We are a small and responsive team whose members are skilled and experienced facilitators.

We will always work with you to find the team member best suited to collaborate with you or your school.

Amy Harrison

Amy led our Right On Redruth Community Development project supported by the People’s Health Trust.
She is now leading our Ripple Effect training in Secondary Schools and is also a Family Group Conference Co-ordinator.

Hannah Stephens

Hannah is a lead facilitator of our Ripple Effect training in Secondary Schools, which is informed by her creative uses of drama. Her creative practice in theatre is also evident in our training materials and her collaborations with Jon Welch.

Molly Allam

Molly delivers the Ripple Effect and Step Up programmes. She brings her creativity and strong capacity for dialogue to facilitating and is involved in evaluating all our projects. She is also a Family Group Conference Co-ordinator and a TIS UK Practitioner.

Deborah Mitchell

Our CEO Deborah Mitchell supervises our team developments and represents our team at Conferences nationally and internationally.
An independent Social Worker, Deborah is the RJ Working Restorative Practice lead and provider of professional supervision.

We also collaborate regularly with others:

Annemarie Bala

Annemarie is a Photography graduate who studied at Falmouth University and speaks several languages.
Anne is currently developing creative practice for community development. She is skilled at promoting independent learning, integrating her skills and knowledge of Restorative Practice.

Ellie Stacey

Ellie is a former Primary Headteacher and chair of the Cornwall Refugee Resettlement Network.
She is using her expertise to supervise the development of our work in Primary Schools.
Ellie brings valuable leadership through her experience of Community Development and sponsorship of refugee families.

Bernadette Chelvanayagam

Bernadette has varied expertise from training and coaching Social Workers to community development in Plymouth and Cornwall. Having contributed eight years to the Zebra Collective she is currently practicing in Criminal Negligence Law. She is a valued consultant and collaborator for RJ Working.

Paddy Dowling

We have the support of international photojournalist Paddy Dowling who covers major humanitarian crises for NGOs around the world. He is passionate about social justice and increasingly his work involves portraiture of children coping with adverse circumstances. He works with Educate a Child a project of Education Above All.

Our Board of Directors steer the organisation, bringing valuable expertise and a wealth of experience:

Lesley Chandler

Lesley is the Chair of our Board of Directors. Formerly a Secondary School teacher, Lesley volunteers as a workshop facilitator for a charity which builds relationships and reduces violence in the community and in prisons (Alternatives to Violence Programme). She is an active member of the Camborne/Pool/Redruth communities and is the Quaker Representative for Cornwall Churches Together. A founder member of RJ Working, she feels that schools are the natural place to foster Restorative Practice.

David Blake

David’s main focus is ensuring that the company operates on a sound commercial basis in keeping with our Business Plan. His career was mainly senior management at Royal Mail and Guernsey Post where he was a Director and Board member. He is a former Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants.

Scott Bennett

Scott Bennett is a transformation leader working strategically and driving change at local and national levels. VCSE representative on Cornwall’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Scott champions Social Prescribing (social solutions to health problems) and is influential across Health, Social Care and Community sectors. A qualified Health Economist, Scott is known for rigorous data insights and managing the operational reality of urgently needed whole-system paradigm shifts.


Rachel Thomson

Rachel worked as a commercial banker for 15 years before changing careers and moving into the welfare to work sector. She has strong West Cornwall knowledge and business expertise, as well as a desire to see people succeed.

Derek Hayes

Derek supported RJ Working in 2015 as a Fellow of the RSA engaging Falmouth University animation students to communicate Restorative Practice principles in short films. This gained support from voices including Jenny Agutter and Dawn French, and was shortlisted for the ‘Cutting Edge’ category of the national Restorative Practice Awards 2016. In 2017 Derek joined the Board of Directors, bringing his commitment to creative Community Development and to filmmaking.

Stephen Spooner

An experienced and expert practitioner in Family Group Conferencing, Stephen completed his Restorative Practice training with RJ Working in 2016 and led aspects of our Restorative Service Quality Mark process. Stephen is now supervising our Family Group Conference Service.

Our Patron: Mark Walters

We are delighted to have the support of Dr Mark Walters renowned international academic based at the University of Sussex. Mark is author of Hate Crime and Restorative Justice: Exploring Causes, Repairing Harms.

Prior to his tragic death in 2016, our first patron was Lionel Morrison. Lionel was recognised for his contribution to ending apartheid in South Africa. He was also the first black president of the NUK and the Chair of Notting Hill Housing Association. Lionel is central to our short film Making A Start which you can view here.