Meet The Team
The Longford Trust team brings a wealth of experience to the charity’s work.
Chris is a current Longford Scholar, studying law at Edinburgh University. A former teacher and prison council leader with a passion for education, he has won a Koestler and National Flash Fiction Day award for his writing, and also volunteers as a researcher at the charity 3DC on a variety of human rights projects.
Mentoring Manager/Development Manager
Veena has two roles at the trust. She joined in March 2023 and runs our mentoring programme. And as Development Manager she builds links between the trust and prisons, prison education team and providers, prison learners, the probation service and partner charities in the criminal justice system. She also oversees our communications strategy. A former community worker, where she worked with prisoners, a trainer consultant and business coach, and a BBC news broadcast journalist, Veena brings a wealth of experience to both posts.
Rachel Billington OBE
Rachel is a distinguished writer and associate editor of Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners. Her first novel, All Things Nice, was published in 1968. She was a reforming President of English PEN from 1998 to 2001 and is now an Honorary Vice-President of the writers’ organisation. She is the third of Lord Longford’s four daughters.
Tom is an eco-entrepreneur and investor. He was the founder and director of Green Tomato Cars and currently works in the clean energy sector. He serves and has served on a number of company boards and advisory groups. Tom is a qualified solicitor and has been a trustee of the Longford Trust since 2003. Read about Tom’s vision for the Longford Trust.
John is an author and freelance criminal justice consultant. He was for many years a prison governor. He has worked in Europe, USA, Australia and Mauritius and his most recent international work has been on behalf of Penal Reform International evaluating prison projects in Kazakhstan and training trainers in human rights and prison management in India and for Commonwealth countries across Africa.
CJ is national manager of the educational and preventative SOS+ Service at St Giles, an award-winning social justice charity, that uses expertise and real-life past experiences to empower people held back by multiple and complex disadvantages to build better futures for themselves. CJ, a former Longford Scholar, has a Bachelor of Laws degree and is also a trustee of the Criminal Justice Alliance. Passionate about education, and second chances, CJ delivered the first TedX talk in a prison, about the importance of employment to rehabilitation.
Imran is project coordinator for The Hepatitis C Trust in London. Passionate about the social rehabilitation of prisoners and working at the grassroots level to fight causes of crime, he is a former Longford Trust scholar who has appeared on various local/national media outlets to discuss the issues facing marginalised communities. He is a champion of second chances and a fairer society.