Board of Trustees
Chair – Rev. David Paton-Williams
David is the vicar of St Edmund's Church in Roundhay, Leeds, and has worked in a number of parishes and chaplaincies in the north of England. He believes that faith should be integrated with the issues of modern society, and that faith communities have an important role to play in developing inclusive and supportive communities."
Canon Jane Clay MBE – Board Member
Co-ordinating Chaplain HMP New Hall. Regional Chaplain HMPS Yorkshire and Humberside. Jane has worked in the prison service for nearly twenty years; firstly as a sessional chaplain for a day a week in HMP Wakefield and now as a full time chaplain in HMP New Hall, female prison. ‘During the time I have worked at New Hall I have seen many women return to prison because of lack of support on their release and am convinced that the therapeutic holistic care that can be provided by a good Chaplaincy team (as part of a wider caring team in prison) is a good model for supporting ex prisoners in the community.
Rev. Paul Allen – Board Member
Paul was ordained as a Baptist Minister in 1982 having ministered in a number of different contexts. Paul has always been committed to ecumenism having actually worked in Local Ecumenical Partnerships for more years than in Baptist Churches. Much of his early experience of chaplaincy was in Industrial Mission working with Worcestershire Industrial Mission and with Leeds Industrial Mission. Paul began working at HMP Leeds in 2002 as a sessional Chaplain, later becoming Free Church Chaplain and then Co-ordinating Chaplain. He is an accredited BACP Counsellor and work in the prison includes a small counselling caseload.
Simon Phillips – Board Member
Dr Simon Phillips is Community Engagement Officer at West Yorkshire Police. He firmly believes in the vision of Integrated Offender Management in promoting the rehabilitation and resettlement of offenders, and the role that faith communities can play in re-integrating offenders back into society. He is also actively involved in interfaith activity, being the Acting Chair of Concord Interfaith Fellowship, as well as several organisations within the Jewish community.
Steve Williamson – Board Member
Imam Yunus Miah – Board Member
Imam Yunus Miah became an Imam in 2003. From this point on he has worked in various different capacities with young people before becoming a chaplain in the prison service. He is now the Muslim chaplain at HMPYOI Wetherby. Over the years he feels that his specialism has evolved in working with young people in a faith capacity. He is keen to see young people established well back into the community.