Short bio

Christopher is Co-director of Unlock, an independent award-winning charity that provides a voice and support for people with convictions who are facing stigma and obstacles because of their criminal record. He oversees the charity’s activities, projects, communications and work to influence policy. He is one of the country’s foremost experts on criminal record disclosure and the long-term barriers of criminal convictions.

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Full bio

Christopher is Co-director of Unlock, an independent award-winning charity that provides a voice and support for people with convictions who are facing stigma and obstacles because of their criminal record.

Role and responsibilities

Christopher is responsible for the management of Unlock’s activities; this includes overseeing staff and volunteers that run the charity’s confidential peer-run helpline and other support for individuals.

He’s also responsible for engagement with stakeholders at both operational and policy levels and working with other organisations, including delivering training practitioners and providing support to employers and other organisations that deal with criminal records, encouraging the recruitment of people with criminal records through Unlock’s Fair Access to Employment

Finally, Christopher leads Unlock’s policy work, working with government and others in supporting and challenging the ways that criminal records are dealt with. This includes supporting campaigns such as Ban the Box and being the media spokesperson for the charity.

Christopher Stacey was appointed Co-director of Unlock in 2013. He joined the charity in 2008.

External representation

Christopher is:

During his time at Unlock, Christopher has:

  • Been a member of the government’s Independent Advisory Panel on the Disclosure of Criminal Records, which led to a process of filtering for old/minor convictions being introduced.
  • Contributed to national and regional press (including the Guardian, Independent, and Telegraph newspapers as well as the Huffington Post and Prospect magazine), national TV (including BBC Breakfast and ITV’s Good Morning Britain) and national radio (including BBC Radio 4 and BBC 5 Live)

Achievements

During his time at Unlock, he has:

Awards and recognition

Background

True to Unlock being a peer-run charity, Christopher has a criminal record; in October 2006 he was convicted of a number of theft offences and received a suspended prison sentence. Prior to joining the charity, Christopher graduated from the University of Hull in 2007, gaining a 2.1 in LLB Law, and followed this by completing an LLM masters in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Leeds, graduating in September 2008 with a merit.

 

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