Dominique Airey 

Chief Executive (London) 



Dominique joined as Chief Executive of Khulisa UK in May 2016 and is committed to deepening and expanding our work rehabilitating offenders and supporting those at-risk of crime, violence and victimisation. She believes strongly in the importance of collaboration between sectors to drive meaningful and sustainable social impact.

Prior to joining Khulisa, she was Head of Partnership Development at a global NGO, Youth Business International (YBI), which supports unemployed young people to start businesses in over 40 countries. Over five years, Dominique raised tens of millions of dollars to support YBI’s work, developed livelihoods programmes and acted as an ambassador in major multi-stakeholder coalitions and summits. She remains a strong advocate for the importance of creating opportunities for all young people to find rewarding work.

Dominique started her career in the private sector at Procter & Gamble, completing the Graduate Management Programme and undertaking a number of commercial roles, latterly as a Market Strategy & Planning lead. Dominique studied at the University of Manchester and University of Cambridge with a focus on International Management & Economics and Sustainability.



Lisa Rowles

Design and Development Director (Gloucestershire)



Lisa has been involved with Khulisa UK (and South Africa) since 2009, initially helping to establish various projects/programmes and training up our UK facilitation team in our work.  Today, Lisa leads on Design & Development, applying appropriate tools, techniques and concepts developed in South Africa, for application in the UK. Her background includes UK and global commercial sales and management, consultancy, coaching, counselling and facilitation. She has studied in a variety of fields, including drama therapy (Worcs Uni), grief counselling (CRUSE), psychotherapeutic counselling (Chrysalis), psychology (OU), NLP (Master Business practitioner) and coaching (OCM, Oxford Brookes). She’s also a qualified TEFL teacher and has spent 2 years studying constellation therapy.

Lisa has worked in a number of prisons, YOIs, schools and community projects for Khulisa in London, Portland, Manchester and Wales. She has facilitated at Zonderwater prison in South Africa, and spent time facilitating, learning and researching in various townships around Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.



damianDamian Castello

Delivery Director (London)



Damian joined Khulisa’s team in February 2013. He first became involved in the work of the organisation when he started volunteering in early 2010. Soon he was co-facilitating Silence the Violence and Face It programmes.

Prior to Khulisa, Damian worked in social housing whereas a Neighbourhood Manager for two of London’s oldest and largest registered social landlords. Damian is a fully qualified Counsellor/psychotherapist and is a qualified interpersonal mediator.

Damian has a passion for working with people of all ages and wants to make a positive difference in peoples lives, especially underprivileged and marginalised children


zoeZoe Twidle

Programme Manager (Thamesmead)




Zoe is based in HMP/YOI ISIS, managing the Milestones and Silence the Violence programmes.

Previously, Zoe was a Prison Officer at HMP Wandsworth in London where she worked in the psychology department facilitating a six-week rehabilitation course called the ‘Thinking Skills Programme’ (TSP) which aimed to help prisoners address their offending behaviour.

Prior to that Zoe was a tennis coach, working with adults and children, having been a professional tennis player during her teens.

Zoe believes that everyone should be given a fair chance and feels that it is important to support and instil self-worth in those that have had challenging life experiences.


soniaSonia Johnson 

Programme Manager (Bolton)



Sonia joined the Khulisa team in May 2016 as Programme Manager. She has a great passion for developing people and loves the opportunity to challenge barriers to change.  Having overcome her own personal experiences of addiction and domestic violence, she is passionate about creating possibilities for others to have a different perspective about their life. Prior to working for Khulisa she was Programme Director for a charity committed to working with women with life controlling issues, such as anxiety, PTSD, dissociation/DID and those suffering from the effects of various forms of abuse. She also led a team of Managers and Facilitators delivering a 6 to 12 month curriculum.

Her background includes experience in the drug and alcohol field having worked both directly in the Substance Misuse field as a Substance Misuse worker and with the West Yorkshire Police’s vice teams tackling street prostitution and crime.



victoriaVictoria Carroll

Programme Coordinator (Bolton)



Victoria joined Khulisa’s team in Bolton and Greater Manchester in March 2016, having previously worked for local and national community organisations for over ten years. Victoria has a depth and breadth of experience covering the field’s substance misuse, diversionary projects, prisons and specialist support. Victoria has BSC (Honours) in Criminological and Forensic psychology and ILM level 4 in management. Further training and qualifications include prescribing management qualification, safeguarding adult and children training, CSE training to facilitator level, human trafficking, mental health and suicide training. Victoria has a keen interest in people’s behaviours and how social situations impact on these.