Bon Voyage, Gary!Monday 16th November 2020
Our Executive Chair Gary Stephenson has decided to step down after thirteen years with Restorative Solutions CIC.
Gary joined Restorative Solutions CIC following a successful career with the Lancashire Constabulary where Gary was responsible with others for introducing Restorative Justice into the Constabulary, which is still going strong to this day. Gary joined RS as a programme manager leading a national project to introduce RJ in to neighbourhood policing. Shortly afterwards, Gary was made the Chief Executive Officer and set about transforming and developing the organisation to what it is today the go to organisation for all things RJ.
Gary states: "I have had an incredible and exciting journey with RS, lobbying and campaigning, fund raising, leading national RJ programmes, giving evidence to Home Affairs Select Committees, pioneering new and innovative approaches with RJ, foreign travel assisting Governments to implement RJ, and developing a world class service delivery model.
"None of this could be achieved without the support of my colleagues, numerous other partners from a diverse range of organisations, funders and latterly a number of Police and Crime Commissioners who were willing to take the risk with Restorative Solutions, I thank them all for making it possible. But not least my wife Jill and my family.
"I leave to seek new adventures knowing the organisation is in safe hands."
Crispian Strachan CBE QPM DL Non-Executive Director of Restorative Solutions and former Chief Constable of Northumbria Police said: “Gary’s long service with Restorative Solutions and his wide knowledge of the field have contributed hugely to our pre-eminence in this complex field of justice, bringing restorative hope to victims of crime in particular. We are also well placed to offer restorative solutions in many areas of conflict. We wish Gary all the best in the future and he goes with our very sincere thanks and appreciation.”