Our Patrons

Chief Executive


Annie Sheppard

Annie Shepperd is the Chief Executive of Salix Finance, a not for profit company funded by Government to reduce carbon emissions in the public sector by funding energy efficiency. Prior to this role Annie was the Chief Executive of Southwark Council and  Annie has worked in local government for the majority of her career. Annie's career included being a Director of Social Services in Bath and in Liverpool. 

Annie's career in social work has resulted in her life long commitment to supporting organisations which promote the welfare and well being of children and hence her support for LFF. Annie supports other voluntary organisations. 

David Ramsbotham, Baron Ramsbotham

General David John Ramsbotham, Baron Ramsbotham GCB, CBE is a retired British Army officer, who later served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons.  He was awarded a life peerage in 2005, and now sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords.

Dr Michael Marett-Crosby

Dr. Michael Marett-Crosby obtained an M.A. and D.Phil from Oxford University and trained as a Catholic priest.  He has published works of non-fiction and has won several short story prizes. Since 2010, he has worked for the growth of civil society and democracy in Burma. He serves as a Trustee of the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Trust for Health and Education, The Rangoon General Hospital Reinvigoration Charitable Trust, Prospect Burma and the Tekkatho Foundation, and is a Director of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival. He frequently travels to Burma to advance health and education projects in the country.

Richard Monk CMG OBE QPM

Richard Monk CMG OBE QPM was a founder trustee of the Foundation and succeeded Baroness Faithfull as Chair of the Foundation’s trustees in 1996 until appointed by Kofi Annan to be the Police Commissioner of the UN International Police Task Force in Bosnia in 1998. Previously, a Commander at New Scotland Yard, he created the first Paedophile Squad in the UK and his dramatic speech to journalists at the 1990 annual conference of the Association of Chief Police Officers on the extent of sexual abuse of children being uncovered by investigators and clinicians marked a water shed in the ability of victims to be heard, the extent of offending to be more publicly known and led to the formal training of dedicated police and social workers. He subsequently worked for both the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe overseeing police assistance programmes in the former Balkans and in the Soviet countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, a frequent aim of which was to prevent the trafficking of females for sexual crime.

Sir Richard Tilt

Following a period teaching in Stockholm and Nottingham, Sir Richard started his career in the Prison Service as Assistant Governor in 1966.  He was Governor of a number of prisons including Bedford and Gartree rising to Director General of the Prison Service in 1995. Sir Richard retired from the Prison Service in 1999 and in the same year was appointed a Knight Bachelor.
From 1999 – 2000, he was Chairman of Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust, prior to taking up post as Chairman of Northamptonshire Health Authority in April 2000. In 2002 he was appointed chairman of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority. He left this post in 2006. He was a member of the Sentencing Advisory Panel from 1999 – 2002. In December 2000 Sir Richard was appointed as Social Fund Commissioner for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He held this post until 2009. Between 2001 and 2010 he was a Governor of De Montfort University. He is also Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee and Chairman of the Portman Group’s Independent Complaints Panel. Sir Richard was appointed Independent of IWF Chair in January 2012.