Christopher is director (services) for the reformed-offenders’ charity, Unlock, responsible for the management of funded work, client-focused work and engagement with stakeholders at both operational and policy levels. This includes managing Unlock’s helpline and other services for individuals. He’s also responsible for working with employers, government, insurers and others at a policy level in supporting and challenging the ways that criminal records are dealt with.
Christopher joined the charity in 2008, initially focusing on launching Unlock’s helpline. Since then, he was responsible for developing and launching the online form. He started the monthly e-newsletter, pioneered work around access to employment, including reforming the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the broader criminal record checking regime, and was responsible for developing www.disclosurecalculator.org.uk.
On a personal level, Christopher has a criminal record, having been convicted in October 2006 for theft and converting criminal property. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Prison Service Journal, and in 2010 he ran the London Marathon to raise money for Unlock. 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.