Tempus Novo


Meet the Tempus Novo Ambassadors

Andy Mcnab – SAS Commander

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.

Isabel Oakeshott – Political Journalist and Broadcaster

Isabel Oakeshott is a writer, broadcaster and public speaker. A panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics show, she is also a regular guest on BBC1’s Question Time and Radio 4’s Any Questions. Until 2014, she was Political Editor of the Sunday Times.She left to co-write an unauthorised biography of Prime Minister David Cameron with Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC. The book attracted global publicity. She went on to become Political Editor At Large on the Daily Mail and is now writing a book on the state of the British Armed Forces, also with Lord Ashcroft. Isabel lives in London and Oxfordshire with her three young children.

Darren Hamer – Co-owner HB Projects

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 Hudson – CEO Hub MDP Marketing

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!”

Diane Banks – Founder & CEO, Northbank Talent Management

Diane is Founder & Chief Executive of Northbank Talent Management which she launched in 2018 following a twenty year career in book publishing. She serves as a non-executive director of the independent think tank Bright Blue and sits on the development board of the Ovalhouse Theatre, an arts based social enterprise in south London. She is a business supporter of Women2Win, which aims to increase the number of Conservative women in Parliament and in public life, and is a member of the Conservative Party Business & Entrepreneurs’ Forum.

David Hass – Head of Political Engagement, UK & Europe, HSBC Holdings plc

David is Head of Political Engagement for the UK and Europe at HSBC. He began his career as a newsreader in independent local radio in the late 1990s. After a stint on News Direct, the sister station to LBC, David was recruited by the BBC to produce programmes on the rolling TV news channel then known as BBC News 24. In 2001, he moved back to radio as a producer on Radio 4’s World At One and PM programmes. David produced reportage for the BBC around Europe, in Washington, New York, Jerusalem and Gaza but increasingly specialised in creating in-depth political coverage from Westminster. In 2004 David was invited to join Radio 4’s flagship breakfast news show, Today, where he became an Output Editor, in overall charge of the content and production of the three-hour live news programme from London.

An opportunity to move into the political world arose in 2007 when then Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne approached David to become his Press Secretary. After two busy years covering the economic beat, supporting Mr Osborne in shadowing first Gordon Brown and then Alistair Darling during the financial crisis, David was appointed Chief of Staff to Ken Clarke, who became Justice Secretary in the 2010 election. As Ken Clarke’s Special Adviser with responsibility for prisons and sentencing policy, David was instrumental in raising the profile of working prisons, committing the government to backing companies that go into prisons and invest in training and education for  offenders.

David moved into the corporate world in 2014, as Director of UK Communications for the global paint and coatings company, AkzoNobel. Having been introduced to the inspiring work of Tempus Novo while at the MoJ, David was then invited to become an ambassador, an offer he was delighted to accept.

Roma Hooper – Founder and Director of Make Justice work

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.

Sheena Leaf – Social Entrepreneur

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

Stuart Lancaster – Former England Rugby Union Head Coach

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. Stuart is now the senior coach at Leinster Rugby Club, Ireland and adored by the rugby faithful in Dublin.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan – Leeds Rhino’s Rugby Legend

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,[2][3] 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.

Josh Warrington – Professional Boxer

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 and Design Consultant

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.

Nick Hardwick – Professor

Professor Nick Hardwick CBE graduated with an English degree from the University of Hull in 1979.  The first half of his career was in the voluntary sector, first working with young offenders in the community, then leading the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint before moving to run the British Refugee Council. In 2003 he was appointed to establish and run the Independent Police Complaints Commission as its first Executive Chair. He moved from police to prisons in 2010 when he was appointed as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons.   Since his term as Chief Inspector ended in 2016, he has had a part-time role as Professor of Criminal Justice at Royal Holloway, University of London which he has combined with expert consultancy roles on prisons and the prevention of torture in ill-treatment in a variety of jurisdiction and from 2016 – to 2018 chairing the Parole Board for England and Wales. He is chair of New Horizon Youth Centre, Vice Chair of Prisoners Abroad and a trustee of the London Housing Foundation.  He is a patron of Unlock and Zahid Mubarek Trust. He was awarded a CBE in 2010 and has honorary doctorates from the universities of Hull, Leeds-Beckett and Wolverhampton.