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Luke Pulford was formally appointed as Chair with effect from Wednesday 1st November 2017.
He first moved to Leicester to study Business Management and Enterprise at DeMontfort University.
Most of Luke's professional career has been spent working with or in small businesses in the city. He started his first business aged 15 and since then has launched and worked with several start-ups.
He is now managing a business incubation unit as well as advising local growing businesses.
Outside of work he sits on the board of a successful charity called Saffron Young People's Project. He also supports young entrepreneurs through the Prince's Trust.
Leon is Guyanese born, with more than 20 years international experience in strategic leadership, change management as well as the development and monitoring of criminal justice policy and programmes. His work includes volunteering and consultancy on a range of social justice projects delivered through community-based multi-agency partnerships and international donors.
For seven year he directed Prison Investigations and Inspections in Jamaica as well as serving as consultant and senior mediator and Restorative Justice practitioner. In 2003, he was awarded the US State Department Hubert Humphrey Fellowship; to research the use of community-driven strategies to reduce crime as well as to enhance the accountability of the police to civil society.
He moved to the UK to lead the Church of the Nazarene’s London Initiative and later served as Multi-faith Chaplaincy Coordinator at HMP Lowdham Grange; including establishing the prison’s first Restorative Justice program along with supporting initiatives in other UK prisons. He volunteers with the Leicester based Restorative Justice Initiative.
Janette Pallas is an independent business growth coach and mentor working predominantly with technology based businesses.
She has lived in Leicestershire since birth and has a keen interest in the business, sporting, academic and wellbeing success of the County.
Janette has managed a number of large public sector programmes and understands the financial and governance constraints around public bodies.
She has been involved in educational and sporting social enterprises and is passionate about supporting people in their health and wellbeing.
Ian is a retired Governor grade from the Prison Service, having served for 24 years. He was member of the Senior Management Board at three establishments. During these periods he was consecutively the Head of the Operations and the Residential Functions with specific responsibility for security, safer custody, drug strategy, health and safety, enterprises and self audit.
He was a member of the Royal Anglian Regiment (T.A.) for five years.
Currently Ian is the coordinator and fund raiser for two local charities, a compliance manager for a Leicestershire physiotherapy business, and a reviewer of health research proposals for the National Institute for Health Research.