UK Advisors

Dr Momodou Sallah is a Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader BA YCD at De Montfort University Leicester.  He holds a Doctorate Degree in Youth and Community Development, MPhil in Applied Social Sciences and MA in Community Education. His research interests are Globalisation and Global Youth Work, Race and diversity in relation to working with young people, Participation and involvement of young people Participatory research methodologies etc.  He is internationally recognised in his area of expertise and has presented and published papers in national and international conferences and peer review journals respectively. He has also contributed in many books and has published books on global youth work.


John Clohesy is married with 4 children and a trained Restorative Justice Practitioner and RJ Trainer. He  has worked in Further Education for 30 years, with people of all ages and backgrounds, but most often with young people below 25. Before that he worked with young offenders. During his time in Further Education he was for 10 years Senior Warden where he had plenty of opportunity  to mediate disputes between students etc.

He was invited to become a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) but after considering this he declined as he did not want to be part of the process of sending people to  prison. “The recidivism rates show that our justice system is ineffective ” The young offenders he worked with all talked to him about their chance of re-offending, and over 80% of them said they expected to have to go to prison again. He had been very impressed with glimpses of Restorative Justice that he had encountered in the media, and was therefore relatively easily persuaded to apply to be part of the Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands. He was impressed with what the organisation is trying to achieve, and inspired by the effectiveness of the Restorative Justice Conference method. The training is sound, practical, and delivered by people who really know what it is all about. He believes what Dr Denis Tanfa is able to bring to Leicestershire from his experiences in the South African Truth and Reconciliation process is of immense and urgent relevance, and he is delighted to be part of it. John  is an  approved RJ trainer by Restorative Solutions CIC


Mr Jerry Pani is an Acccountant by profession. He holds MA in Accounting and Finance – University of Huddersfield, CIMA Managerial Level – Emile Woolf College (now Kaplan Financial), ACCA AFFILAITE (1ST Time Passes) (now Kaplan Financial).

He is currently studying Master of Business Administration (in progress) – Liverpool John Moores University. He is the Practice Manager with Favour professional Service limited. He has lots of experience as an accountant in the public and private sector.. He is a quick learning and proactive accountant comfortable operating to board level and taking full responsibility for leadership and development of teams. With experience gained within FTSE 100 and SMEs. His core values are: integrity, teamwork and excellence. A ‘can do’ attitude and outgoing personality coupled with a confident and courteous approach makes him an asset to Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands. He is an Accountant & Treasurer at New Covenant Charity (On-going for 7 years).


Dr Farrah Mushtaq is a Medical Doctor and a trained Restorative Justice Practitioner. She obtained her BMBS from Brighton & Sussex medical school in 2010, with an intercalated BSc in Endocrinology from Kings College London in 2008. After qualifying as a Medical Practitioner, she worked as a Junior Doctor in Leicester Royal Infirmary for the past 2 years. Currently she works in General Surgery at Leicester General Hospital. She has a particular interest in psychiatry, in particular forensic psychiatry and hope to pursue this in the future. She is very enthusiastic about working with the community, and passionate about the ethos of the Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands, repairing/restoring damaged relationships in the community to make it a safer and better place for all.


Ibtisaam Ashur is a Restorative Justice Practitioner, a graduate in Sociology and works in a primary school in the City of Leicester. She currently spends her time there academically supporting underachieving children. Additionally she is a freelance Journalist where she writes articles for online news publications such as Think Africa Press. Throughout the years she has developed an interest in the media and believes its impact to be a platform where everyone can express themselves. That’s why she decided to get involved as a researcher for the Centre of International Media Ethics (CIME), whose focus and goal is to improve the ethics and journalistic standards around the world, especially in developing countries. Throughout her work at CIME, her original research report on Public Trust survey has been published which she is most proud of. She hopes that through the work of Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands, she can contribute in restoring relationships and resolving conflicts within the community. She is passionate in the values and hope that Restorative Justice and conflict mediation can offer to the diverse City of Leicester. Ibtisaam interest and passions lie in International Development, Media Democracy, Conflict Resolution, Human Rights and Social Justice. She is very enthusiastic to have joined Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands and to make a contribution to the upcoming and current projects.


Steven Odunmbaku. He is a Chartered Civil/Structural Engineer, and has over twenty years’ experience as a Practicing Engineer. He studied Civil/Structural Engineering initially, and has a Master’s degree in Construction Management. He has worked both in the Public and Private sector, and fully appreciates and supports the work done by the voluntary sector. Steven is married with children, loves God and understands the importance of the voluntary sector, through his wife, who has been involved in the sector for many years. He has also worked for body/associations whose members volunteered their time and resources towards a vision of improving the facilities at their School and University for the raising of the standard of Education and Excellence at those institutions. He hopes to add his vigour and enthusiasm to the vision of RJI for the attainment of their purpose.