Our Team

 
 
 
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Founder

 
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Ralph Findlay
Founder and CEO

Ralph’s career has focused on business development, sales and marketing, gained in a variety of industries in the UK and overseas. With keen relational skills and a creative approach to business, Ralph has worked to develop partnerships which deliver seed changes and effectively reduce reoffending rates. Ralph supports graduates in gaining employment and accommodation, improving life skill capabilities. Often in the role of BLAST Caseworker, Ralph provides resettlement support with probation and immigration services.

 

Trustees

 

Dena Tyler
Trustee

Dena spent twenty years working in prison education, resettlement and corporate services. Her particular interest is business and community engagement. In 2015, she was made a Member of the British Empire for her work with business and the voluntary sector.  Dena retired from the Prison Service in March 2017.

 

Michael Hooley
Trustee

Mike spent a long career in the printing industry, twenty-eight years of which were in the United States. His career concluded with seven years as an independent print broker, prior to returning to England and semi-retirement.

Richard Silman
Chair of Trustees

Richard has worked in Market Research since 1982. He has been involved in media research for AGB, BMRB and Ipsos and has held various senior positions in each company. He is married with two children and is Chair of Trustees, in BLAST. Richard is now responsible for all CR/Sustainability in Ipsos Group.

 

Pam Hooley
Trustee

Pam spent a long career in an executive role with an international retailer. For the past several years, she has been involved in a number of area charitable functions.

 

Support

 

Blue Shirts

“Blue-Shirts” are our volunteer supporters who act as facilitators during the five-week programme in prison. During this time, they develop a strong bond with the prisoners and are often involved in supporting the prisoners after their release.

Caseworkers

BLAST caseworkers focus on supporting graduate offenders before and after their release from prison. They begin developing these relationships before their release and then meet with them after release to help them adjust to life after prison and to complete their transformational journey of reconciliation and resettlement.