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“If I prevent one child in a class from getting involved in knife crime, then that is a result. If I can show that child what happened to me, and make sure a life of crime is avoided, I am delighted. Now is the time to act in schools and I am proud to be part of any scheme to keep crime down.” Bobby has worked tirelessly to improve conditions for ex-offenders as a chief executive of UNLOCK, the National Association of Reformed Offenders. He spent 15 years campaigning against the social exclusion and discrimination that prevents ex-criminals from ‘going straight’. He was successful in persuading sections of the insurance and banking industries by joining forces with Halifax and Barclays, helping those released from prison and their families to open bank accounts and get insurance.“This is all about stopping people re-offending. Without a basic bank account and tools to integrate back into society, offenders do what they know best – they go off offending again and end up in prison once more. What is the point in that?”
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She was born and grew up in Osaka, Japan as a daughter of a typical Japanese family. Since leaving University in Tokyo in 1992 she has resided in several countries in including US, UK and Holland.
Her Initial contact with the disadvantaged groups was when she was working as a reporter in Japan researching the Japanese juridical system in after-care of those who was addicted to substances. Since then she has travelled throughout most of her life witnessing first hand the obstacles these people face, which has now made her a patron of the Manor Women’s Project.
Since marrying Bobby she has been a back engine of every project Bobby had involved himself in, supporting him not only in functional level but as someone who can offer ideas from different prospective.
Ferris was a gangland enforcer for underworld kingpin Arthur ‘The Godfather’ Thompson. His dad William was a convicted bank robber — and his brother Billy is currently serving life for murder. As a teenage hood, Ferris was locked up for the first time in 1981 after admitting assault and robbery. In 1998 Ferris was caged for a total of 45 years for conspiracy to sell firearms and explosives in London. But it was later ruled the trial judge exceeded his powers and the sentence was cut to seven years, of which he served in full at Sutton Prison, Yorks, and Frankland Prison, near Durham, where he completed courses in enhanced thinking, drugs and alcohol awareness and the impact of crime on victims. He also received accreditation from Durham University.Since his release in 2002 he has set up “Redemption Project” – a crusade to help some of the country’s most vicious lags break out of the spiral of violence and reintegrate into normal society. His biographical film “The Wee Man” has its premiere early this year.
Carolyn graduated Carnegie College in Dunfermline in 2001 after studying HND in Social Science and being Awarded with merit. In 2007 she went back onto education attending Darnley Career Academy majoring in Forensics & Crime Scene Investigation(with awarded merit), Introduction to Criminology,and Paralegal Studies. From 2009 on she also studied Inner Healing (certificated), Journal Therapy (certificated), and Psychic Development(Diploma)at Stonebridge Accredited College.
She has teamed up with her husband Paul Ferris and started”The Redemption Project” in their hometown Glasgow dealing with reducing crime in youth gangs, and supporting reformed offenders. She is also a co-designer of the CEN programme, which she put her expertise into merged with Paul’s insight on prison education.
Najem graduated from University of Paisley with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. After a number of years in the IT field, Najem retrained in Architecture and Construction, specialising in Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) as a primary method of construction. He has been actively involved in improvements to the construction industry generally, including a petition in the Scottish Parliament as well as addressing the Cross Party Group on Construction – with a dream to minimise (if not eliminate) the excessive financial risks small family run construction firms face on a daily basis. Najem and his team have meticulously planned the Midas EcoHub and ancilliary buildings to make the developments self sustaining with low carbon footprints at each stage of their lifecycle.
Sue Hobbs has over 30 years experience in the fields of social work, probation and criminal justice. She has a professional qualification in social work,holding specialist posts in local authority social services and the probation service. For 7 years she was employed as a Senior Probation Officer for the then County Durham Probation Service and focused on community sentences and offender management. For over 12 years she has held higher education academic posts in criminology and criminal justice. For 6 years she was employed a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice (Probation) and taught qualifying probation officers. She also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Kingston University. She recently carried out research for NOMS in relation to young adults’ transition from Youth Offending Teams to the Probation Service, and acted as an academic adviser to HMI Probation.
“When I saw Charlie for the last time, we talked about the appalling amount of young people going to prison and the fact they thought they had no hope. Charlie and I both agreed that there is a lot written about this and a lot of training companies offering training that amounted to nothing though gaining large amount of money from government. Though they meant well and had good intention, they did not truly understand the client group nor the culture surrounding crime and these young people. You would not think waking into a jungle with a guide who just read about it you would need a guide that trodden in the paths that leads you to safety on the other side. It was then when Charlie, I and Paul Ferris realized that we had the history and street credibility and knowledge to work alongside the academics and the government to achieve crime reduction and give these young people a true investment in society.
I, hereby present you our dear friend, and our Honourary Co-Founder, Charlie Richardson. Though Charlie was portrayed as a notorious gang leader, there was another side to Charlie that was never written about.”
