in Forensic Psychology. Part of Lauren’s role sees individuals right through from the first appointment, to supporting them within employment. More recently, Lauren has qualified with a L2 Mental Health First Aid which is invaluable to the team, providing and encouraging a supportive environment for staff and service users alike.

SARA SHEPHERD - OFFICE MANAGER

Sara has been with Tempus Novo since 2017.  As a former lawyer, she has brought an incredible skill set with her which has enabled her role to develop as the charity has grown.  Alongside her role as PA to the Founders, Sara is also the Office Manager.

NEIL DAVIDSON - EMPLOYMENT ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Neil is a former Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Marshalls PLC and a long-time supporter of numerous local charities. Over the years he has raised several hundreds of thousands for the Overgate Hospice in Halifax. Organising many a sportsman’s dinner and using his impressive contact list to pull the crowds in. It is his “giving nature” which resulted in him being bestowed the honour of Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire , something only a handful of people achieve! He joins Tempus Novo at an exciting time and is looking forward to adding his passion and skills to the cause.

MIKE CLARK - FINANCE MANAGER

Mike holds several Board level appointments, alongside his role as advisor at Drink Warehouse UK
Ltd, an award-winning drinks wholesale business. He also co-founded a SAAS business in 2015,
offering on-line sport education in the equestrian field. He is also co-founder of a company that
promotes women in motorsport and advises two charities on financial matters. He recently sold
another business he co-founded in 2016, offering business mentoring to tech start-ups, to the
management team.

His passion is partnering with CEO’s, executives and entrepreneurs helping them understand the
business numbers and providing practical advice on strategy execution and acquisitions. He has seen
the drink wholesale business grow from £4.2m in 2015, when he became involved to £13.5m by the
end of the current financial year in May 2019, a CAGR of 34%.

With many years in a diverse range of business sectors ranging from industrial chemicals to high end
branded goods, he helps simplify the mystique around finance and helps entrepreneurs to manage
their respective businesses more efficiently.

He qualified as an Accountant and holds an MBA in International Finance.

JESS BIRCH - CASE WORKER

Jess recently graduated from Leeds Trinity University after studying for a degree in Sociology. While undertaking her studies, Jess spent some time volunteering within the criminal justice system and it was during her time with Tempus Novo that she felt that rehabilitation was the career for her. She has a passion for helping others and making a positive difference to lives.

ALISHIA WALSH - CASEWORKER

I am excited to be working at Tempus Novo alongside completing my Law with Criminology degree after volunteering for the charity for a period of eight months. I truly believe that employment is a key factor in aiding the rehabilitation of people with offending backgrounds and have personally seen first hand the difference sustainable employment can make to improving a person’s quality of life.

WILL FUSSEY - DIGITAL MARKETING EXECUTIVE

Will joined Tempus Novo bringing with him a broad digital skill set and an enthusiasm to boost Tempus Novo’s digital presence. As a keen team-player, Will has a passion to make a difference and is excited to play an important part in the growth of Tempus Novo.