Tempus Novo

President and Trustees

Meet the Tempus Novo board…


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).


George Grant – Chairman

George Grant is a former foreign correspondent, policy analyst and Parliamentary candidate who now manages the estate at Stockeld Park, his family home. As Chairman of the Board, George is ultimately responsible for the sound governance of Tempus Novo as well as representing the charity on behalf of the Trustees.

Whilst working as a journalist, George covered a range of prison-related issues, from mental health in British prisons, to the treatment of men awaiting trial in post-Gaddafi Libya. George is a keen runner, squash player and cyclist, and together with his wife Georgina is an active member of his local church.


Gareth Bullen – Treasurer

As former director of The Aspire Academy at Northern Gas Networks, Gareth is passionate about intrapreneurship and has used his knowledge and experience to build winning teams at many large businesses.

Gareth has worked as a director at board level and managed multi million pound budgets prior to starting up his new venture The Centre For Enterprise. His ability to instil a positive attitude and innovative thinking in to the culture of a business will support Tempus Novo through the inevitable challenges we will face on our journey.


Valerie Heywood – Trustee

Val has an extensive criminal justice background having served as a magistrate for 23 years and 20 years as a member of an Independent Monitoring Board which has a watchdog role within prisons.

Her experience includes work in the Youth and Adult crime courts, as Chairman of the Family Proceedings Panel and as a member of the Bench Management Group.

In addition she has been a member of the Management Committee of the Visitors’ Centre at HMP Leeds for many years and is an officer of Bradford Courts Chaplaincy Service whose volunteers assist and support people attending Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.


Charlie Forbes Adam – Trustee

After university Charlie worked in Kenya and as a re-insurance broker in the London market before returning home to manage the family estate at Escrick Park, near York. During his tenure, the estate has diversified considerably and now includes commercial lettings, a 220 pitch holiday park, wedding venues and a cross-country riding course.

Passionate about reducing reoffending, over eight years ago Charlie started and chairs for a fundraising committee for a residential rehabilitation centre in Hull run by the Forward Trust, supporting the recovery for addicted ex-offenders.

Since returning home, Charlie has been Chairman of the Trustees of Selby Abbey and the Appeal, a governor of Queen Margaret’s School, Chairman of the CLA Yorkshire branch, a Trustee of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and High Sheriff of of North Yorkshire in 2015/16.