The YouTurn Trustee Board is responsible for oversight of the charity. This includes ensuring the charity is carrying out its purpose, complying with the law and managing resources responsibly.
There are currently seven Trustees. The Board are always keen to hear from passionate and skilled people who are interested in joining them.
Paul Downing has worked mainly in the public sector, both as a police officer and more recently as a Unitary Authority Councillor. He has board level experience as a Trustee/Director at a number of Bedfordshire based charities and organisations and a real interest in both the rehabilitation of offenders and ensuring that victims of crime feel well served. Currently (March 2022) Vice Chair of Bedfordshire Police & Crime Panel.
Gill Craik is the Director of Black Dog Human Resources Consultancy Ltd, offering advice and support to businesses. Gill has worked with the Thames Valley Police, along with a number of privately-owned companies at Regional and National level before deciding to set up as a consultant and establish Black Dog HR Consultancy Ltd in 2006.
Outside of work Gill acts as a committee member for her local Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), she fund-raises for her local church and enjoys playing badminton, going to the gym and spending time with friends.
Nikki Middleton joined Bedfordshire Probation Service in 2002 as a programme facilitator, delivering cognitive behavioural programmes and psychometric tests to offenders before accepting a regional post to train new probation officers and staff in programme delivery, risk assessment, and risk management. In 2009, she left the Probation Service to join Luton Borough Council, initially as Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator then as Community Safety Partnership Manager, continuing to work with both victims and perpetrators of crime but with an increasing focus on developing strategic multi-agency partnerships to prevent crime and re-offending.
In 2014 she was seconded to oversee the establishment and operation of YouTurn Futures, serving as its first Director until 2016.
Dr Nina Pearson
Chair, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group, GP Lead, BLMK Integrated Care System, GP Partner, Lea Vale Medical Group
Deputy Chief Constable, Bedfordshire Police
NHS Bedfordshire CCG Clinical Chair/Registered Nurse Member
Doug De St Aubin
Deputy Director: Innovation & Project Management, BeNCH CRC