Leadership Team
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Business Development Team
Nacro Community Voice (service user panel)
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Leadership Team

Jacob Tas

Jacob Tas

Chief Executive

Jacob joined us as Chief Executive in May 2014. He brings a wealth of experience from both the commercial and the charity sector. Prior to this, Jacob worked at Action for Children, as Executive Director of Operations/Deputy Chief Executive and Interim Chief Executive. Before that, he worked at The Prince’s Trust as Director England and prior to that he spent many years in the commercial sector at P&O Nedlloyd. Jacob is a board member of a pension fund, trustee of War Child, trustee of the Dutch Centre and a former Chair of Trustees of an inner London Steiner school. As well as being an accredited mediator, he is also a founding member of the Centre of Narrative Leadership.
LinkedIn: Jacob Tas Twitter: @MrJacobTas


Helen Berresford

Helen Berresford

External Engagement Director

Helen joined Nacro in October 2016 and leads the External Engagement Department of policy, public affairs and communications. After starting her career working in Parliament, Helen has spent the majority of her career in the voluntary sector working to improve policy and practice for disadvantaged young people and adults. Prior to Nacro, Helen worked at children’s charities Save the Children and 4Children and women’s charity Platform 51. She has successfully influenced Government policy across a range of areas including equality, childcare and poverty, and is passionate about encouraging disadvantaged people to speak out and advocate for themselves.
LinkedIn: Helen Berresford


Kate Jenkins

Human Resources and Organisational Development Director

Kate joined Nacro in February 2017. Kate has comprehensive experience across both the private and third sectors, operating in senior level and Director roles on strategic leadership, managing change, employee relations, business partnering and coaching and mentoring.
LinkedIn: Kate Jenkins


Lisa Capper

Principal and Director of Education and Skills

Lisa Capper joined us in November 2016. Lisa’s previous role was Vice Principal, Schools of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, a further education college, as well as Executive Director of the Midlands Academies Trust, which was established by the College.

Lisa also has significant third sector senior management experience, and has held senior roles in the civil service including at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Department for Education and Skills.
LinkedIn: Lisa Capper


Joanne Drew

Joanne Drew

Director of Housing

Joanne Drew joined us in September 2013. She leads the development and delivery of our housing business. We influence at a national and local level to highlight the housing and wellbeing needs of vulnerable people and to help shape a housing market that works for everyone.

As an experienced housing leader, she has worked across the UK for central regional and local government, for housing associations and charities, driving transformation and the delivery of better outcomes for people, places and communities. Joanne is a qualified member of the Chartered Institutes of Housing and Personnel and Development and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
LinkedIn: Joanne Drew


David Watson

Neil Thomas

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Neil joined Nacro in March 2016. Neil was Commercial Director for the North West European Outsourcing business in Siemens and, following TUPE, divisional CFO for the Financial Services Market at Atos UK. In those roles he was actively involved in driving improved contractual performance and winning/exiting contracts for business and IT services as well as for all aspects of financial planning, management, accounting and control. Prior to Siemens, Neil held various senior financial management roles in British Airways plc at or near Heathrow but with global responsibility. He is a chartered accountant, who originally trained with Price Waterhouse. In 2014, Neil moved into the not-for-profit sector and took up the role of Head of Finance and Services at the Royal Geographical Society, being an Oxford geography graduate and Fellow of the Society, and he joins us directly from the RGS.
LinkedIn: Neil Thomas


David Watson

David Watson

Director of Justice and Health

David joined Nacro in 2013. He has a background in criminal and social justice having previously worked for the Prison Service (leaving as a senior governing Governor), G4S as a Business Development Director and in a similar capacity at Reliance (now part of the Capita Group). In addition to strategic and operational delivery roles he has significant experience of bid management as well as the organic growth of contracts, contract mobilisation and implementation and the delivery of services. David has also provided support to a local charity working with the homeless and offenders and developing a social enterprise.

David has experience of managing multi disciplinary, virtual and cross-organisational teams and of working with partners, sub-contractors and commissioners. He has contributed to the procurement of over £1bn-worth of contracts during the course of his career.
LinkedIn: David Watson