Our Interns

Cora

Cora has a background in volunteering with students from disadvantaged and marginalised communities, working to enhance social mobility opportunities. She primarily supports in delivering workshops to young people, tackling issues in employment and conflict resolution.

Abigail

Abigail is currently studying Sociology at university. She joined RJ Working in February as an intern due to her interest in community work and future aspiration of becoming a teacher. Abigail is assisting with the Step-Up program to ensure primary school children have a smooth transition to secondary school.

Katelyn

Katelyn has taken on an internship as a PR and Communications Support Worker. Drawing on her Business degree she is currently undertaking and background of volunteering with young people, Katelyn is helping to strengthen our communication approach.

Our Climate Activist Team

Finn Halsall

Growing food and building grassroots community action through this, is Finn's personal mission. He is also committed to calling for government change on key system issues. Finn uses his specialist knowledge about conservation biology and ecology working at a community field "Love Land", managing a veg growing project for Falmouth Food Coop. He will use this to inspire young people to grow food at home and in their school grounds.

Ethan Paul

Ethan is a climate activist which includes giving talks and training sessions. He is deeply concerned about the climate crisis and the need to transfer to renewable energy, which he is studying. He is also a watersports instructor, which is a way of sharing his passion for the sea with other young people. Learning about the ocean and ways of supporting its recovery and renewal is vital to the future of humanity.

Hamish Lawson

Hamish has spent the last few years working on issues to do with the climate in various ways. He has taken part in various initiatives and has documented and filmed those around him working for change. He supports initiatives within Cornwall to develop sustainable and circular economy solutions, and until recently worked for Tex, who recycle and repurpose textiles and other materials.

Our Multidisciplinary Team

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.

Belle Benfield

Belle brings her creative strengths to RJ Working's mission as an experienced mural artist and young peoples’ worker. She is enabling us to use visual arts as part of our comprehensive off to communities and groups. Belle undertakes direct work with young adults and with children and in collaboration with partners.

Bernadette Chelvanayagam

Bernadette is an experienced trainer and facilitator. 8 years with the Zebra Collective included ‘Cultural Competence’ specialism for children's care and foster carers. A valued collaborator and consultant for RJ Working, she shared in our foundation training from Ulster University and as of 2022 she oversees our Culture of Care programme.

Bisola Alabi

An accomplished actor and screen/playwright, Bisola is inspired by the play Random (Debbie Tucker Green). She is currently writing a children's play for Bernie Grant Arts Centre. She is also writing a play called Mami Wata, meaning Mermaid, which we hope will tour in Cornwall. Bisola currently co-leads our 1-day training 'Tackling Racism Restoratively', which is reaching theatre and creative networks across Cornwall as well as statutory and voluntary sector colleagues and communities

Deborah Mitchell

Our CEO Deborah is an active Quaker. She 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.

Flo Conchie

Flo started working with us while working as a Teaching Assistant in a local school. Her specialism for us is social media and she has transformed our LinkedIn profile.

Hajar Beshira

Hajar joins our team as a Restorative Development worker. She has a background in social action projects and the voluntary sector, supporting young people in marginalised groups.
She is passionate about creating spaces for young people led by young people and amplifying their voices, especially those in the Black Muslim community.

Josh Rogers

Josh brings a strong understanding of the relevance of Restorative Practice for building community among young people and for communicating about climate change. Josh leads work showing the relevance of Restorative Practice for young people’s global citizenship, including our Tackling Racism Restoratively workshops.

Katey Burak

Katey is currently working with young climate activist artists via Falmouth Art Gallery's collaborative 'Splanna' programme. Using her background in climate based arts, facilitation and craft skills she is developing projects to support young people's relationship with nature and concerns about our environment.

Ketty Savery

Ketty is an Arabic speaker, having lived in Lebanon and several other countries. In the UK she has worked in translation and interpreting especially in the education sector. She has joined our Culture of Care programme, supporting in particular the development of strong peer relationships for the transition from Primary to Secondary Schools.

Leon Dundas

Leon is coaching and developing the RJ Working team. An international leader of Restorative Practice development, in community, health, education and criminal justice, he synthesises a grounded practical approach with spiritual and humanistic values, inspiring new knowledge and ways of understanding. A respected author and researcher he is also a practitioner experienced in complex cases, and is introducing Restorative Programmes in UK prisons.

