Hibiscus Initiatives’ board of trustees are a diverse group, reflecting the diversity inherent in the world their work is shaping. They are thought leaders who have significantly influenced thinking and action in the social justice and immigration movements. They bring expertise, resources, and vision to their work – along with track records as catalysts of change.
Rachel Youngman | Chair
Rachel has both national and international experience across a range of sectors both at CEO and Board level. Her work has involved developing relationships and working on achieving policy change with senior stakeholders including those from the UN, EC, national governments and regulatory bodies. In her former role as Deputy Executive Director of an international legal organisation she was responsible for the commercial law programme. She has experience with the Prisoners Education Trust as the Interim CEO developing new ways of working as a team including for government policy on prison education. Throughout her career, she has volunteered for a number of different projects, ranging from teaching English to young refugees from Vietnam.
Liz Hogarth OBE | Trustee
From the mid-1970s to 1992, Liz worked as a practitioner and manager in both the voluntary sector and London Probation. Liz then worked in HMP Holloway as Head of Probation Team/Throughcare Manager for eight years, moving to strategy work as Head of Treatment Programmes in HMPS Drug Strategy Unit 2000. From 2002, she worked on offender policy in the Home Office and then the Ministry of Justice as Head of the Women’s Policy Team until 2008, then Deputy Head of the Cross-Departmental Women’s Strategy Team that was responsible for the delivery of the Government Response to the Corston Report. She was a member of Baroness Corston’s Reference Group in 2006 and was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to women offenders. Since retiring from the civil service in May 2011, Liz has been working in a voluntary capacity as a Research Assistant to Baroness Corston and as an Advisor to the Corston Independent Funders’ Coalition.
Geraldine McLeod | Trustee
Geraldine has worked in the criminal justice system as a Probation Officer at HMP Holloway for a decade. She started working with Hibiscus Initiatives when it was still FPWP Hibiscus and decided to get more involved as the work and ethos fit in with her values, particularly those regarding women. Geraldine is very passionate about women’s rights and is the single point of contact for women in Tower Hamlets where she gathers and shares varying information for and about women.
Anna Stephens | Trustee
Anne was a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Holloway for 19 years before joining our Board. She also worked as a volunteer for Citizens’ Advice Bureau for 10 years and has been a Magistrate in the Adult and Family courts since 2004.
Sara Khan | Trustee
Sara’s academic background is in psychology and gender and she has worked in roles relating to mental health and equality and diversity. She spent three years as a Diversity Manager in HMP Brixton supporting staff and prisoners and improving services. Since 2009 she has worked in policy and corporate roles in central government on justice-related issues.
Margaret Crisell | Trustee
Margaret worked as a solicitor for almost 40 years, and has specialised in children’s law, family law and mental health law. She is a qualified mediator and now serves as a tribunal judge. She was appointed by the North East Strategic Health Authority to chair two independent homicide inquiries. Margaret has conducted teaching and training in mental health law and practice and in children’s law and practice for various institutions. She was a founding committee member of the first Women’s Refuge Sunderland and participated in the Northumbria domestic violence forum.
Erika-Maria Szasz | Trustee
Erika’s academic background is in Politics and International Relations and she came across Hibiscus when working as a Consular Officer at the Embassy of Romania in London. Through her work there, she was able to observe the work Hibiscus does and the lifeline it provides to victims of trafficking and decided to get more involved with Hibiscus when she took on her current role as a Parliamentary Researcher at the House of Commons. Erika hopes that her history of working with Hibiscus at the Romanian Embassy and her experience at the heart of politics will help to take the charity forward and provide help to even more women.
Roz Morrison | Trustee