About us Governance

Our Senior Team comprises a dedicated group of people who can call upon decades of invaluable experience in offender learning.

Between them, the members of our Senior Team have spent a number of years working across a range of key roles within the organisation, supporting children, young people and adults in custody and the community. The expertise they bring to Novus is vital in our mission to improve lives and economic success through learning and skills, and our journey to becoming thought leaders in the justice sector.

With ambitious growth plans in place, we can strive to put even more offenders on the path to a crime-free future.

Peter Cox, Managing Director of Novus

Our Governors

Cllr Sue Murphy CBE

Sue has been an elected member of Manchester City Council since 1995. She is a Labour and Co-operative Party Councillor, representing Brooklands Ward in Wythenshawe. She is also Deputy Leader of the Council, and has held that position since 2010. Her current responsibilities include Public Service Reform, international links, social inclusion and equalities. Previous portfolios include Finance and Resources, and Employment and Skills. 

Sue brings extensive experience across key areas: the regional skills sector, public sector reform and the devolution agenda. Sue was made a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016 for her political and public service.

Sue is also a member of the Local Government Association's Resources Board and leads on European Funding for the LGA, as well as Employment and Skills. She is also chair of trustees of MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health). 

Previous jobs include working for a newspaper, and for a Member of the European Parliament.

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External member
Barry Lynch

Barry retired as Chairman and CEO of The Sutton Group after spending 38 years building up the group and employing more than 800 people. The group has moved away from its footwear manufacturing base and is now one of the country’s leading retailers under the ‘Wynsor’ banner, whilst their import companies supply most of the top UK stores. 

After his retirement Barry retained the Chair of The Riverside Charitable Trust Ltd, which is responsible for donations to local and national charities as well as being a major shareholder of the group. 

Until retirement, Barry was a Fellow of both The Chartered Institute of Secretaries and The Institute of Directors. 

Barry is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Companies of Pattenmakers in The City of London and is also a Freeman of the City of London. 

Barry is also a governor of Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School where he Chairs the Buildings and Health and Safety Committees. 

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External member
Philip Johnson

Philip was previously a senior partner in the Deloitte UK firm. Philip retired in 2007 after being a partner for 30 years, specialising in audit, mergers and acquisitions. He was an elected member of the Deloitte UK Board of Partners and the first chairman of the firm’s Audit Committee.

During the two years 2002 to 2004, Philip had the primary responsibility for integrating the clients, partners and staff of Arthur Andersen UK (AA) into Deloitte, and chaired the board sub-committee responsible for converting Deloitte into Deloitte LLP. He was head of Quality and Risk Management for the UK audit practice of Deloitte from 2003 until his retirement from the firm in 2007.

Philip was the President of the Federation of European Accountants (FEE) during 2011 and 2012. He was also a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board Consultative Advisory Group (IAASB CAG) and the International Ethics Standards Board Consultative Advisory Group (IESBA CAG). Philip is currently a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in the US.

From May 2007 to April 2015, Philip was a non-executive director of Yorkshire Building Society, where he also chaired the Audit Committee. He is a seconded member of the Audit Committee of Wellcome Trust and is a non-executive director of Lakeland Limited, a retail kitchenware company based in the Lake District. He also chairs the board of governors of Cheadle Hulme School, a large independent day school in Cheshire and is a trustee of the Rugby Football Foundation, the charitable arm of the Rugby Football Union.

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Kate Macdonald

Kate graduated from Manchester University in 1982 with a degree in English language and literature. She then undertook a sabbatical role in the students’ union before becoming a volunteer with the Probation Service. 

In 1986, Kate returned to university to train as a probation officer and qualified with a CQSW in 1988. In 1989 she was awarded an MA (econ). 

Kate’s career was in the Greater Manchester Probation Service for the next fifteen years where she held a variety of roles before becoming District Manager responsible for Stockport and Trafford. 

In 2003, Kate moved to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council as Head of Youth Offending Services. Here she was successful in achieving significant performance improvement before taking up the post of Head of Youth Offending in Manchester. Kate had lead roles in areas such as gun gang crime, safeguarding and reducing the use of custody. 

In May 2011, Kate moved to the voluntary sector where she was Chief Executive of the Young People’s Support Foundation, a charity working with youth homelessness.

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External member
Frances Done CBE

Frances Done is a Chartered Accountant whose career has spanned public, private and third sectors.

Frances served as Chair of the Youth Justice Board between 2008 and 2014. The Youth Justice Board was responsible for overseeing the youth justice system in England and Wales and commissioning the secure estate for young people held in custody. 

Frances was also Chief Executive of Manchester 2002 - the Organising Committee of the successful XVII Commonwealth Games - which generated a significant economic, sporting and cultural legacy for the city of Manchester. 

From 2003 to 2006 Frances was Managing Director for Local Government, Housing and Criminal Justice at the Audit Commission with responsibility for the Commission’s audit and inspection work in relation to local government in England.

Between 1991 and 1998 she served first as Director of Finance and later Chief Executive of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council. 

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External member
Monica Brij

Monica is a partner at Nabarro LLP. She specialises in commercial property and has some 15 years of experience in this field: more particularly in complex real estate and development projects.

Monica began her legal career in London, working at Linklaters and Macfarlanes before relocating to Manchester in 2007. Monica studied at The Queen’s School Chester, The University of Cambridge and York Law School.

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Managing Director
Peter Cox

Peter joined us in 1994 and has held several senior positions within the organisation during this time, prior to beginning his current role of Managing Director. With a background in business development, Peter held the position of Vice Principal of offender learning. He was promoted to Director of Commercial Development in 2013.

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