Meet the team

Jon Collins, chief executive 

Jon joined the RJC in May 2014 having previously been deputy director of the Police Foundation, an independent policing think tank, since May 2011. Prior to joining the Police Foundation he was director of the Criminal Justice Alliance, a coalition of organisations that works to establish a fairer and more effective criminal justice system. Jon has previously worked at the Fawcett Society and at Nacro, the crime reduction charity. He is also a governor of a London primary school.

Elvia Carvalho, finance and operations manager

Elvia originally joined the RJC in October 2014 as senior operations officer to project manage the redevelopment of the website and implement a fully integrated CRM system. After a short spell in another organisation, Elvia returned to the RJC in August 2016 to manage the charity’s operational and day to day financial infrastructure. She has previously worked with a variety of not for profit organisations and has experience of managing complex HR, IT and organisational projects. Elvia holds an MSc in voluntary and community sector studies.

Helen Mathews, senior quality assurance officer

Helen joined the standards and professional services team at the RJC in February 2014 and her role involves quality assurance in the Practitioner Register, the RSQM and the Trainers Register. Helen is currently a volunteer referral order panel member for the tri-borough youth offending service in London and has completed restorative facilitator training. Helen previously worked in advertising as a planner in a media agency. 

Rosie Olliver, senior policy and communications officer

Rosie joined the RJC in August 2015. Prior to this she worked as the policy and public affairs officer for ACEVO, as an independent consultant for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and for two Westminster think tanks. Rosie works on raising awareness and understanding of restorative justice, as well as managing engagement with MPs, APPGs and select committees. She first became interested in restorative justice while studying criminology as part of her degree in politics, psychology and sociology. 

Sarah Perryman, head of standards, quality and professional membership

Sarah joined the RJC in September 2016. Before then she was head of the music team at the examination board AQA, where she led on the development, quality assurance and delivery of brand new GCSE, AS and A-level qualifications. As head of the RJC standards team, she focuses on building membership and ensuring a high standard of restorative practice delivery and accreditation. She has a degree in Music, trained as a professional performer and worked in live theatre, television and radio for over a decade, including running her own theatre production company. 

Muna Sabbagh, research officer (BAME project)

Muna joined the RJC in July 2016 as a research officer for a project which explores access to and experiences of restorative justice for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) children who have offended. Prior to this Muna worked as a law lecturer at Kingston University and the University of Hertfordshire Law School. 

Safi Schlicht, head of policy and communications

Safi joined the RJC’s communications team in January 2013. She started her career in television, where she directed and produced factual documentaries, covering a wide range of subjects. More recently, she specialised in corporate film communications, producing message-driven films, and advising on all aspects of film communication strategies for clients as diverse as VisitBritain and Rolex. Safi leads the communications and policy team to promote restorative practice and the work of the RJC to the organisation’s stakeholders, the media and the wider public.

James Turner, policy and communications executive 

James joined the RJC in July 2016. Prior to this, he worked as a senior news analyst at the political monitoring company DeHavilland. Working on the communications team, James produces a range of content for RJC members and stakeholders such as bulletins, news pieces and social media updates, as well as researching and writing up case studies. He has a degree in Economics and Politics, a Graduate Diploma in Law and a CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations

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.