Board of Directors

Yasmin - edited.jpgYasmin Batliwala - Chair

Yasmin Batliwala has extensive experience chairing complex organisations in the Public Sector. She has been a Non-Executive Director of the Hertfordshire Partnership (NHS) Foundation Trust, Chair of the Hertfordshire Police Authority, Chair of the Watford Community Safety Partnership and Co-Director of the Police National Assessment Centre. She is the CEO of an organisation called Advocates for International Development (A4ID), which sources lawyers to provide free legal advice and assistance to support organisations working in international development and whose principle aim is the eradication of poverty.

Her portfolio includes involvement in the areas of HIV/Aids, Drug and Alcohol dependency, and Crime.  She has undertaken work for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in this regard.  Yasmin sits also on the Mental Health Review Tribunal, and she was Chair of the Fostering and Permanency Panel which specialises in the placement of exceptionally vulnerable children.

Yasmin has worked as a Senior Specialist for the Audit Commission, an independent watchdog, with responsibility for ensuring the delivery of high impact value for money assessments of public sector service providers.

In addition, Yasmin has an extensive background in the field of substance misuse, having managed the Substance Misuse Unit at the NHS's North East Thames Regional Health Authority.  Yasmin started her career undertaking ‘action’ research for the Department of Health into drug use within SW5 and Soho with the intention of making recommendations for service provision to this transient group. During this time she worked exclusively with drug users who were neither accessing nor engaging with services.  The experience she gained during this time has fired Yasmin's passion for ensuring that services are directly geared to meeting service users' needs and not those of service providers or commissioners.


Gillianreal headshot.jpgGillian Benning - Director

Gillian Benning is a solictor non-practicing and was in practice with her husband for approximately 50 years.








Rajreal.jpgRaj Boyjoonauth - Director

Raj Boyjoonauth was the Deputy Director for the Addictions and Offender Care Services at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL – SMOCs). He is currently a master trainer and consultant to UNODC.








Mark_Eatonreal.jpgMark Eaton – Director

Mark is the former Chair of The Core Trust. He is a chartered surveyor, specialising in Residential Development & Asset Management in the public sector. His current focus is on the provision of numerous educational and community facilities.







Richard_Paul.jpgRichard Paul – Director of Finance

Richard undertakes the role of Director of Finance on the WDP Board of Directors.  He is a chartered accountant and senior partner of Nyman Libson Paul Chartered Accountants.  Richard specialises in a number of different sectors, including owner managed businesses, property, leisure, and the film and TV industry.







James_Saunders.jpgJames Saunders - Director

James is senior partner in a firm of solicitors that specialise in criminal and regulatory work.








Graham Boal_0.JPGGraham Boal - Director

Graham was the Chairman of the Seventy4 Foundation. He practised at the Criminal Bar before becoming an Old Bailey Judge. He is a recovering alcoholic