Meet the team

Jim Simon, chief executive 

Jim joined the RJC as chief executive in April 2019, having been an RJC assessor since 2014. He 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.

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.