As a charity we have a Board of Trustees who are responsible for providing leadership and developing a clear long term strategy for the organisation.

The day to day running and decision making is delegated to Chief Executive, Andy Elvin, and the Senior Management Team, with the board of trustees playing an important role overseeing the systems of financial control, promoting high ethical standards and monitoring regulatory compliance.


TACT Board of Trustees

Jon Fayle - Chair

Jon became Chair of the Board of Trustees in November 2015. He is a freelance consultant in the fields of youth justice and children’s services. Jon is also an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) for looked after children and has set up a national association of Independent Reviewing Officers to improve practice.

Geoff Knox – Deputy Chair

Geoff joined the board in 2009, becoming Chair in November 2012. His term of office as Chair ended in November 2015, and he now holds the position of Deputy Chair. Geoff is a financial consultant specialising in raising long term investment for large infrastructure projects in emerging countries.

Ann Lee

Ann has now retired as a Health Visitor after 25 years service in Scotland. She has a wide range of expertise of working with vulnerable families and multi-agency working. She has a Diploma in Child Protection and was one of the Child Protection advisors for NHS Highland 2007. Ann was a former Trustee of Children Law UK.

Philip Woodman

Philip is a Tax Consultant and a Partner in an Accountants Firm in Sidcup, Kent. He is involved with several charities including Young Enterprise South London.

Lisa Waterman

Lisa currently works for BP, having previously managed communications in several international corporations, including the role of Vice President of Corporate Campaigns for Barclays group. Lisa also serves on other boards of trustees including a secondary school and a children, youth and community organisation.

Michael Thomas

Mike has spent over thirty years working in local authority children’s services, the majority of which has been at a senior management level. He has considerable experience working across multiple agencies, both statutory and voluntary, at local and national level particularly within the youth justice sector.

He was a member of the National Criminal Justice Council from 2005 – 2013 and a former Director of the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers, which he chaired from 2007 – 2010. In 2008 he was appointed to the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. From 2000 he was the inaugural Chair of the National Association for Youth Justice. He has been a member of many advisory groups including the Justice Commission into indeterminate sentences for juveniles (Children and Homicide 1996), HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Thematic Review of Young Prisoners (1997), the Home Office review of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Breaking the Cycle 2001), a Review of Child Protection and Safeguarding within the Prison Service (2003). In 2009 he was a member of a DCSF/MoJ working group looking at the provision, and funding, of education across the juvenile secure estate. In 2003 he was invited to join the advisory board of the ESRC funded network ‘Pathways into and Out of Crime’, a partnership across five universities. In 2008 he was appointed to the Ministerial Expert Group on Children’s Workforce Development while in the same year he gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee inquiry into justice re-investment.

Mike visited Germany in 1994 at the invitation of the Goethe Institute to consider the criminal justice system following re-unification. In 1999 he was appointed as an advisor to the South African Law Commission during the passage of South Africa’s first Child Justice Bill. In 2000 he visited China as a member of a delegation to advising on child protection and child justice issues. He returned to China in 2002 to advise on community protection and post imprisonment protection.

Mike holds an MA in Criminology and Social Policy and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Systemic Management. He has been a regular contributor to a number of professional journals and is a formal member of the editorial board for the international journal Youth Justice.

Mike’s interest in adoption and fostering services has mainly has resulted from his own recent experience of adopting two young children.

Matthew Doyle

Matthew joined the TACT board in 2016.  As the father of four young children, he joined the TACT board as he is interested in ensuring that all children get the best start in life.

He is currently the Managing Director of the Pension Quality Mark Ltd (PQM) which accredits UK employers on the quality of their occupational pension schemes.

Prior to joining PQM, Matthew held senior management positions with global professional services firms including KPMG and Latham & Watkins.

Matthew holds an MBA from HEC Paris. In his spare time, he climbs mountains, flies gliders and has a healthy interest in food & wine.

Leanne Ellis

Leanne is a former foster child hoping to give back to the system. She has many qualifications and experience ranging from law to beauty. She is also a professional artist, author and demonstrator, and a Director of a beauty training school.

The board possesses a diverse set of skills and experiences and in addition to legal, financial, social work and education professionals, includes adoptive and foster parents and a trustee who was previously a looked after child and grew up in TACT’s care.

The composition of the Board is regularly reviewed, with one-third of its members re-elected annually to ensure that it remains relevant to the successful governance of the organisation.

New Trustees are generally recruited through specific press advertisements or through personal recommendation. However, to ensure transparency an ad-hoc ‘Nominations Committee’ will meet to organise and conduct the selection process, based on a range of criteria including skills, experience and commitment to the sector.

TACT’s Board subscribes to the NCVO code of conduct.