About us Our team Our team STAFF TEAM Kingsley Bempah, CEO Kingsley has worked in probation and the voluntary sector for over 15 years, His education and work experience cover a variety of areas. Kingsley has held various positions as policy worker, frontline worker, hostel manager and director. Kingsley is a regular guest lecturer at several London Universities in Social entrepreneurship and management studies. He has worked in 10 local authorities as specialist offending group officer such as Prolific Priority Offenders (PPO) now integrated Offender Management (IOM) and Multi Agency Public Protection arrangement (MAPPA). This experience was a deciding factor in him being a co-founder of ARKRS in 2014. Kingsley has established strong working relationships with statutory providers including probation services, Local Authority, Police, Health professionals and other voluntary sector organisations ensuring non-duplication of provision. Kingsley has extensive experience in housing management working with ex-offenders London wide. He has worked with various charities in developing services and for vulnerable groups, including the homeless and people with substance dependency. Lloyd Walker, Director of Housing Operations Lloyd Walker has over 25 years’ experience in the housing sector, having successfully provided a high standard of accommodation for vulnerable groups such as care leavers, young people and ex-offenders. Lloyd is passionate about making a difference to ex-offenders’ lives and giving them the opportunity to turn their lives around. He believes that good housing is the foundation on which this can be achieved. ARKRS Staff Members Our board of trustees Andrew Linton (Chair) Andrew Linton (Chair) is currently Lecturer and MA Social Work Convenor at Goldsmiths, University of London with a wide range of experience in Criminal Justice and Social Work Andrew. Andrew advises on Safeguarding issues. Helena Sutcliffe (Vice Chair) Helena Sutcliffe is a Commissioning Editor at Short Books. She previously worked on custodial improvement projects for Serco across the UK, and brings a lived experience of delivering support services for ARKRS, having been the lead resettlement coach and coordinating across crucial partners such as police, probation, and other agencies. She has a wide range of charity-specific skills including governance, project and staff management, as well as PR and marketing. Gilbert Stowe Gilbert has worked in social housing for over 36 years. He has held a number senior management roles in local authorities and housing associations and also worked at the Audit Commission. He has worked in most areas of housing including homelessness and housing advice, regeneration, housing management and housing needs. Gilbert currently works in Hackney as Divisional Head of Tenant and Leasehold Services and lives in the borough of Redbridge.Gilbert has been a Trustee of ARK since 2016. Jan Jenkins Jan Jenkins is currently self employed working as a part-time senior probation officer, and has worked as a senior executive in charities and local authorities, as well as visiting lecturer at several Universities nationwide. She holds an MBA and MSc, and her education and work experience cover a wide variety of areas including criminal justice, community safety, and social studies. These essential experiences and skills gained are now used on our Board of Trustees to ensure the charity stays focused on adhering to the resettlement needs of our vulnerable service users.Martin Ford Based in London and Bucharest and currently operating as CEO at M247 International, Martin has 25 years of leadership experience within the international telecoms industry. Prior to this role he has worked at a number of global companies across Europe and for a couple of years was based in the US. The recurring theme of his experience has been the leadership of organizations going through change typically following an acquisition or a merger or significant organic growth. This is his first role on a charity board bringing a range of cross functional experiences and capabilities relevant to the evolving needs and opportunities for ARK. Paul Wallace Paul Wallace is currently a managing solicitor of the Battersea branch of SWLLC, where he provides legal advice and representation at court and tribunals to clients under the Legal Help/Aid scheme. He is a member of a team of duty solicitors operating a court duty scheme. This provides free legal advice across a number of South West London County Courts to defendants. Besides his strong advocacy background, he has over 15 years of social housing experience. He holds master's degrees in both law and business.