The Tempus Novo Team
STEVE FREER - CEO AND FOUNDER

Steve has worked in the criminal justice system since 1986. Starting at HMP Wormwood Scrubs he worked with some of the most notorious criminals in the UK. Since then he has managed a wide range of projects in prisons in the North of England. More recently he worked as Business Development Manager at HMP Leeds and it was during this time he developed a successful model for rehabilitating ex-offenders based on employment. Keen to do more Steve decided to set up Tempus Novo.

VAL WAWROSZ - MANAGING DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER

Val has been working in the criminal justice system since 1988, starting his career working at HMYOI Huntercombe with young Offenders. He has worked with every type of prisoner from remands to those serving a life sentence. Val`s passion for the rehabilitation of offenders contributed to the creation of Tempus Novo.

PAUL MORTON - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Paul has worked in different areas of rehabilitation, including several years in housing support. He joined the team in January 2017, bringing with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and importantly a passion to change lives.

NEIL DAVIDSON - EMPLOYMENT ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Neil is a former Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Marshalls PLC and a long-time supporter of numerous local charities. Over the years he has raised several hundreds of thousands for the Overgate Hospice in Halifax. Organising many a sportsman’s dinner and using his impressive contact list to pull the crowds in. It is his “giving nature” which resulted in him being bestowed the honour of Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire , something only a handful of people achieve! He joins Tempus Novo at an exciting time and is looking forward to adding his passion and skills to the cause.

MIKE CLARK - FINANCE MANAGER

Mike holds several Board level appointments, alongside his role as advisor at Drink Warehouse UK
Ltd, an award-winning drinks wholesale business. He also co-founded a SAAS business in 2015,
offering on-line sport education in the equestrian field. He is also co-founder of a company that
promotes women in motorsport and advises two charities on financial matters. He recently sold
another business he co-founded in 2016, offering business mentoring to tech start-ups, to the
management team.

His passion is partnering with CEO’s, executives and entrepreneurs helping them understand the
business numbers and providing practical advice on strategy execution and acquisitions. He has seen
the drink wholesale business grow from £4.2m in 2015, when he became involved to £13.5m by the
end of the current financial year in May 2019, a CAGR of 34%.

With many years in a diverse range of business sectors ranging from industrial chemicals to high end
branded goods, he helps simplify the mystique around finance and helps entrepreneurs to manage
their respective businesses more efficiently.

He qualified as an Accountant and holds an MBA in International Finance.

ALISHIA WALSH - CASEWORKER

I am excited to be working at Tempus Novo alongside completing my Law with Criminology degree after volunteering for the charity for a period of eight months. I truly believe that employment is a key factor in aiding the rehabilitation of people with offending backgrounds and have personally seen first hand the difference sustainable employment can make to improving a person’s quality of life.

KATHRYN HULL - CASEWORKER

Kathryn worked as a volunteer at Tempus Novo Charity for almost 2 months, before she became a permanent full-time case worker for Tempus Novo. She worked as a Prison Officer at HMP Leeds for 18 years, and this is where she met both Steve and Val over the last 7 years in her role at the prison.

Kath’s incredible work in prisons was recognised by the Prison Officer of The Year Award 2019.

“They both used to excitedly tell me all about the fantastic progress they were making, and how well their TN Charity was doing at getting ex-offenders back into sustainable employment. We all need that extra help and support at some time in our lives and I am extremely pleased & proud to be a part of the Tempus Novo Team.”

PETER BRADLEY - FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR

Peter was Dean of the Church of England Cathedral in Sheffield from 2003 to 2020. During this time, he entirely renewed and rebuilt the fabric of the historic building and increased the number of annual visitors from some 7,000 to some 250,000. For many years, the Cathedral has hosted social provision for people living on the streets – Sheffield is the only cathedral in the world with a dental surgery.

Peter has extensive experience in the voluntary and education sectors. He has led a major art show, working with international collectors and artists such as the Chapman Brothers; he has chaired a university art college, and founded innovative public interest company to provide an ethical alternative to high-interest lenders, and access to white goods, for people living in poverty.

More recently, Peter chaired a Sheffield City Board to develop cross-sector approaches to the reduction of poverty, such as the reduction of child hunger in South Yorkshire, and to support integration of excluded and stigmatised groups. He has chaired a national grant making charity and advised South Yorkshire Police on ethics and inclusion.

Peter is a keen amateur sculptor, and has made works in stainless steel, neon, ceramic, wood, and bronze.

Which three people (past or present) would you invite to your dinner party and why?

  • Éamon de Valera – the Irish statesman and politician. De Valera was a deeply cynical and flawed leader yet kept his country together and did much to relieve rural poverty in Ireland.
  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg – the first woman to be a Justice of the US supreme court, because of her decisive leadership which legalised equal marriage in the USA.
  • Michelangelo – because, well, he’s Michelangelo. His poetry is as good as his sculpture, and his sculpture is as good as his painting.

Which leader do you admire the most and why?

Ernest Shackleton – a popular choice, because of his vision, commitment, and iron determination to get his whole team home from the Antarctic. He encouraged robust challenge, had the humility to take advice, and could rouse the spirits of his broken and despairing comrades.

OLIVIA LYONS - OPERATIONS MANAGER, SOUTH EAST

Olivia graduated from the University of Manchester in 2019 and joined the Prison Service straight afterwards. Spending over two years at HMYOI Aylesbury, Olivia was surprised by the lack of opportunities for serving prisoners and turned to Tempus Novo for some advice. With a passion for changing lives and strong beliefs in the importance of rehabilitation, Olivia now works for Tempus Novo in the Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire area.

FIONA MANNERS - CASEWORKER

Fiona worked as a prison officer for 12 years, this is where she met Steve and Val.

During her time in the prison, she trained as an ACCT assessor supporting prisoners with mental health and emotional needs as they entered prison. This then led to being trained as a Family liaison officer dealing with Deaths in custody where she supported families in their time of grieving.

Fiona also received training to become a facilitator for an accredited drug and alcohol programme which she delivered to the prisoners during their sentences.

Fiona was recognised for her role as a Family Liaison Officer by being nominated for a Prison Officer of the year award.

“I approached Steve and Val as I recognised the great work, they were doing to support offenders in their quest to gain employment and felt that I had a wealth of experience to put to good use. I am happy to say that they saw the potential in me, and the rest is history.”

BECKY WHITAKER - ADMINSTRATOR

I have recently graduated with a Masters in Forensic Psychology from Manchester Metropolitan University, and am really excited to have joined the team at Tempus Novo. It is clear that sustainable employment is key in reducing reoffending, and I am proud to be a part of a team that makes such a difference to peoples lives.