RJC Membership Trustee

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16 December 2021

The RJC is inviting members to stand for election to join our board of trustees. We are currently seeking to recruit membership trustees to take up position in June 2022.  

The board of trustees is the RJC's governing body. Our board’s role is about corporate governance – collectively setting goals and ensuring that the RJC works effectively to meet those goals for the public benefit.

Trustees play a vital role in guiding and enabling our work. Seven RJC trustees are elected directly from our membership. They reflect the broad field of restorative practice and act in the best interests of the RJC to help us meet our charitable aims and fulfil our vision for everyone to have access to quality restorative practice.

We have set an ambitious strategy for 2021-2024 which includes four key objectives:

  • Expand our focus to increase knowledge of, and an evidence base for, restorative justice across all sectors
  • Create collaborative relationships with statutory agencies across sectors to promote and increase the application of restorative justice
  • Raise public awareness of restorative justice
  • Consult with our membership and draw on their expertise to expand our reach and ensure that our goals and strategies reflect their concerns

In this, the first year of delivering our strategy, we will focus on ‘being a stronger and more responsive organisation’ and ‘expanding our focus.’

Being a stronger and more responsive organisation means that we will be a more confident organisation, giving voice to the issues which we know are of concern to our members. We will continue to build on the operational improvements already achieved by designing and implementing an infrastructure which enables us to deliver our strategic and operational priorities. We will make it easier for the public and those interested in all forms of restorative practice, to access the information they require in a format that they can understand. Members will also be provided with greater opportunities to engage with us through targeted working groups and regular roundtable events with our CEO and Board of Trustees. We want our members to know that we are listening and responding to their concerns.

Alongside this we will seek to expand our focus to ensure that our work is fully aligned with our purpose and strategy. This starts with creating meaningful and productive relationships with key policy makers from across a range of statutory agencies including the Ministry of Justice, Department of Education, Home Office and Department for Health. These relationships will support us in scoping what knowledge and practice exists in each sector and identify research deficiencies. To ensure that our work in this area is evidence-based, we will also establish an academic advisory board. By bringing together leading academics we will be well placed to ensure rigour is our evaluation of existing evidence.

In support of these priorities, we have identified the following 5 key deliverables for 2021/22:

  1. We have implemented an organisational design and delivered the improvements in infrastructure that are required to enable us to deliver our strategy and purpose
  2. We have increased our knowledge of, and an evidence base for, restorative justice across all sectors
  3. We have established relationships with key policymakers and have begun scoping what knowledge and practice exists in each represented sector
  4. We have implemented our strategy for delivering engaging, informative and accessible opportunities for the public to learn about restorative justice
  5. We have defined the future relationship we will have with our members and have begun to build services to support them

The Board, led by Dr Gerard Drennan, is made up of representatives of our member organisations and council trustees who bring outside knowledge and experience.

As we look to expand our board of trustees, we would welcome applications from potential trustees who have the following skills/or who are from the following sectors:

Skills

  • finance, income generation and fundraising
  • business development
  • standards and practice development

Sectors

  • education
  • mental health / social care
  • housing
  • victim and/or offender services
  • police
  • youth justice
  • academia

We are committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK and to equal opportunities across the organisation. Our policies and practices aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly and with dignity and respect.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, trustees and volunteers and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

We value having a diverse range of perspectives, expertise and insights on our team. We are particularly keen to receive applications from black, Asian and minority ethic people as these groups are currently under-represented on our board.

If you would like to stand for election, please download the Becoming a Restorative Justice Council Trustee information pack and Trustee nomination form below. Nomination forms need to be completed and sent to james.simon@restorativejustice.org.uk by 5pm on 28 January 2022

All nominated membership trustee candidates will put forward for election and voted for by our membership. Successful nominees will be ratified at the RJC’s Annual General Meeting which will be held on 23rd June 2022.

Closing Date: 
Friday, 28 January 2022