Enhancing restorative practice & connecting practitioners.
The professional membership association for development and support of Restorative Practices.
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Members of the International board of Restorative Practices International.
Peta Blood (AU) - Director & Chair
Peta is a co-founder and founding member of RPI.
“What altered my perception of restorative justice from a concept to something that I absolutely had to be part of, was participating in a restorative conference 1995. As an affected person this was the most powerful healing process I had ever experienced, watching as my own and everyone’s pain dissolve, as stories were shared.
Having formally and informally applied restorative approaches in policing, prisons, schools, workplaces and communities, I am now convinced that this work is unlimited in its application. Our world needs this more urgently than ever. Working on the board of RPI is a great vehicle to promote this critical work and connect people who know how the difference RJ can make.”
Margaret Thorsborne (AU) - Director & Vice Chair
Marg is a co-founder and founding member of RPI.
My first exposure to restorative justice felt like I had been struck by a bolt of (good) lightning. It has continued to be so for me, as I work to help transform relationships and organisations. It is truly exciting work.
Being on the board of RPI continues to provide me with an opportunity to expand my networks and understanding of other sectors that work in this healing space, connecting with some truly outstanding and wise folk who share the same vision to make a difference.
Chris Straker (UK) - Director & Secretary
The importance of connection and relationships is something what I am passionate about, which is why I introduced RP into a large secondary school in Hull, England in 2007. I saw RP as a way to build relational practice at the heart of everything we did in the wider school community. I believe that school communities thrive both in terms of behaviour and achievement, when equity and inclusion sit at the heart of a school.
Being on the board has given me the opportunity to work with inspiring colleagues who are committed to encouraging the RP community to share beyond local and national boundaries.
Sue Attrill (AU) - Director and Treasurer
I first learnt about Restorative approaches when working in a support role in schools and am excited and passionate about spreading the word. As a longstanding Branch Member of RPI QLD, I joined the RPI Board of Directors in February 2020. Working with the board is a welcome opportunity for me to connect with likeminded people who share a vision that values relationship and connectedness.
Bronwyn Clee (AU) - Director
I stumbled into Restorative Justice in 2000 and it was love at first bite! Having facilitated many restorative processes, it was when I participated as a victim, in a victim offender conference in 2005, that went terribly wrong, I experienced the true value of skillfully facilitated processes.
I firmly believe that safe practices can help heal hurt and harm and am passionate about facilitating courageous conversations to help resolve conflict and tension restoratively.
Everard (Ev) Halbert (NZ) - Director
After completing my last law elective in 2001, I said ‘yes’ to attending a restorative justice training course. I continued on to the ocean of restorative practice where I see hope and healing. I joined the board to support connection, sharing, and learning. My background in Māori studies, law, mediation, and restorative practice has drawn me into restorative spaces with community law, police, education, corrections, youth, justice, and communities in conflict.
Julia Hennessy (NZ) – Director
Jim McGrath (NI) - Director
Clare Nocka (AU) - Director
Kirsty Ferguson - Director
I love the potential that Restorative Practice has to resolve the tricky stuff whilst holding the wellbeing and care of all parties central to the process. I love the potential for transformation, that people emerge from these difficult moments in life with greater understanding of themselves, others and the organisations that they are a part of.
Ruth Levy - Director
My first exposure to RJ was as a young activist lawyer in South Africa during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1996. As South Africans, we sat glued to the radio listening to the daily wounded memories of our shamed past and holding our breath that the restoration of justice and forgiveness would overcome the basic instinctual need for violent retribution. Many years later, I transitioned from working in the adversarial legal system to working restoratively in resolving workplace conflict. The privilege of joining the RPI Board is the pinnacle of my dedication to this field.