Justice Prince Directors and Staff


Company Director Julie Cruddas

Julie is one of the founding company directors of Justice Prince CIC.

Julie brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and skill to the organisation with over 25 years’ experience of working at the “coal face”. Julie is passionate and committed to tackling social, economic and environmental inequalities and has an exemplar track record. Julie has extensive experience of training delivery and project management in wide and varied contexts at local, regional, national and international levels. Over many years Julie has deepened her learning and understanding of participatory methodologies including Training for Transformation, a dynamic process of action reflection learning that raises consciousness of behaviours and attitudes and supports positive personal social development that links to local and wider society.

Julie has proven success of fundraising and managing large budgets including European funds.

Julie is totally committed when working to tackle social injustice and has extensive experience of engaging and retaining the most excluded disadvantaged individuals including young people (NEET) in action reflection based alternative curriculum learning programmes. Julie has excellent communication skills and possesses the necessary attributes to support those with multi-faceted complex needs into positive progression. Julie has vast experience of 1:1 mentoring, coaching and support with proven results.

Previous employment includes Youth Worker - North Tyneside Council; Youth & Community Development Worker - Howdon Development Trust, Project Co-ordinator Wansbeck Initiative Centre (Unemployed Centre) National Inclusion Co-ordinator – UK Youth Parliament,  Regional Director – Action to Regenerate Trust which included international development work.

Key skills include:

  • Community Development
  • Working with all ages NEET
  • Designing, implementing & delivering bespoke projects
  • Project Performance Management Frameworks
  • Fundraising
  • Budget monitoring
  • Monitoring & evaluation
  • Mentoring – 1-1 bespoke
  • Mapping community assets
  • Bespoke training design & delivery
  • Building effective partnerships e.g. private, public and voluntary sectors

Key areas of interest include:

  • The career development of disadvantaged people
  • Improving life chances of those most disadvantaged
  • Building upon Community Assets
  • Social value
  • Equality - implications for career development/life opportunities
  • Widening participation
  • International networks
  • Personal, local and wider social/economic & environmental development
  • Tackling issue of social injustice
  • Migration and Refugees
  • Learning from others
  • Sharing experience

Company Director / Company Secretary Karen Clark

Karen is one of the founding company directors of Justice Prince CIC.

Karen has over 30 years practical experience as a practitioner in community development, youth work, teaching and training. Karen has in depth experience of work in deprived neighbourhoods working with all sectors of disadvantaged/excluded groups and individuals. This includes vast experience of work within different sectors and at varied levels e.g. local, regional, national and international levels and within public, private and third sector contexts.

Karen has a strong proven successful track record and experience of organisation / project management and development including financial management of varied funding streams and large budgets, extensive experience in provision of management, support supervision and mentoring to staff and volunteers from varied disciplines e.g. development workers, teachers, trainers, youth workers, volunteers and also learners of all ages including young people. Past employment includes management and supervisory roles e.g. Senior Officer Durham County Council, Project Manager Battle Hill Community Development Project, Youth Worker North Tyneside Council.

As a qualified experienced teacher and trainer Karen has employment experience within local government, schools and colleges delivering curriculum subjects at GCSE and A level and also within informal adult educational establishments.

Karen has vast experience in development and delivery of social action and empowerment programmes within community contexts. Karen is passionate about valuing and validating the experience, knowledge and skills of local people and has in depth knowledge and experience of human centred participatory methods e.g. Training for Transformation. This is a dynamic action reflection methodology that raises individual and group consciousness supporting positive personal / social development and empowerment. Experience includes international development work e.g. 6 months in South Africa working with women from across the African continent.

Karen is also qualified / experienced in social research methods and project evaluation and has designed and delivered varied community based research projects with local people at the heart of the process e.g. training local people  / young people to carry out research in their own neighbourhoods e.g. Local Conversations Longbenton, Barriers to Employment: Young Peoples Peer Research Project in North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Newcastle.

Qualifications include: MSc Social Research, BSc (Hons) Sociology – First Class, Teaching Certificate, Information Advice and Guidance - Level 4, and a wide range of practise related certificates including professional development courses e.g. LSIS Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment Support, Supervision & Mentoring, varied training in Equalities and Diversity including Safeguarding, Standardisation, Internal Verification.
Karen was elected as ward councillor for Longbenton ward, North Tyneside in May 2015.

Key skills include:

  • Community Development & Youth Work
  • Practical skills in work with all sectors of the community
  • Teaching & Training
  • Design & Delivery of Bespoke Engagement & Learning programmes
  • Social Research – Design, Development & Delivery
  • Participatory Methods of Engagement, Research, Development
  • Evaluation, Monitoring, Reflection
  • Project Management, Performance Management Frameworks
  • Mentoring, Support & Supervision
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising
  • Partnership Development
  • IAG

Key areas of interest include:

  • Empowerment of excluded sectors/individuals
  • Development of bespoke social action programmes
  • Action Reflection methodologies
  • Learning Circles / Peer learning
  • Social value
  • Influencing Policy / Impact of Policy on most disadvantaged
  • Sharing experience & learning from best practise
  • Network development at varied levels
  • Migration / Refugees
  • Health Inequalities
  • Democracy - Role of local people / communities in decision making processes
  • Local Government

Development Manager / Horticulture Tutor & Assessor Stan Timmins

Stan started his career as an apprentice in Felling Parks Department in Gateshead and built up a wealth of experience as well as gaining numerous qualifications throughout his career at Askham Bryan College in Yorkshire, the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and Northumbria University.

An expert in garden design, arboriculture, nursery work and all aspects of amenity horticulture, he worked for many years in Newcastle Parks Department where he won gold and silver awards at RHS Tatton Park, BBC Gardeners World, and RHS Chelsea. His RHS Chelsea design depicting the Lindisfarne Gospels is now permanently displayed on Holy Island.

He has had a long association with the BBC broadcasting gardening advice for the past 30 plus years on BBC Newcastle.

Company Director / Chair Person Linda A. Whitworth

Linda has a vast wealth of knowledge, experience, qualifications and practical skills in development work both here in the UK and internationally. 

Linda has over 20 years employment experience in humanitarian operations and international development work with the United Nations (UNICEF) working on various assignments including work in Denmark, Kenya and Iraq. 

Linda also has over 10 years experience in local community development in East Howdon. Linda is Trustee of East Howdon Community Association (registered charity) and has worked tirelessly to support development of the organisation and neighbourhood improvements over many years.

Linda is committed to supporting locally led initiatives, encouraging the active engagement and empowerment of local people in developing appropriate solutions to the many problems they face.   

Company Director Ken Dobson

Newcastle born and bred, Ken returned to the North East in 1989 after several years based in London working in the Shipping Industry which took him to work in a number of countries around the world.  After a period as a full time carer, Ken’s efforts to return to the workplace brought him to Justice Prince under the Future Jobs Fund Scheme. Ken has stayed with the company since his initial six month contract ended.

Having developed a wide range of skills through his experiences, both in previous employment and voluntary work, Ken now has responsibility for running the Employability Hub Drop In sessions in addition to assisting with the general administration of the company.


Karen Clark

Chief Executive Officer

Julie Cruddas

Development Manager

Stan Timmins

Horticulture Tutor/Assessor

Brooke Ritson

Apprentice Community & Youth Worker (Local Conversations)

Helen Parry

Community Connector (Local Conversations)

Austin Girdlestone

Job Coach (Wise Steps)

Chris Orrick

Job Coach (Wise Steps)

Annmarie Padden

Administrator (Local Conversations & Wise Steps)