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 - PROJECT 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 - CASEWORKER / FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICER

Lauren is working with us part time between her studies at Leeds Trinity University. She is a great addition to the team and is fast becoming an invaluable team member, as she displays a maturity way above her years. Her passion for family support adds another very important dimension to Tempus Novo.

SARA SHEPHERD - OFFICE MANAGER

Sara joins the team on a full time basis after a period volunteering. She brings with her an incredible skillset, and as a former property lawyer is someone we hope to see grow with the charity.

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.

MARTIN BIDDULPH - MARKETING MANAGER

“Working with a truly passionate team that produces “real life” results that, unlike most companies’ advertising ‘promises’, do actually dramatically change lives. This is evident when you meet the Tempus Novo Graduates as their gratitude and pride is real. The employers also get enormous benefits in terms of skill sets, attitude and enthusiasm that the TN Graduates offer having been through the TN programme. Society benefits also both financially and ethically so it’s a WIN WIN WIN situation.”

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 - ADMINISTRATOR

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 part time 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.