David Royce to step down from Crime Reduction Initiatives

Royce (pictured), who founded the charity and spent 19 years in the chief executive's job, will be replaced by David Biddle

David Royce
David Royce

David Royce, the founder and chief executive of Crime Reduction Initiatives, the health and social care charity, is to step down after 19 years in the role.

David Biddle, the deputy chief executive at the charity, will take over the role from 1 October. Royce will become a consultant with a part-time advisory role at CRI and in the wider sector, a statement from the charity said.

During Royce’s time in charge, the charity’s turnover has grown from £200,000 a year to £100m a year in 2012/13.

Royce said in a statement that the charity had been developing a succession plan for some time and the changing nature of the sector meant it was a good time for him to stand aside and pursue a consultancy role.

"It has been a privilege and an honour to have led CRI for 19 years," he said. "I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the field and have been inspired and motivated daily by the service users we help. 

"CRI has already announced its intention to develop its criminal justice services as a result of the changes proposed for the probation service. We therefore feel that this is the perfect time to put in place a new structure to lead the organisation through a period of great opportunity and change.

"David Biddle’s breadth of knowledge and expertise achieved over his 17 years with CRI make him the perfect candidate to take the organisation from strength to strength."

Biddle, who joined the organisation in 1996, has been deputy chief executive for seven years. 

He said: "This is one of the biggest periods of change our sector has been through. I’m looking forward to building on David Royce’s work to see how we can use our size and experience to benefit other smaller voluntary services and, ultimately, provide the best care possible for end users."

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