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01392 964863 - Head Office & South-West Regional Office

Dr Mary Piper OBE, MB, MSc, FRCP, MFPHM

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 she 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.

Bernadette MacDonald-Raggett

"My background is as a Motivational Speaker and former Community Magistrate specialising in Family Law. Currently my roles are as a Volunteer for Prison Dialogue, giving practical advice to offenders on all aspects of the law with a view to helping them prepare for life outside prison and as a Dorset Community Engagement Representative, representing the BME (Black and Minority ethnic) community in the prisons; as recommended within the 2017 Lammy Review.

I am committed to supporting ex-offenders upon their release so that they can escape the cycle of reoffending and become valued members of their communities."

Bernadette is a member of the Wessex Crown Prosecution Hate Crime Service Panel.

Diane Beck

"Being a Trustee for the Restore Support Network charity has been an interesting and rewarding development in my personal life; it grew directly out of my professional work as a full-time registered nurse and my specialist areas of ageing and older people. More recently, I have been working as an advanced care practitioner from within a local prison with a focus on supporting those with long term conditions.

As a Trustee, my role is to guide and challenge the approach taken across the network. Thanks to the peer mentors within Restore Support Network, I take their advice and guidance back to the prison to help those facing release.

I look forward to pushing on with our care goals, building the network and having a sustainable future demonstrating our role in reducing the risk of reoffending and improving the health outcomes for those with convictions."

Dr James McKinnon (President) PhD

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.

Marilyn Lucas

Marilyn was appointed a Justice of the Peace and magistrate in 1991 and retired in June 2016. She was a local councillor for Trafford Council for eight years and Mayoress to the Borough of Trafford in 2007/08 and 2010/11. Marilyn is also Chair of the Women of the North Charity.

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 2019 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

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