The RISE leadership team

Find out about our Board of Directors and non-executive directors below, and their diverse areas of expertise that help to shape RISE.


Kuljit is the Managing Director of RISE Mutual CIC. She was integral in the development of the Company prior to its spin out from the London Probation Trust, a statutory criminal justice agency. She has always maintained a belief that people, with right support, can make positive changes in their lives, and was drawn to the probation service. She worked as a Probation Officer in Lambeth in the mid-1990’s and also took the opportunity to initiate a number of projects, one of which looked at the delivery of cognitive behavioural theory based programmes. When this approach was fully adopted in London, Kuljit moved to more strategic and executive leadership positions, specialising in domestic abuse, diversity and equality issues, mentoring services and group work interventions aimed at reducing reoffending.

As the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reform programme moved towards the establishment of diverse delivery of offender services, Kuljit became inspired to seize the opportunities this brought about to further develop the effectiveness of probation-based education and as a result, formed RISE Mutual, a Community Interest Company. RISE won a substantial contract to deliver interventions on behalf of the London Community Rehabilitation Company, and overnight became the largest provider of offender programmes in Europe. Kuljit is building a brave and innovative organisation, passionate about developing and delivering new approaches to assist disadvantaged people with complex, human problems.

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Kelly has a background of almost 20 years in the voluntary and community sector. She has been a Director, Deputy Director and Head of Operations & Resources, and has key skills in operations, business development and service delivery. Kelly is committed to social justice, human rights and equality and has worked for a variety of organisations including Prisoners’ Education Trust, Australian Red Cross and CGL. Kelly has also sat on a number of boards including Women’s Resource Centre, Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard and Liberty. Kelly has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management (specialising in grant making, philanthropy and social investment) from Cass Business School, London.

After developing her early career in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, Clare began working for London Probation Trust (LPT).

As a senior manager in the Business Development Unit, Clare gained extensive experience of new business development, contract and project management and supply chain development. She worked with partners across the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sectors to establish a consortium to reduce re-offending.

In 2012, Clare became the Performance Improvement Manager for the Interventions Department of the LPT where she had responsibility for overseeing the performance of Domestic Abuse and Sex Offender programme teams. She developed and implemented strategies aimed at delivering excellence and oversaw the strategic direction of income generating commercial projects.

Clare is a professional life and business coach as well as a Neuro Linguistic Programme practitioner.


Ian Holborn joins RISE after a 20-year career in the industrial sector and with an aim to introduce commercial thinking into community and public services. His career has included a number of years working for Unilever and Bird’s Eye before moving into further and higher education. After working with a number of colleges, Ian became Deputy CEO and Chief Finance Officer of the Manchester College Group.

Ian’s passion for helping ‘hard to reach’ and disadvantaged families and communities is what attracts him to RISE. His experience with Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity where Ian is a Trustee, works with clients, many of whom are in the criminal justice system.

Paul is a qualified Solicitor Advocate and an accredited mediator. He is the former Governance Director for London Probation Trust. He has substantial experience working in the criminal justice and local government sectors as a practising solicitor and as a member of a senior leadership team. Paul’s experience expands from corporate governance, company secretary services, corporate employment law to commercial practice.

Paul has worked with a range of partners and stakeholders from the public, private and voluntary sector; gaining a national profile through his work with the Probation Institute and the Probation Chiefs Association. He is experienced in the use of technical legal skills and knowledge to resolve organisational challenges; particularly in the support of HR professionals, business innovators and change managers. Paul is a volunteer community mediator in London.

RISE Partnership Trust

Odile Slynn, Lady Slynn of Hadley is a French-born British humanitarian, philanthropist and peeress, involved in several organisations advocating children’s rights and wildlife preservation. She is the founder and chairman of the British branch of Child In Need India (CINI) and former chairman of the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA). She is the widow of Gordon Slynn, Baron Slynn of Hadley.

Born in Paris, she moved to London in 1959, where she trained as a nurse at Hammersmith Hospital. She taught French at the University of Buckingham from 1980 until 2000.

She has been a member of the Board of Visitors for HMP Grendon / Springhill; a member of the Parole Board (1988–1992) and chairman of its Awarding Committee from 1999. She has been Honorary Secretary to the British Moroccan Society since 1985.

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