Dr Denis Yomi Tanfa

Dr Denis Yomi Tanfa is the Chair & Founder of Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands.  He obtained his Master’s and Doctorate degree in Criminology from University of South Africa in 2004 and 2006 respectively. He is a part-time freelance researcher,  assisting Master’s and Doctoral Social Sciences research students with proposal writing for research & research funding, Research Methodologies, Literature reviews, Questionnaire design, data capturing & analysis, integration of literature reviews & empirical findings, stakeholders analysis, interviewing techniques, use of SPSS, Research reporting etc. He currently work for the Office for National Statistics (ONS). He  is school Governor in Leicester.

He volunteered with Novas Scaman Group in Nottingham as Community Cohesion Volunteer in Leicester City and Learning for the Fourth Age as leaning mentor. He is a member of Restorative Justice Council, a Community Panel Member with Leicester City Council Youth Offending Service. He was the Research Manager with Khulisa Crime Prevention Initiative in Johannesburg South Africa between 2006 and 2008. Dr Tanfa has presented criminological papers at national and international conferences and has won awards from the Policing Association of Southern Africa and the Centre for Social Sciences Research in Africa based in Senegal. He was very instrumental in the establishment of Justice and Restoration Project (PhoenixJarp) in Phoenix near Durban – South Africa in 2006.

Mr Zacharie Mbanya

Mr Zacharie Mbanya is the Treasurer of Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands. He attained a BSc in Economics from the University of Buea in 2005. After his degree he worked in the operations department of Union Bank. In September 2007, he attained an MA in international Business Finance and Economics from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He has held finance positions at Norwich and Norfolk University hospital, Lafarge Aggregates and Network Guarantee.



Mr Paul Bup

Paul the Director of Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands, a secondary school teacher of ICT and has been head of the ICT department for 5 years. He graduated from the University of Northampton with a combined honours degree BA (Hons) in Information Systems with Accounting. He is a qualified teacher with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in ICT from the University of Derby. Paul is a trained Community Learning Champion (CLC) for which he obtained an NVQ.

He is very passionate about education and is the Managing Director of a supplementary school (KROF) which aims to develop young peoples’ competitive and creative edge through academic coaching in the subject of Maths, Science, English and ICT. KROF has a holistic approach to education and incorporate well-being (emotional intelligence, self-esteem, respect etc) and family learning to its programme.

Paul believes in active contribution or giving back to the community, hence he is an executive member of an apolitical voluntary organisation ‘The Clarion Voice’ that aims to promote political literacy within the African heritage community. He also volunteered as a community reporter for Eava FM community radio station in Leicester.