People

Professor Julian Roberts

Executive Director

j.roberts@sentencingacademy.org.uk

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

Deputy DIRECTOR

j.bild@sentencingacademy.org.uk

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

c.akinsanya@sentencingacademy.org.uk

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.

Anna Draper

Sentencing academy/kalisher trust intern

Anna graduated with a Law LLB in 2018. Since then, she has done an MA in Legal and Political Theory at UCL and was called to the Bar in July 2021 after doing the Bar Practice Course at ULaw Bloomsbury. Anna undertook a placement from January to March 2020 at the Capital Habeas Unit within the Federal Public Defenders office for the Northern District of Texas, working on post-conviction appeals in death penalty cases. She is now working as Training & Casework Coordinator at Amicus alongside her role at the Sentencing Academy. Anna is aiming to secure a criminal pupillage in 2022.

The Board of Trustees

The Sentencing Academy has four trustees:

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

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.