Our Leadership Team is responsible for the day to day management of Nacro and brings together expertise from backgrounds in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Our Council of Trustees has overall responsibility for Nacro. With distinguished careers, they are motivated by Nacro’s remit to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the sustainability of the charity. Our governance structures provide a robust framework for accountability and Nacro’s Community Voice Council ensures our service users play a crucial role.


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


Lindsay Ryder

Director of Housing and Wellbeing

Lindsay joined as Housing and Wellbeing Director in February 2019.  Lindsay’s career started with front line support and then management roles in services for women leaving violence, homeless hostels, cold weather shelters, young people’s services and mental health services. She then spent 10 years in senior roles leading both housing, care and support operations and business development for One Housing Group, Look Ahead Care and Support and, most recently, Notting Hill Genesis.
LinkedIn: Lindsay Ryder


George Selmer

Director of Business Development

George Selmer joined us in January 2019 and leads the Business Development directorate. He brings experience from both the commercial and voluntary sectors, including work with social justice organisations. Throughout his career, he has helped social impact organisations to grow in a sustainable and ethical way. George’s most recent corporate role was as Business Development Director at G4S Employment Support Services. He was a Founding Director of ThinkWinDo, a consultancy set up to support and develop the sector.
LinkedIn: George Selmer Twitter: George Selmer


Azra Kirkby

Interim Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Azra joined Nacro in March 2019 after several years working as CFO and Resource Director and interim CEO at Real Life Options, a Learning Disability charity. Having worked within the third sector for over fifteen years, her previous roles include Leonard Cheshire Homes, the International Social and Health Care Charity. Azra has worked extensively within industry, as a Director at Capita and as Regional Finance Director at Persimmon. She is a fellow of the ICAEW and has worked as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse.
LinkedIn: Azra Kirkby