Our Trustees


Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir Afzal was Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England and most recently was the chief executive of the country’s police and crime commissioners. He has many current senior roles. He is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisations, is advisor to the Welsh Government on gender-based violence and is the independent member of the Oxfam Safeguarding and Ethics Committee.

Richard Burrows
Richard is social work trained and has held a wide range of posts to a senior management level, across Local Authorities and the Voluntary Sector. Since 2008 he has undertaken consultancy work focusing on improvement and safeguarding at a national and regional level. He also runs a company providing independent complaint investigations. Richard has been Independent Chair since 2011 and is presently Independent Scrutineer for the Adults and Children Safeguarding Partnership in South Tyneside and Independent Advisor to the North Tyneside Children's Safeguarding Partnership.


Deborah Hodes

Deborah Hodes, is a Consultant Community Paediatrician and lead paediatrician at the Lighthouse, Camden. Deborah studied medicine at the Royal London Hospital and trained in paediatrics. Her first consultant post was in Hackney until she moved to UCLH in 2003; she was designated doctor for safeguarding in the London Borough of Camden from 2014 for six years. Deborah is a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and has an active role there. Her expertise lies safeguarding children, and in particular child sexual abuse and female genital mutilation.

Chris Miller
Chris is the chair of Harrow Safeguarding Partnership. He was police officer for 32 years before retiring as an Assistant Chief Constable in Hertfordshire in 2011. Since leaving the police he has worked in the fields of domestic violence, information technology, and offender rehabilitation. He is the treasurer for the association and leads on the associations links with the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.


Nasima Patel

Nasima is a Social Worker who has worked  in both the voluntary and statutory sector at Director level undertaking policy work,  developing and leading services for children and families over many years. Nasima led on the early development of services for sexually exploited and trafficked young people nationally for which she received a lifetime achievement award and then on a major change programme. Nasima has been working in Newham  for over two years on various programmes mainly related to early help, preventing exploitation, supporting the Covid response  and service improvement.
Nasima is keen to see a shift in children’s work from a reactive  response to families to a practice model that Is steeped in relationship based partnerships and one that is able to integrate the lived experience of families and communities especially  with regard to poverty, poor housing and discrimination at its centre.  


Jenny Pearce OBE

Jenny Pearce is an Independent Scrutineer with the London Borough of Havering. She was scrutineer and chair of the joint LSCP: London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 2017 to 2020. Her academic work as Professor of Young People and Public Policy at Bedfordshire University focuses on child exploitation and she is visiting professor with Goldsmiths College, London.


Recruiting Trustees

What TASP is looking for in a Trustee.

  • a commitment to the mission of TASP
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of TASP.

TASP is currently recruiting for Trustees. If you are interested in applying, please email alison@theAsp.org.uk.

A role description can be downloaded below.

TASP Trustee Role Description
(Microsoft Word Document)