Thank you for your interest in Revolving Doors Agency.
I am extremely proud to be the recently appointed Chair. I have been a huge admirer of the charity’s work since its inception not least because, while working as a senior manager both in criminal justice and as CEO of a charity, I saw first-hand how breaking free from the ‘revolving door’ could transform people’s lives.
Here at Revolving Doors Agency we work for those caught in the ‘revolving door’ of crisis and crime. Our criminal justice system misses millions of opportunities each year to break the cycle of crisis and crime. It misses the opportunity to divert young adults into mental health care, before an adulthood of self-medication and repeated reoffending begins. It misses the opportunity to build on abstinence achieved in prison by supporting released prisoners into community services. It misses the opportunities to stop the revolving door. Our ambition for the next five years is that the criminal justice system stops missing these opportunities. We want a smarter criminal justice system that makes the revolving door avoidable and escapable.
So our focus is on how the criminal justice system responds to people who are repeatedly in trouble driven by underlying multiple needs, including poor mental health. This group includes men and women who experience complex trauma, substance misuse, learning disabilities, acquired brain injury, homelessness, domestic violence and a wide range of other social and health issues. As a result of the current global pandemic, society finds itself in a particularly challenging time and the need for Revolving Doors Agency has never been greater.
We know that being trapped in the revolving door is not inevitable. Always grounded in the real world and always evidence-based, we bring the insights of those with lived experience of the ‘revolving door’ together with research to develop more effective services and better policy. We advocate for more user involvement in service development, improvement, inspection and assurance across criminal justice and related systems. And we have good reason to be optimistic. Our ‘Lived Experience Forums’ are run by people who have overcome profound adversity and are now inspiring others. These Forums are power-shifting spaces, bold and truthful powerhouses for co-producing effective solutions to the ‘revolving door’ of crisis and crime. Our vision is for everyone with multiple problems to be supported to reach their full potential. As a result, there will be fewer victims and communities will be safer.
This is an exciting time for Revolving Doors Agency. Due to the success of our recent Short-sighted campaign we are enjoying a renewed connection with Westminster and Whitehall and an increasingly strong media presence. In the last three years we been shortlisted/runner up for five national awards. This has been underpinned by strong financial performance.
We are seeking a new Chief Executive to take us forward, cementing and building upon our successes. We are looking for someone who shares our values of putting people first, bringing people together and seeking lasting change. A passion for our work and an appreciation of the unique insights brought by lived experience are essential.
Our new CEO will have strong emotional intelligence bringing kind and inspiring leadership to our talented, enthusiastic and dedicated team. She or he will develop strong relationships with our partners and stakeholders and will develop and deliver communications strategies to enhance our impact and policy influencing capability at national and local levels.
We hope that you will agree that this is an exciting opportunity to help drive the success of an increasingly influential charity that is having substantial impact on national policy and on the lives of extremely vulnerable people and we look forward to hearing from you.
Chair of Board of Trustees