Our Team

We support some of the most vulnerable people across the Thames Valley and beyond and have previously been described as ‘doing that really difficult work but with an interesting edge.     We are only able to do this because of our people, who through their sheer drive and commitment to improve the lives of others,  give us ability to punch above our weight and achieve outstanding results where larger organisations with greater resources often cannot.

Our Trustees, an army of volunteers, skilled and dedicated staff and the many and varied supporters enable us to envision, and bring to life, sustainable solutions that make the difference.

Our Trustee Board

We are fortunate to have an incredibly strong Board of Trustees who bring together considerable experience and give freely of their time and expertise;  they are absolutely essential to our work and underpin everything we do. Between them they offer invaluable insight  from a variety of backgrounds including criminal justice agencies, local government, the corporate and voluntary sectors and academia.  As well as the wider support to the Partnership in general, several of them also sit on individual Strategy Groups, sharing their knowledge and advice to help inform the services we delivery.  The current Chair, who joined in 2015, is Kenneth MacRitchie.

Staff Team

Since the Partnership was established in 1993, we have seen a steady increase in growth. We currently employ between 50-60 full or part time staff. They work on our direct service delivery or in a wider capacity, supporting the head office functions.  Many of the team work remotely, with some based at the Partnership head office in the picturesque hamlet of Aston Sandford, Buckinghamshire. Collectively the team brings together  a range of experience and diverse skills.  All however  share a  commitment to building better futures for our service users and working in partnership to share best practice.    Our staff profiles include our CEO, Service Delivery Managers and back office team  – but we have many more staff who are just amazing every day…

Committed Volunteers

We have a strong and growing band of trained and supported volunteers who help us deliver our services as well as assisting in other areas of the organisation. Without them we simply could not reach all those we desperately need our support. Guided by one of our Caseworkers or a programme team member, we currently have around 70 volunteers who either provide mentoring or support to our victims, offenders or to the young people in our mentoring programme.

Their dedication, time and empathy improves the lives of others every day – and we know that for the majority of volunteers they find this a very enriching experience which often brings new meaning and gratitude to their own lives.

Contact emma@thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk for an informal chat or to find out more about volunteering roles with us.

“   I started volunteering because I felt I still had something to give, at a time when I couldn’t get employment. Mentoring with New Leaf was one of my best decisions. It gave me a real sense of job satisfaction. Our mentees are often from very difficult backgrounds, and have not been shown a lot of care in life, which can lead to a mistrust of authority. They are often surprised to learn that we ARE voluntary, and are there because we want to be.
This makes for not only a good mentoring relationship, but a mutual respect for each other”


Volunteering can be an emotionally tough role, yet the rewards can be huge. Seeing your actions and involvement making a tangible difference is the greatest job satisfaction:

• Meet new people

• Be part of a supportive and genuine staff team

• Make a real difference to someone

• Gain an invaluable insight into a world you may never have realised existed

• Build experience that can have a positive impact on your life

More than the sum of its parts.”