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 Restaurant Group – Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia, Abbaye, Amalfi, Oriel – 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. Kevin 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • Bojana Ignjatovic,

    is an economist and partner at RBB Economics, an economic consultancy specialising in the area of competition law. Prior to joining RBB, Bojana worked in the Government Economic Service. In addition to her professional work, Bojana is an occasional lecturer at Kings College London. She holds an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, London and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford.

  • Shabaz Mohammed,

    a Scot from Glasgow, started his career as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force having graduated in Mechanical Engineering. He has been involved in food supply chain procurement for the last 30 years in sectors of manufacturing, distribution, catering and latterly as Managing Director of food procurement specialists, Pelican Procurement Services. He has a personal interest in rehabilitation.

  • Jeremy Paxman,

    is arguably one of Britain’s most respected political journalists, renowned for his tough, rigorous interviewing of public figures. After graduating from Cambridge with a degree in English, he joined the BBC as a trainee in 1972 and began working in radio. He worked for BBC Television as a foreign correspondent and began reading the Six O’Clock news. His career has moved on and he is now best known for presenting Newsnight until 2014 and as question master on University Challenge.

  • 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 Restaurants 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.

  • Al Crisci,

    Founder, 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.

  • Debbie 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, gardens and cafe. 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,

    Director of Support Work & Mentoring. 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

  • Lady Edwina Grosvenor,

    Group Women’s Ambassador

High Down

  • Adam Simmonds,

    Chef Ambassador

  • Daniel Ayton,

    Chef Ambassador

  • Omero Gallucci,

    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 Goodwin-Allen,
    Chef Ambassador


  • Jackie Kearney,

    Chef Ambassador


  • John Amand,

    Horticulture Ambassador

  • Carol Sales,



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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.

ACT Clean

Admiral Group

Almond Pubs



Aqua Shard

Bar 44 Tapas y Copas



Bespoke Hotels

Big Easy Restaurants


Brasserie Blanc

Brown’s Hotel

Cafe Rouge

Cake Boy

Cardiff Masonic Hall


Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Chester Grosvenor Hotel


Clayton Hotel (Chiswick)

Cocorico Patisserie

Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel

Corbin & King

Compass Group

Copthorne Hotel Cardiff

Copthorne Tara Hotel

Coulsdon Manor Hotel

Courthouse Hotel

Crisis Cafe London

Crowne Plaza (Buckingham Gate/Docklands)

Crowne Plaza/BDL Hotels

D&D London

DeBaere Patisserie


Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush

DoubleTree by Hilton

Dunscar Garden Centre

E5 Bakehouse

Eden Project – Cornwall

Eureka Executive

Evolve Hospitality Recruitment


Garfunkel’s – Bath

Gatwick Airport

Gordon Ramsay Group

Green & Fortune

Hallmark Hotel Croydon

Handpicked Hotels

Harbour & Jones

Harrison Catering Services

Hawksmoor Restaurants


Hej Coffee Houses London

Hillbrooke Hotels

Hilton (Bankside/Croydon/Kensington/Park Lane)

Holiday Inn (London & Cardiff)

HOME Restaurant

Huggard Homeless Centre

Il Portico


ISS World

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen

Jamie’s Italian

Jupiter Hotels

K&K Hotel George

Knife and Fork Food

La Braseria – Swansea

Le Bab

Legacy Hotels

Lexington Catering

Lite Delights

Locanda Locatelli

Made of Dough

Malmaison Hotel

Marriott Hotels

Mercure Cardiff Holland House

Mitchells & Butlers


Mottram Hall, Cheshire

National Trust

National Union of Journalists

NH Hotels

Novotel Hammersmith

Oscars of Cowbridge

Park Plaza Hotels


Piebury Corner

Pizza Express

Premier Inn

Pret A Manger

Principal Hotels

Randall & Aubin

Redefine BDL Hotels



Royal Automobile Club


Royal Garden Hotel

Royal Lancaster London

S.A. Brains

Searcys/Carlton House Terrace


Six Storeys

Solstice – New Covent Garden

South Thames College

Splendid Hospitality

St James Court Hotel

St Martin in the Fields – Cafe in the Crypt


Transport for London

The Albion – Islington

The Bear Hotel – Cowbridge

The Black Bull Inn – Balsham

The Cavendish

The Cinnamon Club

The Clayton Hotel Cardiff

The Georgian House Hotel

The Hospital Club

The House of Barnabas

The Lanesborough London

The Malt House – Fulham

The New House Country Hotel

The Real Eating Company

The Red Lion Inn – Hinxton

The Ritz London

The Roof Gardens – Kensington

The Royal Foundation of St Katharine

The Royal Society

Troika Recruitment

The Vineyard

The Zetter Group


Virtuous Bread


Wales Millenium Centre



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:

  • ADINT Trust
  • Artemis Charitable Foundation
  • Booker
  • Bidfood
  • Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • Charles Hayward Foundation
  • Cleopatra Trust
  • David and Ruth Lewis Family Charitable Trust
  • DCR Allen Charitable Trust
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation
  • Esmee Fairbairn
  • Finlay and Sally Scott
  • G & E Pollitzer Charity
  • Gibbs Hybrid Workplace Solutions
  • Goldman Sachs young philanthropists
  • Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation  Service
  • Hospitality Action
  • Job Centre Plus
  • JP Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
  • ICAP
  • Lady Edwina Grosvenor
  • Lewis Family Trust
  • Lambeth Council
  • McGrath Charitable Trust
  • M & G Employee Fund
  • Newcore Capital Management LLP
  • Nina and Roger Stewart Charitable Trust
  • Pelican Procurement
  • Pinset Masons LLP
  • Porticus UK
  • Rumi Foundation
  • Sheriff’s and Recorder’s Fund
  • Simon Gibson Charitable Trust
  • Stable Events
  • The Bromley Trust
  • The City Bridge Trust
  • The Clothworkers Foundation
  • The Draper’s Charitable Fund
  • The Fagus Memorial Trust
  • The Fishmongers’ Company
  • The Gosling Foundation
  • The Henry Smith Charity
  • The Kestrelman Trust
  • The Masonic Charitable Fund
  • The Monday Charitable Trust
  • The Monument Trust
  • The Oglesby Charitable Trust
  • The Rank Foundation
  • The Rothschild Foundation
  • The Savoy Education Trust
  • The William Brake Fund
  • The Worshipful Company of Cooks
  • The Worshipful Company of Innholders
  • The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers
  • 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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