Christopher Stacey of Unlock

Stacey, 30, has been co-director at Unlock, a charity that supports people with criminal convictions, since 2013

Christopher Stacey
Christopher Stacey

Q. What's it like to lead a charity you've been a beneficiary of?

A. I have a criminal conviction for theft and Unlock was helpful to me back then when I needed support. It's helped me understand why we are important. My aim is to make sure we have an ear to the ground and a voice at the top.

Q. Would you describe yourself as ambitious?

A. I have big ambitions for myself in terms of what I want to achieve for the charity. Collectively, we achieve a lot of things and we've done that only through the dedication and commitment of staff, trustees, volunteers and anyone involved with the charity. I think it is down to the fact that it is a user-led charity - many of us have convictions. There's an intrinsic belief that what you are doing is important.

Q. There's an age gap between you and your co-director Julie Harmsworth, so does that have an effect?

A. Our roles do balance each other out to some degree, because we do have slightly different ways of going about things. I might be more inclined to be a bit bolder and more ambitious in what we do, and sometimes it's helpful to have somebody else with a different perspective, to say maybe we should think this through first.

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