About us Governance

Our Senior Team comprises a dedicated group of people who can call upon decades of invaluable experience in offender learning.

Between them, the members of our Senior Team have spent a number of years working across a range of key roles within the organisation, supporting children, young people and adults in custody and the community. The expertise they bring to Novus is vital in our mission to improve lives and economic success through learning and skills, and our journey to becoming thought leaders in the justice sector.

With ambitious growth plans in place, we can strive to put even more offenders on the path to a crime-free future.

Peter Cox, Managing Director of Novus

Our Governors

Cllr Sue Murphy CBE

Sue has been an elected member of Manchester City Council since 1995. She is a Labour and Co-operative Party Councillor, representing Brooklands Ward in Wythenshawe. She is also Deputy Leader of the Council, and has held that position since 2010.

Sue brings extensive experience across key areas: the regional skills sector, public sector reform and the devolution agenda. Sue was made a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016 for her political and public service.

Sue is also a member of the Local Government Association's Resources Board and leads on European Funding for the LGA, as well as Employment and Skills. She is also chair of trustees of MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health).

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Board member
Barry Lynch

Barry retired as Chairman and CEO of The Sutton Group after spending 38 years building up the group and employing more than 800 people.

Until retirement, Barry was a Fellow of both The Chartered Institute of Secretaries and The Institute of Directors. After his retirement he retained the Chair of The Riverside Charitable Trust Ltd.

Barry is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Companies of Pattenmakers in The City of London and is also a Freeman of the City of London.

Barry is also a governor of Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School where he Chairs the Buildings and Health and Safety Committees.

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Board member
Philip Johnson

Philip was previously a senior partner in the Deloitte UK firm. He was also an elected member of the Deloitte UK Board of Partners.

Philip was the President of the Federation of European Accountants. He was also a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board Consultative Advisory Group and the International Ethics Standards Board Consultative Advisory Group. Philip is currently a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in the US.

Philip was a non-executive director of Yorkshire Building Society, where he also chaired the Audit Committee. He is a seconded member of the Audit Committee of Wellcome Trust and is a non-executive director of Lakeland Limited. He also chairs the board of governors of Cheadle Hulme School.


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Board member
Kate Macdonald

Kate has a degree in English language and literature. In 1986, Kate returned to university to train as a probation officer and qualified with a CQSW in 1988. In 1989 she was awarded an MA (econ).

Kate’s career was in the Greater Manchester Probation Service for the next fifteen years where she held a variety of roles before becoming District Manager responsible for Stockport and Trafford.

In 2003, Kate moved to Stockport Council as Head of Youth Offending Services she then later held the post of Head of Youth Offending in Manchester.

In May 2011, Kate moved to the voluntary sector where she was Chief Executive of the Young People’s Support Foundation.

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Board member
Frances Done CBE

Between 1991 and 1998 Frances Done served as a Director of Finance and later Chief Executive of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council.

From 2003 to 2006 Frances was Managing Director for Local Government, Housing and Criminal Justice at the Audit Commission with responsibility for the Commission’s audit and inspection work in relation to local government in England.

Frances is a Chartered Accountant whose career has spanned public, private and third sectors. Frances served as Chair of the Youth Justice Board between 2008 and 2014.

Frances was also Chief Executive of Manchester 2002 - the Organising Committee of the successful XVII Commonwealth Games.


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Board member
Monica Brij

Monica is a partner at Nabarro LLP. She specialises in commercial property and has some 15 years of experience in this field: more particularly in complex real estate and development projects.

Monica began her legal career in London, working at Linklaters and Macfarlanes before relocating to Manchester in 2007. Monica studied at The Queen’s School Chester, The University of Cambridge and York Law School.

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Managing Director
Peter Cox

Peter joined us in 1994 and has held several senior positions within the organisation during this time.  With a background in business development, Peter held the position of Vice Principal of Offender Learning prior to beginning his current role of Managing Director.

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