RJC Assessor Team
Our expert teams of assessors and consultants help organisations meet the Restorative Service Standards, assesses individuals to become Accredited Practitioners and organisations to achieve the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).
Janet has worked restoratively since 2001. She was involved in the Restorative Justice in Schools project and was one of the first schools co-ordinators funded by the Youth Justice Board, and was project manager for the award winning Restorative Approaches in Schools project in Bristol. Janet has supported a number of schools, educational and youth settings in implementing restorative approaches and now delivers a range of training, consultancy and facilitation in a variety of settings. A published author of Restorative Schools, Restorative Communities, Janet is also a qualified assessor for the Level 4 Diploma in Restorative Practice and volunteers with CALM's restorative justice project.
Graham leads Wigan Council Restorative Solutions Team. He manages the case management team responsible for early intervention and prevention work to address antisocial and offending behavior, out of court disposals, restorative justice, reparation, unpaid work and Neighborhood Resolution Panels. Graham is passionate about restorative justice having worked in the youth offending team as a restorative justice practitioner and an operational manager prior to Wigan creating the bespoke Restorative Solutions Team. Graham has worked for Wigan Council since 1994 and is a qualified and registered social worker. Graham also works as an independent consultant and trainer.
Sophie developed her passion for restorative justice while gaining her MSc in Criminal Justice Studies, focusing on reparation orders. She is an experienced practitioner and mediator having worked in the field since 1999. Sophie has worked as a practitioner, volunteer, service manager and senior manager in a variety of both operational and strategic roles within Nacro over 12 years. Specialising in youth justice and undertaking consultancy, training and policy development, Sophie has incorporated restorative justice into her work across all areas of the criminal justice system including prisons, police, youth offending teams, youth prevention work, schools, probation and community based work.
Mary is a restorative trainer and facilitator. She was a teacher and examiner for many years and discovered restorative justice while working as education manager in a youth offending team. Mary has trained people from a wide range of agencies and worked as a facilitator at all levels from primary schools, through youth justice to post-conviction adults. She received a commendation from the Community and Justice Department in Sussex for her work as a community resolution champion in 2011.
Gerry was the chief executive of Thames Valley Probation Trust from 2001 where he led on important restorative justice development involving face to face conferencing as a requirement within court orders. He was portfolio holder for the Probation Chiefs Association both for restorative justice and for equality and diversity, chair of the Thames Valley Criminal Justice Board and on the equalities board for both the National Offender Management Service and Thames Valley Police. Gerry is a trustee of Thames Valley Partnership, a trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and vice-chair of Circles UK.
Sally is an experienced restorative practitioner and trainer working for Cumbria Youth Offending Service, as well as a freelance trainer, and assessor for the RJC. Her experience includes facilitating restorative interventions within the youth justice system, residential and educational settings, and delivering training to a range of organisations nationally. Sally has coordinated Cumbria’s Restorative Practice in Schools service, working with organisations to implement restorative approaches, and developed the use of family group conferencing within the youth offending team.
Linda has been working with the restorative practice field since 2010. While working for Skills for Justice she led on the development of the restorative practice National Occupational Standards and managed a pilot of the Level 4 Diploma in restorative practice. This pilot led to the first practitioners in the UK gaining a nationally recognised competency based qualification in restorative practice. In 2011 Linda joined the RJC to develop the Practitioner Register and the direct accreditation process and was also involved in the development of the RSQM. Linda currently works part-time for Victim Support in Sussex managing a team of volunteers delivering restorative justice and is also a freelance consultant.
After gaining a Masters in restorative justice in Canada, Claudine ran a youth justice mediation service, before managing the restorative justice service and referral orders within a London YOT. She then spent two years in the third sector followed by a post at the Youth Justice Board. In 2007 Claudine set up Rane Training, and works as a restorative trainer and consultant to a range of staff from various sectors, including voluntary and statutory youth and social care, education and skills. She delivers training for trainers across most London youth offending teams.
Jim is an experienced head teacher with 21 years’ service within education. Alongside this he has worked closely with youth offending services and the police force in developing restorative practices within educational and youth settings. He is an experienced practitioner and trainer within restorative practices and has led the strategic development and implementation of these services within educational and youth settings. His academic studies have focused on education and his Master’s degree, specifically focused on equality and diversity, researching the impact of restorative practices on providing a fair and equitable service to those involved within the process.
Heather has been a restorative practitioner and trainer since 2004. She is employed by the Salus group, a social enterprise company who deliver services to schools on behalf of Kent County Council and other authorities. She has practiced restorative approaches in Kent’s Youth Offending Service and a variety of educational settings, including schools. Heather is an experienced assessor for the Level 4 Diploma in Restorative Practice and has also completed a masters degree in restorative justice from the University of Hull, specialising in restorative practice in special schools.
Christopher was a teacher for thirty years, five of which as head teacher at Endeavour High School, where he balanced his time between school and the Hull Centre for Restorative Practice. Since then he has worked independently, offering training and consultancy to schools and agencies working with young people, families and communities. Christopher has experience in planning strategic roll out of restorative practice in schools and agencies and also at a city-wide level, enabling him to develop effective models of strategic implementation. Recently, he has developed training in restorative approaches to leadership within schools and agencies working within children’s services.
Pete Wallis started his career as a teacher before working in a children’s residential home, a centre for the homeless and a drugs agency. In 1996, Pete completed probation officer training and became the deputy director of the Prison Phoenix Trust. He worked as reparation co-ordinator at the Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service in 2000 and established the first national Doing Sorry conference in 2005. Since then, Pete has worked as a senior practitioner in restorative justice and has written several books. Pete co-wrote the Youth Justice Board’s national training course for restorative justice facilitation which was published in 2013.
Jim joined Kent Police in 1987 and became involved in a trial of an initiative with a restorative approach. Jim then drove local initiatives to expand restorative justice into the youth offending arena, before moving to Kent Police Headquarters where he was responsible for a multi-agency approach to neighbourhood delivery of restorative practice. This led to the whole of Kent Police being trained in restorative practice, with Jim as the force lead until his retirement in 2013. Jim holds a Level 4 Diploma in Restorative Practice and works for Project Salus and Restorative Solutions as the programme co-ordinator, delivering restorative services to the Kent Criminal Justice Board.