Directors and Trustees

Nehemiah’s Directors are responsible for the overall legal, financial and strategic development of the charity.

Tom Nell

Tom was elected Chair of The Nehemiah Project Board of Trustees in March 2018. Before he retired, Tom was Managing Director of two subsidiaries of Cory Environmental Ltd for 11 years, and before that, he spent three years with Serco plc, and 18 years with Whitbread plc. He has experience of everything from strategy to on-the-ground delivery of services, and business functions from Finance to Human Resources.

The Honourable Moira Rank

Wife of the late Joseph Rank, Moira is a Council Member of the Royal Alexander and Albert School in Surrey. Moira also became a Nehemiah Director 12 years ago and has been involved since the inception of the Charity.

Kay Hunter Johnston

Kay joined The Nehemiah Project in December 2009 as a trustee and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive. She retired in November 2012, and has again become a trustee. Kay trained as a solicitor with Allen & Overy, She subsequently became Company Secretary and Legal Counsel at The National Theatre. Kay has been involved in prison for many years as a chaplaincy visitor at HMP Wandsworth, also helping to run Sycamore and the Alpha course in the prison. She has extensive practical experience of successful fundraising.


William Ansell

William is Director in Investment Management at Smith & Williamson. He is responsible for advising a substantial number of private clients on their investments. He is also chairman of Smith & Williamson Investment Management (Ireland) Ltd. William joined Smith & Williamson in 1988 having previously worked at Grieveson, Grant & Co. and Kleinwort Benson Investment Management. William has been involved for many years in a programme for mentoring ex-offenders organized by the Chaplaincy at Wormwood Scrubs. 

Tim Aikens

Tim is an independent management consultant. He has worked as a consultant for over 25 years helping transform organisations and improve performance. Tim is also a trainer. He has developed and led many courses over the years. He has worked globally and his sector experience includes oil and gas, government, telecommunications, utilities and others.

Tony Watson

Tony worked for the Prison Service for 20 years in various headquarters roles, until his retirement in 2011 from the post of Head of Offender Rights and Responsibilities in the National Offender Management Service. Tony is also a Trustee of Prison Fellowship and tutors the restorative justice course in Wandsworth and High Down prisons.

Joanna Whitaker

Joanna was appointed to the Board in December 2016 and is a volunteer with the Order of Malta primarily caring for the sick and disabled and supporting the younger helpers.  As a qualified Addictions Counsellor (University of Bath) and accredited Recovery Coach, Joanna is an experienced practitioner who brings a good understanding of the problems faced by Nehemiah’s Residents.  Her professional background includes an established freelance career in film production, research, writing and administration.

Gavin Boyle

Gavin Boyle was appointed to the Board on 19th March 2018

Robert Atwater

Robert Atwater was appointed to the Board on 19th March 2018