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Dr James McKinnon PhD (President)

James spent his early years as a ‘church court representative’ (before the advent of the Scottish Probation Service) and then joined the Vatican Diplomatic Core in Rome where he also worked as a Chaplain to several prisons. He later became the CEO of the Rathbone Society and then joined NACRO as a Director where he established a national network. This was followed as a Director of the Disabilities Living Foundation for offenders with disabilities, a Director of the Butler Trust and then Chairman of the Hardman Trust.

It was during his well-earned retirement that he was persuaded to make available his considerable talents and expertise initially as Chairman of Trustees of Restore Support Network and now as its first life president. James considers the mentoring and care needs of this sometimes forgotten and vulnerable sector of society to be worthy of interrupting his retirement.

Stuart Ware PhD (CEO)

Stuart is the charity's CEO and one of the founding members.

Dr Mary Piper OBE, MB, MSc, FRCP, MFPHM (Trustee)

The Chair of Restore Support Network who, prior to her retirement in 2014, was a senior member of Health & Justice, Public Health England. In this role Dr Piper was instrumental in developing public health policy and implementing plans to improve the health and wellbeing of older people in prison and other places of detention. Between 2000 and 2013, Mary was Senior Public Health Physician, Offender Health Unit, Department of Health, responsible for formulating policy development for health services for people in contact with the criminal justice system. She was the lead government official ensuring that responsibility for the social care of people in prisons was clearly set out for the first time in the Care Act 2014.

Trustees: Caroline Hatlem-Olsen and James Wilson
Profiles to follow

Our Board of Trustees are responsible to the Charity Commission to ensure due diligence of our finances and services. Also being Directors of a registered company they have to fulfil their legal responsibilities to Companies House.

We are recruiting NEW BOARD MEMBERS during 2020 from business, professional and caring backgrounds to guide our move from being a small regional charity to delivering a nation-wide service over the next three years. For further details and application form please contact

Peer Workers and Service User Representatives are invited to attend Board meetings to provide user feedback and advice on policy and practice issues.


We appreciate the dedication of our Board of Trustees and value their additional support in volunteering their time.

We are particularly grateful for the growing number of volunteers with no convictions who have dedicated their time as mentors and support workers. We currently have 22 mentors who have been Enhanced DBS checked who can provide intensive support including vulnerable adults. We have a further 13 support workers who provide additional for those with welfare and social needs but not ongoing 1-1 support, such as meeting at the gate with clothing, access to foodbanks, advice and help with claiming benefits/universal credit etc. We anticipate recruiting and training more volunteers as Restores My Life My Care programme expands including operating a 24-hour helpline.

Among the grant-making bodies who have supported Restore Support Network since 2013, we particularly wish to thank the following –
· Big Lottery Awards
· The Royal British Legion
· Seafarers UK
· Innovation Wessex
· The Mary Kinross
· The National Lottery

We are seeking Sponsors and Ambassadors to act as champions to provide support for Restores My Life My Care initiative.

Outreach Hub:
Parkstone United Reformed Church
16 Commercial Road
BH14 0JW