Brooke Kinsella MBE
Ben’s big sister. Brooke is a spokesperson for the Trust and has highlighted Ben’s story with documentaries including 'My Brother Ben' (BBC1) and 'Can Criminals Say Sorry' (BBC3). She has also published a memoir to her brother entitled ‘Why Ben?' After Ben’s death she was given an Advisory role to the coalition government and produced a report for the Home Office securing £18 million pounds of funding for knife crime projects. Brooke was awarded an MBE for services to charity in 2012.
Ben’s Mum. Debbie’s extremely moving impact speech on the death of her son at court was key in ensuring the perpetrators received tough sentences. Alongside her family, Debbie is doing everything she can to make sure her son’s death was not in vain and is trying her hardest to stop this happening to another mother.
Superintendent Claire Clark
Claire is a Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police. She joined the trustees when she was working in Islington with responsibility for neighbourhoods policing and latterly gangs and crime operations. She is a passionate exponent of education and choice and has led work resulting in reductions in serious youth violence and knife crime across the borough. Claire supports the trust advising on crime and legal matters, giving insight into the challenges faced by young people in today’s society.
Geeta joined us in 2014 following a close working relationship, and supporting the Trust whilst the exhibition was based in Millwall. As Head of Crime Reduction and Supporting People in Lewisham Geeta has in depth knowledge and experience of implementing and developing strategies on crime, drugs, anti-social behaviour, youth offending, commissioning drug and alcohol services and supporting people programmes. Geeta’s specialism in this area means she can advise the Trust on youth justice and crime, engaging targeted young people, forming relationships with key partners and identifying funding streams.
Hana works in Camden Council, as part of Camden Learning. Hana is passionate about social justice issues and affecting change through supporting children and young people. Hana was a primary school teacher for seven years, supporting children and young people to make positive choices, and providing support to young people and communities in times of crisis. Hana’s experience in the education sector means she can support the Trust in developing education resources and targeted accessible information for young people.
Sean is a Management Consultant with extensive experience of leading transformation within the Public Sector. He has worked in over two thirds of London Boroughs in addition to numerous central government departments and agencies. In addition, Sean has worked with a number of organisations focused on improving youth opportunities and helping people move away from gangs, including Mac UK and Streets of Growth. He is committed to helping reduce knife crime in Britain through growing the essential educational work of the Ben Kinsella Trust.
Cath joined the Trustee board in 2016. Her specialism is in Human Resources having spent 32 years as a HR Manager in the Metropolitan Police. Cath has brought a wealth of experience to the board, ensuring best work practices are in place at all times. Cath has been a long-standing supporter of the Trust. She is a strong advocate for youth work and providing more prevention and early intervention opportunities to young people to divert them away from knife crime.