Ben Lyon is an experienced restorative practitioner and the Chair of the RJ4All International Institute.
In the past, he acted as a trainer and researcher on the Restorative Justice in Europe Project funded by the European Commission and has managed the CONNECT project for NACRO. Furthermore, he has acted as the Chair of the User Scrutiny Panel of Restore: London, funded by the Mayor of London. Ben has been chair of the London Restorative Justice Network and is a founder member of the Association of Restorative Practitioners (UK). He was also a member of the Home Office RJ Training and Accreditation Group, which was responsible for producing the UK Best Practice Guidelines for restorative practitioners.
His involvement with restorative justice started in 1998, following research with Thames Valley Police and attendance on the first Birkbeck College Restorative Justice course. A Metropolitan Police career led him to specialise in working with young people and youth crime in 1991. He joined the pilot Lewisham Youth Offending Team (YOT) in 1999, with responsibility for developing and delivering restorative interventions. As part of that pilot role he provided an RJ consultation facility for staff from emerging Y.O.T.s.
He has undertaken specific restorative justice conference training with Thames Valley Police, also Family Group Conference training and specific courses relevant to serious and complex cases with West Midlands Probation Service. He has provided a variety of RJ training on behalf of NACRO, IARS and RJ4All, and managed various restorative justice interventions. He is also an independent restorative practitioner and consultant.