MEET THE TEAM
Our experience spans mental health, drug treatment, homelessness & housing, health & social care, policing, community safety, welfare, families, employment, and criminal justice.
Chris had her own consultancy for fifteen years following an early career in advertising. She then went on to work in academia, at the Care Quality Commission and the NHS before joining Revolving Doors. Due to a longstanding Radio4 obsession, she often falls asleep listening to the shipping forecast.
“My all-consuming passion is social justice. One guiding principle I’ve learned during my time in private, academic, statutory and voluntary organisations is never, ever to believe those well-worn stereotypes about efficiency or innovation. And my experience has also convinced me that good information can drive better services in just about any context – as long as it’s combined with leaders who have open minds and willing hearts.”
Head of Partnerships
Katy is our Head of Partnerships. She was previously with Nacro where she managed the Offender Health Collaborative of which Revolving Doors is a key partner. She learned her project management skills at UNESCO in Paris where for over a decade she worked on programmes from open technologies for education to HIV and health education. She then returned to the UK the long way round, completing a circumnavigation in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. This hasn’t cured her of the sailing bug – her best weekends are those spent on the water.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of my work with the Revolving Doors Agency in my previous role was to ensure that lived experience fed into the delivery of all of our work across the Offender Health Collaborative programme. This insistence on putting the most-affected people at the heart of everything the agency does is its real point of difference in the field of multiple and complex disadvantage and the reason why the solutions it proposes are so relevant, workable and appropriate to the needs of people who often feel ignored or abandoned by the communities they live in.”
Head of Involvement
Andy’s job is to make sure the voices and experiences of people caught in the revolving door inspire us, shape policy and set our priorities. He has worked in this type of role since 2004 primarily in the homeless, mental health and substance use sectors, including eleven years at St Mungo’s. During that time he has established lived experience employment and volunteer schemes, forums, delivered peer research projects and set up the first recovery college outside the NHS. In his spare time he plays a lot of football, supports Charlton Athletic and loves going to gigs, where he admits he’s stuck in a 90s electronica, techno, indie time warp!
“If you focus on abilities and provide opportunities, people can transform their lives. Involvement leads to a more creative way of working and I’m excited by the potential of peer support to empower people. I’ve seen the idea of involvement evolve from something tokenistic or ‘too difficult’ to an exciting time where those with lived experience are genuinely setting the agenda and shaping services. There’s still more to achieve ─ we’re only beginning to understand the true impact of this approach.”
Head of Policy
Nathan is our Head of Policy and his job is to make sure we have a positive impact on the way government and services work with people caught in the revolving door of crime and crisis. In his early career he worked in the charity sector providing healthcare advocacy services in the community and prisons, after which he worked for Clinks championing the role of the voluntary sector in criminal justice, eventually heading up their policy and communications work. More recently he has worked for HM Inspectorate of Probation, the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service supporting the reform of probation services.
“I joined Revolving Doors Agency because it is one of those special organisations that can and has changed the world. I want to see real and positive change in the way we support people caught up in our criminal justice system, and I believe there’s a lot we can do. To do that we will make our case with robust data, supported by the right relationships across our sector and government, sparking public debate, and crucially advised and guided by people with lived experience. That’s why I’m so excited to be here leading this vital policy work.”
Burcu Borysik is the Policy Manager at Revolving Doors Agency, overseeing our prevention workstream and leading on partnerships with police services and Police and Crime Commissioners. Over the past ten years, Burcu has evaluated and supported the implementation of several governments funded projects and provided training and consultancy for local commissioners and service providers across private and public sectors. Prior to joining Revolving Doors Agency, she was employed as the Head of Systems Change. Previously, she was Policy Manager at Homeless Link, overseeing a large portfolio of policy projects on supported housing, social care and health. Outside work, she enjoys arts, jazz and running.
“My experience of working across housing, criminal justice and health sectors has taught me the importance of challenging the fragmented approach in policymaking and service delivery, which often exacerbates problems and loses sight of the person. I am particularly drawn to the Revolving Doors Agency’s approach that combines lived experience, research and policy expertise to designing practical but ambitious system improvements.”
Dan has spent several years volunteering and working for Peace Brigades International (PBI) in Colombia and London. Before joining Revolving Doors in October 2018, Dan managed Service User Involvement and Peer Mentoring projects in Camden. He holds an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights and likes running, swimming, going to gigs and the odd Colombia-related event every now and then.
“I am passionate about supporting people to get involved in meaningful activity which can benefit both themselves and society at large. My job is to recruit and support people with lived experience to have their voices heard and, in this way, I can contribute to positive social change which I believe should come from the grassroots.”