Bon voyage, Gary!

13 years with Restorative Solutions

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 Restorative Solutions as a programme manager leading a national project to introduce restorative justice into 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 restorative justice.  

Gary comments: "I have had an incredible and exciting journey with Restorative Solutions, lobbying and campaigning, fundraising, leading national restorative justice programmes, giving evidence to Home Affairs Select Committees, pioneering new and innovative approaches with restorative justice, foreign travel assisting Governments to implement restorative justice, 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 Restorative Solutions 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.”

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I'm so glad I am working with RJ. I don't know who would listen to me if it wasn’t for you.
A Person Harmed by Crime
RJ is very underrated and I certainly think we should be using it more.
A Professional who Referred Someone into our Service
Very satisfied – it’s been a great service. A worthwhile process for me and I hope for the offenders. Staff have been great and I would like to thank them.
A victim
It was the right thing to do. Both victims told me to let go of what happened. I didn't want to hear it but they both forgave me and said I should move on. I have taken that on and thought about it and I have come to terms with what happened. You've helped me significantly. It's as though my head has been lifted of a gigantic weight.
An Offender
Thanks for your time today. I feel like you understand R so well, I really hope you can help him to learn how to be happy.
Feedback from a family in East Kent
Restorative Justice offers a unique opportunity for victims and survivors to move on from and overcome the trauma that can be left with them after experiencing crime. I am exceedingly proud of the work that the team at Restorative Solutions do in supporting our community. We should always consider the needs of victims of crime and this service exemplifies that sentiment and allows so many to put behind them what can be the worst experience of their lives.
Marc Jones, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

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