Meet Our Three New Trustees

Author: | 20 Jun 2024

One of the joys of the Longford Trust, writes our Director, Peter Stanford, is seeing our award-winners go forward from graduation, the careers they build, and the lives they lead in wider society. So, it is with great pleasure that we are announcing that three recent scholar graduates have joined the Longford Trust’s trustee board.

Each of them brings to the trustee table first-hand experience of the criminal justice system, of  universities, and of the challenges that come when navigating degree-level learning during and after time in prison.   But that is just one part of it.  Because they have all gone on to achieve so much in their professional lives, they will also be sharing with us their particular expertise in the field where they are excelling. That will strengthen the mix of knowledge on the trustee board, and make the Longford Trust ever more effective in its work with our present and future scholars.

Tim Kerr

Tim, 34, is a doctoral student in Psychiatry at King’s College, London, where his research focuses on anxiety disorders. Alongside that he works at the Howard League for Penal Reform, our partner organisation, as Membership Officer. Both roles, he says, “directly arose” from being a Longford Scholar.

“My life is now a far cry from the one I had when I first encountered the trust. Relatively settled, in career and life, I am becoming a trustee in the hope of putting my still recent experiences to good use, to improve processes that I once went through, and prevent mistakes being repeated.”

Kyle McIntosh

Kyle, 27, graduated in mathematics and is a software developer at Arahi, a London-based company specialising in portfolio reporting, board-pack reporting and value creation. Some of you may remember that Kyle came up on stage at our 2022 Longford Lecture to talk about how our employability project had helped him find the perfect job post-graduation.

“With my lived experience and deep appreciation for the Trust’s mission, I hope to bring a unique perspective to the table. I am committed to leveraging my insights to contribute meaningfully to the board of trustees, ensuring that the voices of those with first-hand experience are heard in strategic decision-making processes.”

Elliot Tyler

Elliot, 26, graduated from Portsmouth University supported by one of our Nat Billington scholarships. He has gone on work as a criminal justice professional in an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.  He is also nearing the end of a post-graduate qualification at Birkbeck, University of London.

“I believe that my own journey – as a sentenced prisoner turned civil servant – is an asset that can assist me in making a positive contribution to the charity. It is a privilege to contribute to what I interpret as the Longford Trust’s principles of second chances, shared humanity, and practical solutions.”