The Restore Trust Board of Trustees ensure good governance, set the strategic direction of the organisation and hold the directors accountable for the effective management of its projects and services.
The organisation benefits hugely from the advice and guidance that is provided by its Trustees, all of whom are unpaid volunteers. Their expertise cover finance, criminal justice, voluntary sector, education and business, amongst other things.
The Restore Trust is always looking to enhance the board’s breath of experience and welcomes offers of support from potential new members.
Suzanne Thompson Chief Executive Officer
Suzanne Thompson is chief executive officer and founding member of The Restore Trust and a member of the company's board of directors. ... Suzanne has a demonstrated history of working in public services and over 20 years experience of working in Criminal Justice. Skilled in Business Process, Coaching, Government, Entrepreneurship, and Team Building. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Social Work from University of the West of England. She has been named as one of the 'Top 100 Inspirational West Women of the Year 2019' who have made a difference in their communities. She has recently set up a new Charity called 'The Key- Unlock Potential' with the aim of creating paid employment for people leaving prison to assist them in desisting from crime and contributing positively to their local communities.
Sally Lewis OBE Trustees
Sally has held a range of senior leadership roles in criminal justice and safeguarding. As Chief Probation Officer of Avon and Somerset she was involved in delivering key public protection services. She has experience as an independent chair for both adult and children statutory safeguarding boards and was chair of the West of England Child Death Overview Panel. She is a trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and South West Ambassador for the Academy for Justice Commissioning.
Lynn Merilion Chair of the Board
I have been very proud to have spent much of my career in Education. I started working in education in my 30s and enjoyed a varied and rewarding career. I was a Principal of two Colleges, Stockport College of Further and Higher Education and Bristol College. Both Colleges had a very diverse student population, many with demanding and challenging lives. The focus of both Colleges’ was to give opportunity to all students to enable them to succeed. Since retiring in 2015 I have been working as an Executive coach. I enjoyed studying for the coaching qualification, level 7, and have equally enjoyed working with my clients to develop their potential. I have been chair of the Restore Trust for two years, a Social enterprise with a focus to help clients with social disadvantage to gain employment.
Robin Hubbard Trustees
Robin is a retired finance sector professional. He spent 30 years working in global financial markets in both investment banking and as an investment manager. He held senior roles at a number of international banks including US bank JP Morgan and Swiss bank UBS. He mainly worked in London but also in Switzerland and moved to Bristol in 2012.
Since retiring he has been involved with a number of local voluntary sector organisations. He is Treasurer of local charity Bristol After Stroke in addition to his role with Restore
Sandra Meadows Chief Executive Officer Voscur and board trustee for The Restore Trust
Responsible for the vision, strategic leadership and efficient management of Voscur and the development of a strong, vibrant and independent VCSE sector in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Excellent advocate of effective and influential partnerships, networks and working relationships with relevant local, regional and national agencies in order to promote and represent the sector
Graham Jones Trustees
Retired Circuit Judge
Member of the independent monitoring board at HMP Bristol
Trustee of The Hardman Trust- Realising Potential