New Chair of Trustees at Unlock
We’re delighted to announce that Andrew Henley, Lecturer in Criminology at Keele University, has recently been appointed to the role of Chair of Trustees at Unlock.
Andrew has been a member of Unlock’s Board since 2013 and prior to this he conducted research for the charity’s information hub. His association with the charity is linked to his research interest in the post-sentence impact of criminal records on people’s life chances. He has recently submitted his PhD which took the form of a critical history of legal rehabilitation in England and Wales. The thesis examined in detail the conception and passage of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 – a piece of legislation which enables certain criminal records to become ‘spent’ after a period of time, meaning that they do not need to be declared for most purposes. However, a large number of occupations are exempt from the protections of this Act and prison sentences over a certain length (currently four years) are not capable of becoming ‘spent’ under the law – a position which Unlock has long been involved in challenging.
On his appointment as Chair, Andrew said:
“It is a real honour to be leading the Board of Unlock. With only a small team of staff and volunteers, the charity really does punch above its weight in terms of impact. Each year it helps hundreds of thousands of individuals with information, advice and advocacy and supports them to move forwards positively with their lives. Crucially, because the charity does not receive funding for delivering services on behalf of government, it is able to take a critical stance and challenge unjust policies and practices, effecting real changes of benefit to the 10.5 million people in the UK with a criminal record.”
Written by Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock
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