Who Makes it happen

  • Finlay Scott, Chairman,

    co-founded The Clink Charity in April 2010, he is also a Council Member of The Impetus Trust and advises an NHS trust. He is an entrepreneur and management consultant, having founded The Tragus Group in 2002, was Chairman of Whitecross Dental, Chairman and CEO of Aroma and has run and advised a variety of service, advertising, media and Hi-Tec companies.

  • Kevin McGrath OBE,

    Deputy Chairman, co-founded The Clink Charity in April 2010, is the High Sheriff for Greater London, Chairman of M&M Asset Management and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Kevin is a Freeman of the City of London and also Chairman of The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and Trustee of a number of other charities.

  • Tim Wates,

    Founder Trustee, started with Cazenove & Co and subsequently joined Wates Group, a family owned construction and development group with particular expertise in education, prisons, retail, office fit-out, housing and strategic land investment. Tim is Chairman of Wates Developments, Chairman of the Family Council and Chairman of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. He is also a small company non-executive director and investor and a trustee of several Wates family charities. Tim holds an MBA from Cambridge University.

  • Lady Edwina Grosvenor,

    Founder Trustee, read Criminology and Sociology at university before going on to work at HMP Styal and the House of Lords for the Bishop of Prisons. She is an Ambassador of the ‘No Way Trust’ and sits on the Women’s Advisory Board advising Government on reforms to the female prison estate. Edwina is involved with many organisations working to find better ways of punishing those who end up in prison with the overall aim of reducing reoffending.

  • Rosemary Davidson,

    graduated from Oxford with a BA Hons in Jurisprudence and then gained a distinction from University College London with an LLM in Public Law and Human Rights. Now a barrister specialising in extradition and public law, Rosemary has a particular focus on immigration, prison law and national security work.

  • Sir William Atkinson,

    has spent 42 years in education, 25 of which was spent running a number of schools in London. Currently trustee of the Lyric Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Research Autism, Governor of Tottenham University Technical College and member of the advisory boards at Kidzania and Enterprise for Science.

  • Chris Moore,

    Chief Executive of The Clink Charity, has over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and focuses on increasing awareness of the work and skills being developed at The Clink Restaurant as well as securing support from the industry and finding the necessary funds for expansion. Chris also sources knowledge and industry skills that can be passed on and shared with the trainees.

  • Alberto Crisci, MBE,

    Founder / Brand and Events Director, trained as a chef and worked at both the Mirabelle in London and Regent Crest hotel before running his own restaurant and wine bar. In 1994, Al joined HMP High Down as a chef and became catering manager in 1999. In 2005, Al conceived the idea of The Clink and in 2009, the first Clink Restaurant opened.

  • Deborah Whitworth,

    Finance Director, is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. After working in various multinational, professional and corporate organisations, she joined a small family business to take a more hands-on, advisory role. This experience is valuable to The Clink Charity to ensure that it has sound accountancy to support its growing operations.

  • Jane Sanderson,

    Director of Operations and Training, assumes overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the prisoner training restaurants and gardens. An experienced project manager with in-depth knowledge of the hospitality industry, Jane’s 27 years of experience with companies such as Elior, Goldman Sachs International, Harrods and Leith’s Catering is valuable to the continued growth of The Clink.

  • Mark Sillery,

    Mark joined the charity in 2013 after working in the homeless sector for six years. Prior to that he was a chef for over 20 years in hotels and restaurants around the UK so when the opportunity arose to combine both careers he felt it made perfect sense. Mark manages a team of support workers and is responsible for the development of the support & mentoring programme which is the most crucial element of The Clink programme.

Those invited to become Ambassadors kindly donate their time and expertise to the graduates in training by holding regular workshops in the kitchens and front-of-house.


  • Albert Roux OBE KFO,

    Group Chef Ambassador

  • Vic Laws MBE,

    Group Restaurant Ambassador

  • Dan Snow,

    Group Communications Ambassador

  • Daniel Galmiche,

    Group Sustainability Ambassador

  • Hugo Llewelyn,

    Group Fundraising Ambassador

  • Alison Cathie,

    Group Publishing Ambassador

  • Hugh Merrill MVO,

    Group Communications Ambassador

  • Graham Bamford,

    Group Mentoring Ambassador

High Down

  • Antonio Carluccio OBE,

    Chef Ambassador

  • Adam Simmonds,

    Chef Ambassador

  • Daniel Ayton,

    Chef Ambassador

  • Andrew Etherington,

    Restaurant Ambassador

  • Peter Bramich,

    Restaurant Ambassador


  • Sir Gareth Edwards CBE,

    Restaurant Ambassador

  • Will Holland,

    Chef Ambassador

  • Matt Tebbutt,

    Chef Ambassador

  • John Retallick,

    Restaurant Ambassador

  • Elspeth Dale,

    Restaurant Ambassador


  • Giorgio Locatelli,

    Chef Ambassador

  • Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL DBA,

    Chef Ambassador

  • Esher Williams,

    Restaurant Ambassador

  • Silvano Giraldin,

    Restaurant Ambassador


  • Thomasina Miers,

    Chef Ambassador

  • Lisa Allen,
    Chef Ambassador



  • John Amand,

    Horticulture Ambassador

Clink Events

  • Peter Avis,

    Events Ambassador

  • Prue Leith,

    Events Ambassador

  • Jules Heckman-Hughes,

    Events Ambassador

The Clink Restaurants run at a deficit and we are extremely grateful to all the customers who visit our High DownCardiff, Brixton and Styal restaurants. Our role is not only to educate prisoners, but also to play a part in the education of our diners and change their perception of prisoners.

In order for The Clink Charity to continue its work, we engage with employers within the hospitality industry to place ex-prisoners on internships or in permanent employment.

The Clink Charity receives support from numerous socially proactive charitable trusts, organisations, businesses and individuals and is grateful to the following people for their valued support:

  • AIDNT Trust
  • Artemis Charitable Foundation
  • Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • David and Ruth Lewis Family Charitable Trust
  • DCR Allen Charitable Trust
  • Esmee Fairbairn
  • Finlay and Sally Scott
  • G & E Pollitzer Charity
  • Goldman Sacs young philanthropists
  • Her Majesty’s Prison Service
  • Hospitality Action
  • Job Centre Plus
  • JP Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
  • Lady E Grosvenor
  • Lambeth Council
  • McGrath Charitable Trust
  • Newcore Capital Management LLP
  • Pelican Procurement
  • Pinset Masons LLP
  • Porticus UK
  • Rumi Foundation
  • Sackler Foundation
  • Sheriff’s and Recorder’s Fund
  • The Savoy Education Trust
  • The Bromley Trust
  • The City Bridge Trust
  • The Gosling Foundation
  • The Henry Smith Charity
  • The Kestrelman Trust
  • The Monday Charitable Trust
  • The Monument Trust
  • The Oglesby Charitable Trust
  • The Rank Foundation
  • The Rothschild Foundation
  • The William Brake Fund
  • The Worshipful Company of Innholders
  • The Worshipful Company of Weavers
  • Wates Foundation
  • Westminster Foundation
  • Wilmslow Town Council

We are extremely grateful for all the other donations not listed above.

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