The Executive Committee

The operation of the Sentencing Academy is overseen by its Executive Committee, currently comprising of Professor Julian Roberts and Dr Jonathan Bild. These Directors take the decisions in relation to the day-to-day running of the Academy and are responsible to the Board of Trustees for discharging its charitable objects.

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. Jon leads on all organisational matters at the Sentencing Academy.

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.

Elspeth Windsor

Research Associate

Elspeth Windsor is a doctoral candidate and ESRC/McDougal Law Scholar at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Formerly, Elspeth studied for the Bar as a Queen Mother Scholar (Middle Temple) at Cardiff University and completed a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice as a Kalisher Trust Scholar at Oxford. She has worked as a research assistant on a wide variety of projects and volunteered with a number of legal charities.

The Board of Trustees

The Sentencing Academy has five trustees:

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

Professor Nicola Padfield, Professor in Criminal and Penal Justice, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Criminal Justice

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

Mr Ian Brownhill, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

Mr Umar Azmeh, Solicitor, BCL Solicitors LLP

The Board of Trustees oversees the Executive Committee and, as all of the trustees have expertise in criminal law, criminology and sentencing, the Board provides valuable input into the operation of the Sentencing Academy.

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.