Our People


Our President and Patron hold important honorary roles in NAAN. They help to raise awareness of our work and provide us with invaluble advice. 

 Name  Position       About
Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE     President       

Member of the House of Lords

Chair of Social Work England

Forrmer Chair of the Mental Health Act Commission

Professor Gisli Gudjonsson CBE  Patron

Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychology

Institute of Psychiatry of King's College London


As a registered charity, NAAN is governed by a board of voluntary trustees. The board is made up of:

  • people elected by our membership from within our membership; and
  • people co-opted by the board to broaden its skills and experience.
Name Position Method About
Richard Atkinson Chair


Co-Chair, Law Society Criminal Law Committee

Dipak Kothari Treasurer Co-opted

Chartered Accountant

Adam Smith Trustee Co-opted Autism Advocate & Professional Appropriate Adult
Andy Ward (Sgt) Trustee Co-opted

Deputy General Secretary, Police Federation of England & Wales

Charlie Rose Trustee  Elected Volunteer Appropriate Adult, Southwark Council
Donna Buffong Trustee Elected Social Worker (Bail and Remand Co-ordinator), Wandsworth YOT
Ian Blackie Trustee Co-opted Retired Social Worker & NAAN Co-founder
Lynn Frusher Trustee  Elected Regional Manager, The Appropriate Adult Service
Michelle Dixon Trustee Elected Head of Criminal Justice Service, Child Action North West
Pip Lake-Benson Trustee Elected Youth Justice Manager, Hertfordshire YOS
Stephen Gray  Trustee Elected Chief Executive, Young Lives Foundation (Kent & Medway)
Sue Nash Trustee Elected

Volunteer Coordinator (Social Worker), Wiltshire YOS

Executive Officers

NAAN has two employees, responsible for developing and delivering the work of the charity. 

Name Position      Contact 
Chris Bath        Chief Executive          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Grev Wallington Effective Practice Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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