RJC Expert Advisory Group

The RJC has established an Expert Advisory Group to provide practitioner and trainer input into national standards and guidance for the field of restorative practice. The EAG has six members and comprises a mix of practitioner and trainer members from across a variety of sectors. EAG meetings are held four times a year.

You can read the terms of reference here.

Janine Carroll

Janine Carroll is director of Restorative Now, which specialises in restorative approaches training, implementation and facilitation. She has over 30 years extensive experience in restorative practice, across the criminal justice, education and community safety sectors, much of this gained in New Zealand and the UK. Janine is an Accredited Trainer and Accredited Practitioner with the RJC, and has written a tertiary academic programme and intensive facilitator training course.

Graham Doubleday

Graham leads Wigan Council Restorative Solutions Team. He manages the case management team responsible for early intervention and prevention work to address antisocial and offending behaviour, out of court disposals, restorative justice, Neighbourhood Resolution Panels, and more. Graham worked in the youth offending team as a restorative justice practitioner and operational manager before joining the Restorative Solutions Team. Graham has worked for Wigan Council since 1994 and is a qualified registered social worker. Graham also works as an independent consultant and trainer.

Belinda Hopkins

Belinda is a pioneer of restorative approaches in youth settings across the UK and beyond. In the early 1990s, she founded Transforming Conflict - a training and consultancy organisation on restorative approaches in youth settings. She runs training courses, writes books and articles, develops training materials and resources, and regularly speaks at conferences nationally and internationally. Belinda was one of the first people in the UK to become an RJC Accredited Practitioner.

Caroline Rountree

Caroline has worked for HMP Leeds since 2009 became the restorative justice lead in 2013.  Caroline and her team successfully achieved the RSQM, becoming the first prison to do so. They are currently exploring opportunities to develop restorative justice further within the prison.

Chris Straker

Chris was a teacher for thirty years and spent six years as a headteacher in Hull. He co-founded the Hull Centre for Restorative Practice in 2007. He is an independent consultant and trainer working in schools, approved premises, prisons, children's homes, YOTs as well as developing leadership and organisational change projects. He has worked across the UK and presented at conferences in Australia and New Zealand, USA, Canada and Hungary. Chris was awarded an MA in restorative justice in 2014.

Tony Walker

Tony has over 15 years’ experience of using restorative practice in a range of situations, from final warnings and staff conflict to crime and serious offending. He holds training for a wide range of organisations and individuals and he has worked with the Audit Commission, the Home Office Training and Accreditation Policy Development Group, the Youth Justice Board and the Department for Children, Schools and Families to deliver restorative approaches nationally and develop national policy. He continues to practice as a facilitator.