Our Trustees


Lady Val Corbett

Lady Val Corbett was a journalist on national newspapers, national magazines and a scriptwriter for BBC TV.  She has also co-written six novels and 3 non-fiction books.  She was instrumental in the formation of the Hoxton Apprentice, a training scheme to help the long-term unemployed get a permanent job.  She is passionate about helping people help themselves “A hand up not a hand out”.  

Her late husband Lord Robin Corbett of Castle Vale, (Chair of the Labour Peers Group) had substantial involvement with penal reform. In 2012 Lady Val established The Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation in his memory.


Deirdre Walker

Deirdre Walker is a senior partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation for Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Deirdre is also a Soprano singer in The Choir of Norton Rose Fulbright.

“Singing in a choir is a huge leveller and forges powerful bonds between people.  I am really pleased to be personally involved in this project and that our choir and the firm have embraced it so whole-heartedly.”


Pete Churchill

Pete Churchill is a classically trained community musician who has worked extensively in schools, mental health settings and prisons.

Pete is also the Musical Director of Choir With No Name, Birmingham, a choir for people affected by homelessness.

“I see time and again the transformative power of music in people’s lives”.