Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of us as a charity. The Board accepts ultimate responsibility for the sound professional, legal and financial management of Diagrama. The Board agrees our vision and values, sets overall strategy and policies for all key activities, oversees its implementation and monitors progress.
Francisco Legaz Cervantes holds a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Valencia (Spain). He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Education Sciences at Comillas Pontifical University (Spain). He also holds a degree in Theology from the Faculty of Theology of Granada (Spain).
He is a specialist in Clinical Psychology certified by the Ministry of Education and Science (Spain), completed a postgraduate degree in Clinical Psychology at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and is a psychotherapy expert accredited by EuroPsy (European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations). He is also a specialist in Forensic Psychology and Criminology certified by Pericial Corporativa (Spain), has a postgraduate degree in Security Sciences and Criminology from the University San Antonio of Murcia (Spain) and in Security Management from the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid (Spain).
In addition, he is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the European Society of Criminology (ESC), the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (IAYFJM), the European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and other involved Professions (EFCAP), and the European Prison Education Association (EPEA).
A civil servant in the Spanish public administration, currently on leave of absence, he began his career in different areas of psychosocial intervention, focusing his work over the past thirty years on educational, psychological, social and health-related services. He has always been motivated by the development of systems that promote collaboration and the sharing of experience and knowledge.
After many years leading diverse psychosocial intervention projects, in 1991 he created Fundación Diagrama (Spain) and in 2002 the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (Belgium), reflecting his firm commitment to the promotion of universal human rights and freedoms.
In 2007 he established Diagrama Foundation (UK), an organization which he has chaired since its creation and through which he has developed a wide variety of initiatives, projects, programs, research projects and publications designed to advance and improve comprehensive care for all members of society in the United Kingdom.
In addition, he has been decorated by the Spanish Ministry of Justice with the Second Class Distinguished Cross of the San Raimundo de Peñafort Order, awarded the Global Youth Humanitarian Award from the Thai Ministry of Justice, and has been made a Doctor Honoris Causa by the National University of Trujillo (Peru).