RJC new chair of trustees appointed

node leader
25 July 2018

The RJC is pleased to announce that Dr Kerry Clamp is the RJC’s new chair of trustees.

Kerry is assistant professor of criminology at the University of Nottingham and brings a deep understanding of the restorative sector from her research on restorative policing, evaluation of community justice panels, and her work consulting government. Kerry is also the chair of the editorial board for the European Forum for Restorative Justice.

Kerry said:

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to work alongside the existing and new members of the board to chart a way forward for the RJC. We owe a great debt to those colleagues who have left the board, particularly Graham Robb whose shoes will not be easy to fill. This is an important phase for the RJC as we refresh our priorities and further develop relationships with existing and new partners at home and abroad.”

Kerry was co-opted to the board and nominated as chair of trustees at a special general meeting on Monday. She takes over from outgoing chair Graham Robb, who steps down from his role as chair of trustees after seven years with the charity.

Also at the meeting, the RJC said farewell and thanks to trustees Wendy Freshman, Geoff Dobson, and Garry Shewan, all of whom have given years of service to the RJC and the restorative justice sector more widely. Joining the board in their place as membership trustees are Janet Clark and Rebecca Beard.

Graham Robb, the RJC’s outgoing chair, said:

“I want to thank members, staff and trustees who have supported the RJC through thick and thin times because they know that restorative work needs an independent voice to help more people experience its benefits in both social and justice spheres. The RJC started by practitioners setting out the story, then developing the standards, then undertaking the advocacy work needed to implement this. Our members, staff and board should be proud of what they have achieved. I am delighted to welcome two new trustees with really rich practice experience in restorative justice and especially that Dr Clamp has agreed to become chair. Kerry’s background in academic work on restorative justice, especially in the European context, is an exciting opportunity for the RJC in the years to come.”

The new board and chair will lead the RJC until trustee elections at the AGM in November when their positions will be up for ratification.