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.
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).
Steven Odunmbaku. He is a Chartered Civil/Structural Engineer, and has over twenty years’ experience as a Practising 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.