Gary Stephenson

Executive Chairman and CEO of Restorative Solutions CIC

Following a 32 year career in the Lancashire Constabulary, where Gary was instrumental in implementing Restorative Approaches, he has been working with Restorative Solutions a Community Interest Company an organisation, which is committed to developing and progressing innovative restorative approaches and services in the public sector and communities.

Gary initially was responsible for programme managing a national programme for Restorative Approaches in Neighbourhoods (RAiN) building upon the work and his experience of implementing RJ in policing and Neighbourhoods.  He has  also been  involved in  projects with Drugs Intervention Programmes, Integrated Offender Management Teams, Intensive Alternative to Custody schemes and Restorative Approaches with Priority & Prolific Offenders, RJ in the National Offender Management Service and the creation and development of over 100 Neighbourhood RJ sites in England and Wales, the introduction of RJ pre-sentence sites in the Crown Courts.

Gary was appointed Chief Executive and a Director of Restorative Solutions in 2010 and has overseen the growth of the organisation and its transformation into one of the country‚Äôs leading and innovative providers of restorative services. Gary participated in the development of the MOJ policy on RJ and sits on the MoJ  Restorative Justice delivery group.

Gary is also the volunteer Chair of the Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs, an organisation that provides young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with opportunities to learn and develop through positive experiences. Gary is also a volunteer assessor for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and has a BA (Hons) in Public Sector Management and a M.Sc. in Investigative Psychology.

He became Executive Chairman on 1st May 2018, taking over from Sir Charles Pollard who becomes Honorary President.

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