Steering Committee

RPI Steering Committee Members 2018:

Catherine Ashe RP Consultant
Claire Casey Childhood Development Initiative
Hugh Campbell (Advisory) Senior Lecturer, Ulster University
Ursula Fernee The Probation Service
Vera Hogan Mediators Institute of Ireland
Christine Hunter Restorative Practices Forum Northern Ireland
Edel Kelly GYDP Best Practice Unit
Geraldine McCorry Restorative Practices Forum Northern Ireland
Jim McGrath Netcare
Janette McKnight Restorative Practices Forum Northern Ireland
Catherine O’Connell Facing Forward
Damian O’Donavan An Garda Siochána
Kieran O’Dwyer RP Consultant
Emmett Smith Young Community Leaders
Marian Quinn (Chair) Childhood Development Initiative

Expectations of Committee Members:

  • That all discussions and decisions will be managed restoratively and members will actively participate in meeting the objectives of the RPI;
  • That we live and practice from a restorative philosophy, and subscribe to the vision of the RPI;
  • That between six and eight meetings will be held annually, of which each individual will attend at least two thirds;
  • Whilst individuals may be attending on behalf of organisations, alternating representation would not be helpful to the working of the Steering Committee;
  • Those representing organisations will seek to bring the perspectives and developments of their own organisation to the RPI, and equally, to disseminate the developments and perspectives of the RPI within their host organisation;
  • The quorum for meetings will be half the steering committee members, or four, whichever is the lesser;
  • All sub-committees will be chaired by a member of the Steering Committee to ensure effective communication and coordination.

Role and Purpose of the RPI Steering Committee:

  • To promote restorative practice as a key approach to prevention and early intervention within the context of a life cycle approach;
  • To develop the potential for restorative practices to support inclusion within communities and across sectors;
  • To identify potential for collaboration and joint developments;
  • To work collaboratively with other structures and organisations, particularly the Northern Ireland Restorative Justice Forum;
  • To develop capacity, systems and infrastructures which support the growth and evolution of restorative practices, as well as build their sustainability;
  • To progress and support locally based accreditation and training options;
  • To offer those interested in the strategic development of restorative practices a space for reflecting, crystallising, sharing and deepening understanding.