Somerset Community Justice Partnership - "Giving Victims a Voice"

DATE : Wed 29th January 2020 | EMAIL : | PHONE : 01935 415732


The Trustee Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation. We define who we are as an organisation, our aspirations for future development, and how we aim to get there. To put our work into context we set out national, regional and local developments in RJ that necessarily affect us. We also look at how we are doing so far which in turn informs the decisions we make about our future.


We have a wealth of experience on our Trustee Board but always welcome more. We have the facility to co-opt members to help us with projects, work groups or special events. So if you have an expertise or knowledge that you would like to share please get in touch. Here are some ideas....

PR, IT, Training, Accounts, Criminal Justice Policy, Social Policy, Media, Presentation Skills, Youth Work, Teaching, Education Policy, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Strategic Management....

We are also interested in developing the role of Community RJ Ambassador would you like to help?


Emma Bourne (Chair)

Emma joined the Board of Trustees as Chair and guided it through its transition to becoming the Somerset Community Justice Partnership. Emma runs her own businesses as well as working and advising in others. She has served as a District Councillor which has proved invaluable experience to the Partnership. She is a qualified Sailing Official which takes her abroad to officiate at International Regattas. Emma is also qualified to facilitate RJ Conferences. Emma is rarely seen without Merlin her little black dog who frequently challenges her authority!

John Gallagher

John joined the Royal Navy as a boy seaman in 1945 aged 16. He first went to sea in January 1947 in the cruiser Ajax (of River Plate fame). He served in the frigate Alacrity during the Korean war and spent many years in the Far East throughout his career. John also served in the Mediterranean, South Africa, Australia and Persian Gulf. John retired from the RN in 1982 as a Commander. On leaving the RN, worked for Westland plc for 15 years.

John is an extremely experienced and practiced Restorative Justice Conference Facilitator and has guided much of our recent development.

Lawrence Dunning (Treasurer)

Before moving to the area Lawrence was the assistant accountant for the luxury hotel division of a multi-national company. He now specializes in installing accounting and reporting programs for private clients, small and medium-sized businesses and charities. He has set up and handed over accounting and reporting programs for more than 40 start-up businesses.

For the last ten years, as Treasurer of four Divisions of SSAFA, the major national Service and ex-Service charity, Lawrence has produced audited accounts. He is proud that he work has frequently withstood the scrutiny of Price Waterhouse Cooper and the Charities Commission among others!

Patricia Cook

Patricia has a long well established ties in Somerset. Her professional career was in in banking and latterly in a Plant Hire business. Patricia was a senior member of the Somerset Magistrates Bench for thirty five years sitting on many management committees She also held many officer positions on the bench before her recent retirement. Patricia is a pst President of the Yeovil Chamber of Trade and Commerce was Vice President for many years. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for a special needs school.

Tom Douglas

Tom is a Youth Justice Worker with the Somerset Youth Offending Team. Having worked with vulnerable young people his entire professional life, he now acts as the lead for ‘Victims and Restorative Justice’ within the South Somerset area. Tom is passionate about restorative justice and the transformative impact it can have on both victims and offenders.