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Speaker Biography

Gary Stephenson

Gary Stephenson, Chief Executive, Restorative Solutions CIC

Gary is a former police officer and spent 32 years with the Lancashire Constabulary. During this time, he was engaged as a practitioner and a senior investigator in the field of organised crime, covert policing, terrorism and intelligence. In his last three years he was a BCU Commander in the Constabulary and introduced Restorative Approaches in Policing in his BCU and the Constabulary.

For the past three years Gary has been working with Restorative Solutions, a Community Interest Company which is committed to developing and progressing restorative approaches in the public arena. Gary took up the role of Chief executive of Restorative Solutions in January this year. Gary has recently been engaged in projects with Drugs Intervention Programmes, Integrated Offender Management Teams, Intensive Alternative to Custody schemes, and Restorative Approaches with Priority & Prolific Offenders. Gary is also the volunteer Chair of the Lancashire Association of Clubs for Young People (LACYP); an organisation which provides young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with opportunities to learn and develop through positive experiences.