In Organizing Genuis:The Secrets of Creative Callaboration, Warren Bennis and Pat Ward Biederman write what they call "Great Groups,"collections of people with similar interests who create something much better that any of them could create indivually - who become more than the sum of the parts.
These are some of my tribe, innovators i regularly callaborate with, who have the same passion and shared values for everything we do.
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." - Henry Ford
I am a freelance consultant and trainer. I work primarily for a number of local authorities including the City of Leeds, where I am providing consultancy to develop a city wide approach to Restorative Practices. I have over 10 years’ experience of implementing RP in a wide range of services and agencies, beginning at the innovative Sefton Centre for RP on Merseyside.
I have worked for a number of national training providers and have worked both nationally and internationally. My early experience was training and delivering services in the criminal justice sector and continue to work for and with youth offending teams and Police Services.
I have a particular interest in the application of RP in services working with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and have worked with specialist services to develop this approach.
I am a member of the Restorative Justice Council and sit as part of their Standards and Accreditation Board.
I am married with four children and two grand children. Although now living in Nottingham, I am a lifelong Liverpool Football Club supporter and follow them closely, as well my new local team.
Sharon Inglis has worked with children, their families and professionals working around them for over 20 years. As director of Circles Training and Consultancy she works closely with local authorities both nationally and internationally to plan and implement a range of restorative practices to transform relationships between families and the State.
Sharon’s particular areas of expertise include the use of Family Group Conferences to support a family rights based approach when decisions need to be made about children’s safety, the use of restorative processes within a domestic violence context and a broad interest in culture and organizational change.
Kelly Thompson the founder of Community Linx established in 2011 & Director of KLT Training & Consultancy.
My expertise spreads across multiple sectors - these include:
I first came accross Restorative Practice in 2010 and embarked on all training programmes. Once trained I implemented RP approaches accross multiple homeless services. This then became an ethos I whole heartedly adopted across all of my business interests and ways of working.
I have been involved in the field restorative practices since 1999 and have delivered restorative services within two Local Authority Youth Offending Services including overseeing a pilot project in the very early days of restorative justice being introduced into the youth justice system which gained national recognition. More recently I have specialised in working within the education sector working across 200 schools in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. Since 2012 I have worked as an independent consultant and practitioner based in Yorkshire.
I have been a certified restorative practices facilitator and trainer since 2001 and have worked throughout the United Kingdom delivering training across multi agency with a predominance in both the justice and education sector but also health, social and residential care and business sectors.
My particular focus is on working with schools to enable them to change their ethos and adapt a whole school approach to restorative practice through working with the whole school community - staff, children, parents, governors and the wider community. Although I also maintain an interest in the justice sector.Alongside my training and consultation work I remain a committed practitioner working regularly in schools delivering hands on restorative processes.
Outside of work I run and I cycle (when my legs are too hurt to run) off road on the hills and fells of the South Pennines, I am a UK Athletics qualified coach and have been involved in junior athletics/running for many years.
I am ridiculously happily married with 3 fantastic sons.