Meet the Team
James Mapstone, Co-Founder and Chair at the NASDC. James is the Founder and Managing Director of 2nd Chance Group CIC, there he is responsible for managing the business and driving the strategic vision. James was formerly a Senior Manager in the private prison service where he gained vast experience at operating in challenging and high-pressured environments and implementing programmes of transformational change at both a personal and business level. James has also consulted on programmes and qualifications relating sport and youth crime worldwide.
James currently Chairs the Steering Group and is responsible for establishing strategic direction, business development and sustainability at NASDC.
Justin Coleman, Co-Founder, Secretariat and Head of the NASDC. Justin has extensive knowledge of the Criminal Justice System (prison and community) and received ‘Best Practice’ from HM Inspectors for his work with Long Term Offenders. He was also awarded Prison Officer of the Year 2009 (Working with Young People) and a Major Butler Trust Award amongst others for his programme design and delivery. Justin has led on many of the 2nd Chance Project initiatives using sport in the Criminal Justice System.
Justin oversees the daily operations at NASDC by supporting the development of best practice, collaboration and support for members and partners.
Jane Ashworth OBE, Chair of the Prevention and Early Intervention Positive Action Group. Jane is the Chief Executive of Street Games who deliver the benefits of sport to disadvantaged communities. Previously, Jane worked at Sport England for ten years, and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on government policy to bring together sport with regeneration policy. Jane was awarded the OBE for services to community sport in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2011.
Craig Pinkney, Chair of the Gangs, Violence and Extremism Positive Action Group. Craig is a youth work specialist and Director of Real Action UK – a charitable, outreach organisation based in Birmingham (UK), which specialises in working with disaffected youth. Craig is an experienced youth worker and has a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Development and a Master’s degree in Criminology. He has over 9 years experience as an outreach worker, transformational speaker, gang exit strategist, mediator, mentor and film maker.
Tanayah Sam, Vice Chair of the Gangs, Violence and Extremism Positive Action Group. Tanayah is a freelance practitioner in Gang culture, training, extremism and the criminal justice system with over 15 years experience.
Professor Andrew Parker, Chair of the Looked After Children in Prison Positive Action Group. Andrew is a Professor in the Faculty of Business and Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire, UK (2008- present) having previously held the post of Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Warwick, UK (1999-2008). He has fulfilled a variety of leadership, management and mentoring roles during his time in UK higher education at Department, School and Faculty level and as an external (independent) evaluator, contract researcher and consultant.
Professor Rosie Meek, Chair of the Research, Evidence and Quality Positive Action Group. Rosie Meek is a Professor of Psychology and founder and Head of the Law School at Royal Holloway University of London. After completing her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Sussex, Professor Meek has held academic posts at Southampton University, Teesside University, the Open University and the Howard League for Penal Reform. Her research expertise is in Criminal Justice and prisons, with a particular focus on prison regimes, health, education and evaluation approaches. As well as writing widely on voluntary sector involvement in the Criminal Justice System (together with Dr Alice Mills she led the Third Sector Research Centre’s 2009-2012 work on Criminal Justice and she is co-author of the 2016 book ‘The Voluntary Sector in Prisons’, published by Palgrave) Rosie is best known for her work on the role and impact of sports in prison settings (as well as writing numerous journal articles on the subject, her book ‘Sport in Prison’ was published by Routledge in 2014).