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Christopher is Co-director of Unlock, an independent award-winning charity which provides a voice and support for people with convictions. 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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Christopher is Co-director of Unlock, an independent award-winning charity which provides a voice and support for people with convictions. Christopher is responsible for the management of activities, client-focused work and engagement with stakeholders at both operational and policy levels. 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 the charity’s work with other organisations, including delivering training practitioners and providing support to employers and other organisations that deal with criminal records, encouraing the recruitment of people with criminal records through Unlock’s Fair Access to EmploymentFinally, 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.

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Christopher Stacey was appointed Co-director of Unlock in 2013. He joined the charity in 2008, and from 2011 to March 2014 Christopher led Unlock’s banking project, working with senior banking executives, government ministers and departments to develop access to basic bank accounts for people leaving prison, which he brought to its successful conclusion in 2014.

During his time at Unlock, he has:

  • Been 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)
  • Worked with the DBS and co-published guidance for individuals on criminal record checks.
  • Worked with the insurance industry to inform and advise on good practice.
  • Worked with employers who have sought advice on employing people with convictions.
  • Successfully campaigned for reforms to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
  • Designed and delivered disclosure training courses for people who advise and support people with convictions as part of their work.
  • Project-managed a number of key developments at Unlock, including establishing the charity’s helpline in 2007, launching a comprehensive self-help information site, developing an innovative disclosure tool, setting up an online forum and running an online magazine.
  • Highly commended in the Social CEOs awards 2016 as best senior leader

On a personal level, Christopher has a criminal record, having been convicted in October 2006 for theft and converting criminal property. 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.

Christopher is the media spokesperson for Unlock.


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