Trustee Board

Meet the Tempus Novo Trustee Board

George Grant – Chairman

George Grant is a former foreign correspondent, policy analyst and Parliamentary candidate who now manages the estate at Stockeld Park, his family home. As Chairman of the Board, George is ultimately responsible for the sound governance of Tempus Novo as well as representing the charity on behalf of the Trustees.

Whilst working as a journalist, George covered a range of prison-related issues, from mental health in British prisons, to the treatment of men awaiting trial in post-Gaddafi Libya. George is a keen runner, squash player and cyclist, and together with his wife Georgina is an active member of his local church.

Charles Forbes Adam – Trustee

After university Charles worked in Kenya and as a re-insurance broker in the London market before returning home to manage the family estate at Escrick Park, near York. During his tenure, the estate has diversified considerably and now includes commercial lettings, a 220 pitch holiday park, wedding venues and a cross-country riding course.

Passionate about reducing reoffending, over eight years ago Charles started and chairs for a fundraising committee for a residential rehabilitation centre in Hull run by the Forward Trust, supporting the recovery for addicted ex-offenders.

Since returning home, Charles has been Chairman of the Trustees of Selby Abbey and the Appeal, a governor of Queen Margaret’s School, Chairman of the CLA Yorkshire branch, a Trustee of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and High Sheriff of of North Yorkshire in 2015/16.

Valerie Heywood - Secretary

Val has an extensive criminal justice background having served as a magistrate for 23 years and 20 years as a member of an Independent Monitoring Board which has a watchdog role within prisons.

Her experience includes work in the Youth and Adult crime courts, as Chairman of the Family Proceedings Panel and as a member of the Bench Management Group.

In addition she has been a member of the Management Committee of the Visitors’ Centre at HMP Leeds for many years and is an officer of Bradford Courts Chaplaincy Service whose volunteers assist and support people attending Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.

Gareth Bullen – Trustee

As former director of The Aspire Academy at Northern Gas Networks, Gareth is passionate about intrapreneurship and has used his knowledge and experience to build winning teams at many large businesses.

Gareth has worked as a director at board level and managed multi million pound budgets prior to starting up his new venture The Centre For Enterprise. His ability to instil a positive attitude and innovative thinking in to the culture of a business will support Tempus Novo through the inevitable challenges we will face on our journey.

Henry Pearson - Treasurer

Henry currently works at Deloitte, as a Director in their Debt and Capital Advisory team, where he specialises in helping companies navigate through the process of raising debt finance. Henry started his career in Deloitte’s audit practice, gaining experience across a range of businesses as well as qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

After being introduced to Tempus Novo, Henry was struck by the large impact small changes can make on the lives of ex-offenders and their families.

Outside of work, Henry is a keen cyclist and enjoys spending time out in the countryside with his wife and children.