Professor Julian Roberts

Executive Director

Julian V. Roberts is a Professor of Criminology in the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford and former member of the Sentencing Council of England and Wales (2009-2018). He was an advisor to the American Law Institute Model Penal Code Sentencing Project and has been a Visiting Professor at: the Faculty of Law, University of Ferrara; Haifa Global Law School; School of Law, Kings College; the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge; the Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto; the School of Criminology, Catholic University of Leuven and the Department of Criminology, Université Libre de Bruxelles. His research and teaching interests include: Sentencing; Public Opinion; and the Criminal Process

Dr Jonathan Bild


Before joining the Sentencing Academy, Jon held a variety of teaching positions between 2011-19 at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, where he primarily taught courses on criminal justice. He was awarded his PhD by the same institution in 2014, with a thesis examining the evolution of sentencing for murder in England and Wales.

Sarah McManus

director of operations

Sarah has worked for over 27 years in senior positions within social housing and the charitable sector across the North East and Yorkshire. Prior to joining the Sentencing Academy she was CEO for almost seven years of an outreach and prevention charity in Teesside where she was a passionate ambassador for social change and access to justice for some of the most marginalised and discriminated women, families and young people in the region.

Cynthia Akinsanya

Public Engagement Manager

Before joining the Sentencing Academy, Cynthia worked in the not-for-profit sector for regional, national and international charities for almost 20 years. She has been a magistrate since 2008 in the adult courts. As the Public Engagement Manager, Cynthia leads on cultivating relationships between the Sentencing Academy and the magistracy, schools and voluntary organisations.

The Board of Trustees

The Sentencing Academy has seven trustees:

Professor Mike Hough, Emeritus Professor, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

Umar Azmeh, Solicitor, BCL Solicitors LLP

Ian Brownhill, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

Bethany Currie, Senior Researcher for Alex Cunningham MP

Gregor Donaldson, Writer, Editor and Law Student

Dr Hannah Quirk, Reader in Criminal Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

Orla Slattery, Lecturer, Nottingham Law School

The Sentencing Academy’s advisers

The Sentencing Academy is supported by a number of advisers. Advisers are appointed on an ad hoc basis and their input into the Academy’s work varies according to their expertise and the need of the Academy’s work programme.

Through their expertise and experience, advisers provide advice and guidance to the Academy which directly impacts the work undertaken by the Sentencing Academy. In particular, advisers influence the subject and direction of the Academy’s research projects.