Our President and Vice Presidents

Meet the Tempus Novo President and Vice Presidents…

Rev. Jonathan Aitken – President

Jonathan Aitken is a well-known author, broadcaster, ex-Cabinet Minister, ex-MP and ex-prisoner. Through his writings, speeches and broadcasting he has been a leading voice for the cause of rehabilitating offenders.

His ground breaking report ‘Locked up Potential: A strategy for reforming prisons and rehabilitating prisoners’ was published to widespread acclaim by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) in 2010. It has since had a major impact on government policy.

John Samuels – Vice President

His Honour John Samuels QC has been the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Alliance since 2012. He was a Trustee of the Prisoners’ Education Trust for 13 years, its Chairman for 6, and is now its first President. He was previously a Circuit Judge (he sat in the Crown Court for a total of 27 years); and had been Chairman of the Criminal Committee of the Council of Circuit Judges, where he pioneered liaison between the Council, Ministers and their officials. A long-term proponent of judicial monitoring, he has written and lectured on the topic both in this jurisdiction and overseas for over 10 years. In January 2016 he was appointed by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice to advise a current Working Group on problem-solving courts. He was a founder member of the National Sentencer Probation Forum until March 2012, when he also retired from the London Probation Forum, of which he had been a member for 10 years. He is a Trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform.

He is the Board member for England & Wales of the International Association of Drug Treatment Courts; and is Vice President both of UNLOCK, the National Association of Reformed Offenders; and of the Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards. He is a Patron of Prisoners’ Advice Service. Between 2005 and September 2015 he was a judicial member of the Parole Board, and visited prisons up to 3 times per week in that capacity. In 2012 he was appointed a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Law School, focusing on sentencing and criminal justice issues. He remains actively involved in the educational agenda of Lincoln’s Inn, of which he has been a Bencher since 1990.

Sir James Aykroyd – Vice President

Sir James is already a great supporter of many good causes in Yorkshire and having attended an event at Eversheds where he met and heard from some of our graduates, he offered to help Tempus Novo.

He recently visited Armley jail where he was visibly moved by the conditions offenders live in. He is passionate about Yorkshire and wants to see those in need given a hand up, through programmes like TN.


Richard Cowlishaw – Vice President

With a career history spanning over 25 years in HR, Richard is a commercial, pragmatic HR leader, having held a number of strategic Board roles in Manufacturing, Construction, Retail and, more recently, Logistics.

His strong international background has enabled him to work in a number of diverse cultures where he has influenced multinational integration of teams. Organisational development, learning and engagement are key features of his work which he sees as key to supporting the ongoing growth and development of Business, enabling talent development and succession.

A pro-active driver of cultural diversity, Richard has been influential in engaging ex-offenders back in to work. His visionary work in ensuring inclusivity in organisations, including creating the Fresh Start programme as Group HR Director for Clipper Logistics, which has won him national recognition with the In-house Recruiter of the Year Award (Finalist 2018).

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