Meet the team

Chris Straker, interim chief executive 

Chris joined the RJC in August 2017 having previously been a trainer and consultant in restorative approaches for a wide range of agencies working with young people, families and communities. He draws on thirty years of experience as a teacher and head teacher and has published a book on the development of restorative thinking in students and teachers in schools. Chris is on the board of Restorative Practices International and is currently studying a PhD comparing restorative practices in the UK and New Zealand.

Sarah Perryman, head of standards, quality and professional membership

Sarah joined the RJC in September 2016. Before then she was head of the music team at the examination board AQA, where she led on the development, quality assurance and delivery of brand new GCSE, AS and A-level qualifications. As head of the RJC standards team, she focuses on building membership and ensuring a high standard of restorative practice delivery and accreditation. She has a degree in Music, trained as a professional performer and worked in live theatre, television and radio for over a decade, including running her own theatre production company.

Fionnuala Ratcliffe, policy and communications officer

Fionnuala joined the RJC in August 2017. Prior to this, she worked as a manager at a consultancy specialising in public and stakeholder engagement services, before working in communications for a large charity. Fionnuala leads the RJC’s work to raise awareness of restorative practice through events, news pieces and member and stakeholder communications. She is also a trained restorative approaches practitioner.

Kate Yankah, finance and administration officer

Kate joined the RJC in October 2016 after working in housing sector finance for nine years. As a member of the operations and finance team, Kate helps to maintain the RJC’s income and expenditure records and to process applications for the RJC professional register and accreditation products. Outside of the office, Kate has an active role with the Hope Project, based in Greece, and has worked as a Greenpeace volunteer.