On leaving school, Dick worked as a labourer, warehouseman, dustman, road sweeper and briefly as a clerk, before going to night-school to study for O and A levels. He then trained as a schoolteacher and worked in London schools for four years.He studied sociology at the LSE and was awarded a PhD by the University of Surrey, before working at the Centre of Criminological Research at the University of Oxford. In 1990 he took a teaching post at Durham University, and held Chairs in both the Sociology and Law departments. He moved to the LSE in September 2005 as Chair of Sociology and Criminology, and joined Essex University in 2011. Currently he is the Professor of Sociology and Director of the Criminology Centre at Essex University. He specializes in the sociology of deviance, working class entrepreneurship, research methodology, and professional and organised crime. He is currently working on a collaborative study of Policing and the social impact of the 2012 Olympics. …See All Publications by Prof. Dick Hobbs
Shadd Maruna (Ph.D., Northwestern University, USA) is a professor of Justice Studies and Human Development at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, and a director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Previously, he has taught at theUniversity of Cambridge (UK) and the University at Albany, SUNY (USA). He is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews, as well as books. In 2011, he was named the recipient of the inaugural Howard League for Penal Reform Research Medal. In 2004, he was named the Distinguished New Scholar in Corrections and Sentencing by the ASC. He is the Editor of the book series “Psychology, Crime and Justice” for American Psychological Association Books, the Regional Chair of the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Society of Criminology, and was formerly the Vice Chair for the Division of Corrections and Sentencing, American Society of Criminology. His research focuses on learning from success stories in prisoner reintegration.
Mark Johnson was born in the West Midlands in 1970. He was a prolific offender and abuser of drugs and alcohol from childhood. In the 90′s he became immersed in the drugs and the rave scene, became addicted to heroin and crack. He finally left crime behind in 2000. Since then he has set up his own tree surgery business focusing on employing ex-offenders and recovering addicts. He was awarded The Prince’s Trust Young Achiever of the Year Award and the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award in recognition of this work. Mark is now employed as a consultant on the Criminal Justice system at National and International level, speaking out for reform to policy-makers all over the world. As a special adviser to both the National Probation Service and The Prince’s Trust, he is spearheading a number of projects which aim to bring young offenders and addicts back into society and give them a voice. He regards his extraordinary life experience as his qualification.
“At the heart of Open Book is the ethos that everyone has the right to fulfill their academic potential.”
Joe Baden, himself an Ex-offender from South London, founded the Open Book Project, which is based at Goldsmith’s College, London. Here he argues for the benefits of a personalized and holistic approach to offender learning in the community. Joe has been honoured with numerous awards for his achievements including fellowship at Southbank University, Longford Prize, and makes regular appearances as a speaker at educational conferences. Joe was also a trustee of a national charity for reformed offenders. At Open Book project he assists those from the previous offending or addiction background in achieving academic goals as well as their daily dilemmas they may face from time to time. Joe is a passionate Milwall supporter as well.
Tony Tindale had a long career in the RAF travelling to many parts of the world to ensure the efficient support of RAF and Joint operations. For a few years after leaving the RAF he worked as a lecturer at the Saudi Arabian Air force Officers Academy.On returning to the UK he started working with unemployed, mainly young people.He moved on to managing a project working with ex drug users, ex-offenders, and saw many enter vocational training programmes with some 40% gaining long term employment. Over 8 years he has developed links with a number of prisons in the West Midlands and sits as an independent member of equality teams in 3 prisons.He is also a member of the regional CPS hate crime review panel. He is a regional Magistrate.
Steve Daly is a Film Producer and well knownCasting Director who has been working in Film and Television production for over 20 years. He has cast many feature films including “Rise of The Footsoldier”, “A Lonely Place To Die” and “The Kid”, starring Rupert Friend and Ioan Gruffudd. Steve has worked with many award winning directors such as Michael Winterbottom, Woody Allen, Anthony Minghella and Paul Verhoeven.Recently he cast a feature called “The Wee Man” to be released in the January 2013 starring Martin Compston and John Hannah. Steve also produced Boogie Woogie starring Heather Graham, Gillian Anderson, Christopher Lee and Joanna Lumley. American productions include American Cowslip starring Val Kilmer, Peter Falk and Diane Ladd. He has also cast many TV commercials and music Videos. …….. See Steve’s IMDb Page
David comes from the deprived states of South London. At young age he was caught up in street gangs and violence. He spent times in children’s homes and institutions until his early teens. Coming from a mix race family and suffering from Dyslexia, David had to combat and deal with all forms of discrimination. David went on to work in Housing associations for ex offenders and mental health clients and was part of Critical response team. David also worked full time as a community service supervisor providing vocational training and emotional support to offenders for 7 years. He then worked in the approved premises probation hostel in 24/7 operation managing very high risk offenders (MAPPA) which was the out of hours contact for the whole of Kent area doing risk assessments for 8 years. He was shown to have a good empathy with the offender client group he was working with. He is also a trustee of a National Charity.
Paddy Hobbs was born in Leystonstone East London in 1985. After graduating from Northumbria University in 2007, specialising in business, he has since carved out a highly successful career in Public Relations in London. As well as mentoring aspiring young students from underprivileged backgrounds, his work in consumer and corporate PR has seen him gain numerous industry accolades, including being named as one of most highly rated young professionals in the industry by PR Weeks annual ’29 under 29′ list.