Lucy Pearson

Lucy is our 16+ Lead, working primarily with young people in and around FE colleges, supporting them to engage with issues of identity and social justice, and prepare for transitions into adulthood and employment. Lucy's background is in community work, youth work and informal education, she prioritises participation & getting young voices heard. She is a Trustee of a charity supporting young people from refugee/migrant backgrounds.

Michelle Bowley FMAAT AATQB

Michelle joined us in June 2021 with over 7 years’ experience working in accounts with various clients, charities, CICs, CIOs through employment and her accountancy practice.

Michelle is responsible for monitoring the finances within RJ Working and supporting the team in all areas of funding and finance.

Nicky Abrahams

Nicky is our Schools Programme Lead, working with schools where Restorative practice is established and expanding our reach to new schools.
Nicky has a background in Social Work and voluntary sector work, including working with children with special educational needs and disabilities. Nicky is passionate about how restorative practice upholds equal opportunities, social justice and human rights.

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.

Rajan Naidu

Rajan Naidu has helped to develop our Tackling Racism Restoratively programme and recently co-led our 1-day workshop titled Restorative Approaches to Tackling Inequality.

Sandhya Dave

Sandhya Dave oversees our Culture of Welcome programme

Our Board of Trustees

Yasmine Fosu

Yasmine started as an intern with us in 2019. Following a successful placement, she joined the team in 2020 and was central to the development of our Tackling Racism Restoratively programme. She is now a Young Trustee, bringing her commitment to social justice and environmental issues to our Board.

Guy Watson

Guy Watson is our Board Chair, and a theatre maker and cultural producer in Cornwall. Guy leads developments for Trebah’s 300 seat open-air amphitheatre and their events and education programmes. At Cornish theatre company Cousin Jack’s, he creates work to inspire children and their families including their famous annual production of The Mousehole Cat. He is an active member of Cornwall Theatre Venues Network.

Tean Roberts

Tean is based on the Isles of Scilly where she grew up, then moved to Cornwall and London to continue her education studying art, photography and writing. Working for the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s Democratic and Corporate department, and Assistant to Chief Executive Paul Masters, Tean is Equalities Lead at CIoS developing the Equalities Policy and equality and diversity mandatory training (using restorative practice).

Atiha Sen Gupta

Atiha Sen Gupta is a writer who is more interested in telling the stories of those who stitch the red carpet rather than those who stand on it. Atiha has written extensively for theatre and TV, most recently for Eastenders, and has been nominated for various important awards. She is interested by finding the places where theatre and restorative justice intersect; particularly as they both centre empathy in their practice.

Abi Cowls

Abi Cowls is passionate about championing young people and is a Mental Health Advisor at Penwith College. She has a Forensic Psychology background and first became interested in RJ on a placement in the prison service. Abi completed her Restorative Leadership training with RJ Working in 2018. Abi’s experience of growing up in Cornwall and direct work with young people bring the needs of our target audience to Board meetings.

Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell grew up in Cornwall and holds a degree in Economics from the University of Bristol. He is highly numerate and enjoys oversight of the financial resources which are vital to our organisational sustainability. He is also a committed environmentalist.

Lesley Chandler

Lesley Chandler is one of our four Founders and an active Quaker. 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.

Derek Hayes

Derek Hayes 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.

Susannah Storey

Susannah Storey is an experienced and expert leader in education, specialising in building community to strengthen schools in times of challenge. She has had an extensive career to date, including 10 years as part of the Senior Leadership Team of a London school, then 5 years as Head of a Cornwall school. Susannah is currently Head of St Day and Carharrack Community School and is passionate about the success of Restorative Practice in improving relationships between members of a school community. Susannah’s dedication to marginalised groups and empowering all young people will be an invaluable asset to our team.

Our Patron

Mark Walters

We are delighted to have the support of Dr. Mark Walters, renowned international academic based at the University of Sussex. His research interests are focused primarily on hate crime studies, as well as criminal law and criminal justice reform with a special emphasis on restorative justice practice and theory. Mark is the author of Hate Crime and Restorative Justice: Exploring Causes, Repairing Harms. 

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