Key People in The Cascade Foundation

Key People

*As we are a charity support and educate people of all ages with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, please note that all those who have asterisks after their names are themselves dyslexic.

Founder, CEO, Projects Manager


Jackie Hewitt-Main*

Severely dyslexic and only diagnosed at 40, Jackie taught herself to read and write, did a degree, gained a teaching qualification and started her first prison project at HMP/YOl Chelmsford in 2005.  She has been running projects in prisons and the community, mentoring ex-offenders and others of all ages with learning difficulties over the past 16 years, including the last 2½ years in HMP/YOl Doncaster and across the Doncaster and Barnsley areas, where all our work is currently based.  Formerly, she was national curriculum design and monitoring officer for the Learning and Skills Council, and also worked in senior capacities for a variety of other training providers.  In between, she started and ran two businesses – a flourishing health-food shop, extending to a second shop and a warehouse, plus a recruitment company for young people with learning difficulties.  Jackie is the most inspirational and innovative educator and has consequently been in demand as a key speaker at a number of international conferences for prison educators in Holland, Sweden, Ireland and has also been invited to visit and advise on prisons in the USA and Australia. Her Chelmsford prison project was the subject of a Teacher’s TV program and she has also been featured on ‘Surprise, Surprise’ in 2015, along with several other TV and radio programs and interviews.  She was voted 2015 ‘Wonder Mum’ of the year by The Sun newspaper “for mothering hundreds of prisoners”.  She was awarded the Redemption and Justice Innovation Award in late 2014 and was shortlisted for the prestigious Butler Trust Awards in 2014.  She has also won a number of previous awards for her work in prisons.  After 13 years as a sole-trader,Jackie launched The Cascade Foundation in June 2013 in Westminster Hall, at the House of Commons, attended by 3 peers and 15 MPs, including the Right Hon Chris Grayling MP, then the Minister for Justice, who gave a very encouraging key speech.



Chair (since December 2015) and Legal Adviser

Richard Main*

He has also taken a voluntary role in various capacities with The Cascade Foundation, contributing to PR and publicity, disciplinary, contract and other legal matters, liaison, social media and representation at meetings.


Ken Lewis OBE*

Award-winning international business CEO, on the approved House of Commons list of motivational business speakers and a member of several boards, including the East of England NHS board. Ken voluntarily supports us with his extensive business management expertise.


Michael MacVeigh

A tax consultant and general accountant with his own firm and also within a consortium of companies, currently as part of Francis James in Essex.  Michael has provided gratis financial services and also has meetings with our former chair, Jacquie, and currently oversees the ongoing finances.

Sue Blackburn

Recently retired IT Lecturer and Tutor, with extensive educational and leadership experience providing valued voluntary support in IT and administration and especially in curriculum planning and support.  She was a Lead Learning Consultant and co-ordinated a number of courses such as AAT, Book-keeping and Sage Accounts and was also a Course Team Leader for GMVQ ICT programs for 16-19 year old students.

Victoria Blakeman

Former Advisory to NATO and UN on Counter-Terrorism and Offender Management, Chief of Prisons in Afghanistan and in the Middle East, former prison governor in the UK and currently an executive in Prospects – a company providing education, health and offender-management/education services.  Victoria voluntarily shares her considerable expertise and experience with us across all areas of our work.




Lord Addington* – House of Lords

He has been an enormous help and support to us over the past ten years, promoting both our founder and the charity itself several times in House of Lords debates, including his most recent contribution which named and praised The Cascade Foundation in the House of Lords in January 2016.  Lord Addington has also spoken for us at a number of functions in the London area and keeps in regular touch with our Founder/CEO by phone.

Rebecca Harris MP*

MP for Castle Point & on the Business Skills & innovation Select Committee Rebecca has been a very keen and active supporter of our Founder/CEO and The Cascade Foundation, visiting our projects and speaking on our behalf in different settings.  She has also praised our work in House of Commons debates, most recently at the end of January 2016.  She takes every opportunity to help us, for example, persuading all the top crime writers to autograph first editions of their books for us to auction as a fundraiser.  She has also arranged for us to use committee and function rooms in Parliament free of charge for our Trustees’ meetings and for events.

John Biggin OBE

Former Prison Director/Governor at HMP/Ol Doncaster and more recently at HMP/YOl Thameside, employed by Serco in these roles for the past 10 years.  He is an innovator with many skills and is joining us (The Cascade Foundation) as a highly valued adviser, ambassador, volunteer graphics designer, PR officer and general factotum.

Carolyn, the Marchioness of Bute*

A lady who contacted us out of the blue to offer her encouragement and support for our work and her praise for the excellent results we achieve.  She is herself severly syslexic, as is her son, Lord Mount Stuart, both of whom struggled throughout their schooling, so they both understand the needs of our ‘clients’ very well, and Carolyn happily agreed to become one of our patrons.


ASSOCIATES (Volunteers)

Andrew Sheldon*

Senior Parliamentary Researcher and Mayor of Castle Point in Essex.  He often attends our meetings, helps with PR and parliamentary contacts and is currently raising funds for us as his designated mayoral charity.

Our reformed ex-offenders who have become our dedicated volunteers, employees or ambassadors are also our key people.

Other former staff members who may hopefully be able to rejoin us when we can afford to pay them, have also been key personnel, and we hope they will be again.

Community Volunteers – also key people

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