Meet the Team
Maggie Walsh MBE – CEO
With over 30 years’ experience as an employment specialist for DWP including 4 years working across DWP and MOJ piloting an American recruitment model ‘The Job Developer’ , Maggie spent a further year working under the Mayor’s office identifying training and employment opportunities on the Olympic Park and Athletes Village for NEETS and ex-offenders. Rather than return to mainstream management Maggie decided to follow her heart and set up a company where she could use her talents to really make a difference to those furthest from the labour market, with a real focus on reformed ex-offenders.
Maggie received an MBE in 2015 for Services to Offender Employment
Neville Cavendish – Non Executive Board Member
Neville has been supporting A Fairer Chance as an Advisor since inception in 2011, and joined our Board as a Non-executive Director in 2018. The model we operate was partly based on a prison-to-employment project in the USA that Neville worked on across 15 US cities. He transferred some elements of the programme to the UK as a pilot initiative in 2007 which subsequently led to A Fairer Chance being established.
Neville is a career civil servant with more than 20 years experience doing work predominantly focussed around welfare to work, employment support, prison engagement, policy and strategy, business transformation and operations delivery. Currently at DEFRA, Neville has previously worked in DWP, Greater London Authority and the Cabinet Office and led major collaborative initiatives with the Home office and Ministry of Justice focussed on supporting employment and skills development for people in or leaving prison.
Neville specifically supports us by leading on our strategy and policy development, and brings a range of public and non-profit sector experience to do this.
Rozie Skinner-Matey – Business Development Manager
Rozie has over 10 years’ experience influencing national employers to join A Fairer Chance’s mission of helping people most disadvantaged in the labour market into sustainable employment. She personally manages programmes for a number of employers including Transport for London and Sainsbury’s and has delivered contracts for JCP/DWP, ESF, NOMS and local authorities.
Rozie works within the community, prisons, JCPs, probation offices, youth centres and hostels. She has been headhunted for a number part-time secondments including Construction Skills Coordinator for Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, managing the Section 106 of the North London build and the Job Broker for Build Enfield
Rozie was shortlisted as a ‘Woman of Influence’ in 2016.
Gloria Gaspard – Non Executive Board Member
Gloria joined the board in 2021 is the Skills and Employment Delivery Manager at Transport for London but first met A Fairer Chance in 2013 when she was working at the London Transport Museum and partnered with A Fairer Chance on a number of employment programmes for young people with unspent convictions.
Len Cheston – Chair of the Non Executive Board
Len is a qualified probation officer and the former senior contract manager for the National Offender Management Service in London and South East England. He managed the Probation Trust and Community Rehabilitation Company contracts in this region. He was the lead contract manager for the Serco Community Payback contract in London. He is a qualified leadership coach and mentor.
Kevin Davies – Non Executive Board Member
Kevin is currently Head of Resourcing for a large restaurant chain and has over 10 years recruitment experience in retail and hospitality.
Whilst at Sainsbury’s, Kevin created and set up the You Can program that helps people find work after a period of unemployment. This program to date has helped over 26,000 disadvantaged people into the workplace, and the program goes from strength to strength. It was during the creation of this program when Kevin first met Maggie Walsh, and a passion grew for doing right by offenders and giving them the break they need.
A Fairer Chance employs people with the relevant skills, qualifications and commitment who have first-hand experience of the criminal justice system.
We also have a number of associates across London, who specialise in mentoring and supporting our beneficiaries, who we work closely with. These associates provide continuous support for our beneficiaries even after they have moved into employment.