MA (Oxon); MSc; DIC; DMS; CEng; MICE
Having worked in the private and public sectors as a qualified Civil Engineer and after eleven years as a father-at-home, Mick has spent the past 17 years in not-for-profit organisations in London working with homelessness, community centre management and refugees and asylum seekers, including overseeing a Home Office gold star exemplar mentoring project, culminating with five years as CEO of Stepping Stones Trust, working to promote the rehabilitation of ex-offenders through supported accommodation.
Coordinator / Trustee
BA Hons Engineering; MSc Development Studies
Robin has set up and run development projects in Africa. Returning to England, he managed services for people with drink problems and worked on national drug and alcohol policy. He worked as Drug and Alcohol Development manager with London Probation for 10 years establishing new drug treatment programmes until he took voluntary redundancy in 2011.
Greg is a freelance criminal defence lawyer and Crown Court Advocate. He specialises in civil liberties and protest cases. He was an Islington Councillor from 2006 until May 2014. He has been mentoring ex-offenders for fifteen years. One of his mentoring projects was the subject of an acclaimed BBC2 fly-on-the-wall documentary called “Make me honest”.
BA Social Sciences; CQSW Dip Social Work; Post Grad Diploma in Change Management
Jonathan has been employed in Probation in London since 1983, and has worked in a variety of setting across Approved Hostels ; Community Payback, Programmes and Field Teams. For the past 16 years he has worked as a Senior Probation Officer, with experience of establishing substance misuse and prolific priority offenders teams as well as managing field teams across various offices in North London.
BA French and Latin; MA Business Translation and Interpreting
Maddy works as Student Network Coordinator for Student Action for Refugees (STAR) having recently completed her Master’s. She has volunteered with various homelessness organisations, and has also helped run various volunteering programmes for refugees. Along with being a trustee for Bridging the Gap, she has been trained as a mentor, and has taken part in one mentoring partnership.
Bsc Psychology and Management Studies
Josie Osei is a part time administrator at Bridging the Gap Islington. She joined the team in August 2016. Prior to this Josie was a rehabilitation advisor.
Nicolette has worked as a volunteer mentor for three years working with service users on probation fulfilling their employment, education and training requirements. Also fulfils roles within other areas of the criminal justice system including as an independent custody visitor and appropriate adult. Earlier career experience includes IT project management and software development.
BA Social Sciences; CQSW Dip Social Work; Diploma Therapeutic Counsellor
Employed as Social worker and Team Manager in Children’s and Family Services, and worked as a Drugs and Alcohol counsellor and G.P Attached Counsellor in both the Health and Charity Sector. Worked as a Children’s Rights and Participation Co coordinator for children In Care and Care Leavers.
Jeffrey Wotherspoon is a certified Life Coach and High-Risk Conflict Resolution Specialist with a background in youth work. He works with a broad spectrum of clients ranging from young people in custody to corporate Executives in the private sector. In addition, Jeffrey has vast experience working with vulnerable groups and has volunteered and continues to volunteer in the charity sector.
Jeffrey is especially proud of the work he does with young offenders between the ages of 15-25 years, supporting them on their journey towards positive rehabilitation.
MA Art Psychotherapy
Elizabeth has worked for 15 years in the field of youth justice, adolescent mental health and in drugs and alcohol services. She also has experience in youth work and working with families involved with children’s social care. Currently working with families involved with substance misuse services, she has also volunteered in the charity sector for several years and continues as a volunteer to the present day.
BA Media Production; Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling
Leah has worked in front-line, support worker roles in the charity sector for the past 14 years. She has worked in the areas of homelessness, mental health, substance misuse, problem gambling and in domestic abuse services in the women’s sector. Many of the service users Leah has worked with have either previous or current involvement in the criminal justice system. Leah also works as an integrative counsellor and has been providing therapy in private practice and in organisations for the last 5 years.