Tempus Novo

The Tempus Novo Team



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


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 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 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


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


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."

Tracy Walker

Case Worker

"I am an enthusiastic individual who has worked within the prison system for nearly 8 years, both as a prison officer and in the private sector. I am delighted to join Tempus Novo and be part of the team that helps change lives."

Jess Birch


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.