Meet the Team
Maggie Walsh – Operations Director
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.
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.
Rozie Skinner-Matey – National Account Manager
Rozie has over seven 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 is currently on a part-time secondment as the Construction Skills Coordinator for Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, managing the Section 106 of the North London build.
Rozie was shortlisted as a ‘Woman of Influence’ in 2016.
Nigel Austen – Non Executive Board Member
Nigel worked in probation for 27 years in a variety of leadership roles including Community Payback, functional skills for offenders and employment and skills strategy.
Latterly he chaired a regional forum of probation, learning providers, prison governors and employers tasked with improving employment outcomes for offenders leaving custody or sentenced in the community.
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.
Current associates include Genevieve McMahon, Aladdin Rahman and Julie Durant.