"I began Radical Recruit because I believe it is time to boldly and unapologetically challenge the status quo. It is time to redress the imbalance of opportunity afforded to those labeled; ‘care leaver’, ‘disabled’, ‘gang member’, ‘black’, ‘uneducated’, ‘inexperienced’, ‘homeless’, ‘criminal’, or generally, just ‘not ‘good enough’. It is time to call out businesses who talk a big game when it comes to their commitment to inclusion, equality and diversity but whose policies fail to translate into practice. I am Radical."
Emma witnessed the way in which paid work transformed the lives of more than 400 women who had contact with the criminal justice system, in her previous role as Chief Operating Officer at Working Chance. Throughout her 15-year career in the human services sector, both in the UK and Australia, she excelled in developing and implementing services which strengthened communities and enabled vulnerable people to live lives that they love.
“I became a teacher because I believe education is freedom. I have encountered many children who, born into tumultuous circumstances, are simply unable to access education. As these children grow up they are expected to navigate the world in the same way as their educated peers. Yet they are ill-equipped to do so. Radical Recruit's work begins where mine fails. It empowers, equips and enables people to navigate the world of work and reclaim their place in society. I am privileged to be part of this revolution..
During her time as a Teacher Aide, Jude realised that the Victorian education system catered to a ‘one size fits all’ paradigm which meant any child who was considered ‘other’ such as those with disabilities, those from ‘broken homes’ or those labelled ‘naughty’, were unable to benefit from education in the same way as their counterparts. This disgusted Jude and propelled her to act. As a teacher aide Jude was powerless, so she decided to become a teacher and effect change from within.
Five years later, in 2009, Jude completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Postgraduate Teaching degrees and has been teaching ever since. Initially she worked in secondary schools, in the Eastern Suburbs, as an English Teacher before relocating to the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand where she currently works as an Assistant Principal, teaching Year 5/6 students at a small school in Hokitika.
“Radical Recruit radically recruited me and changed my life. Radical are amazing! They work with marginalised people who are outcast from society. Within two weeks, Radical got me out of a deteriorating mental health situation by making me realise my worth and my value. They showed me what I am capable of, by empowering me and enabling me.”
Mikes is the Chair of Speaker Box (Southwark’s Children in Care Council), a guest lecturer at Brunel University and an incredibly talented workshop facilitator, writer and performer.
In line with his skills and talents; Mikes role at Radical will be varied. In addition to being available for speaking engagements at corporate events, He will lead a team of young people to create a ‘Radical Podcast’ which, through discussion, debate, spoken word, and storytelling, will dispel the damaging stereotypes that keep our young people outcast by perception on the fringes of society.
“I can tell you with certainty, the recruitment industry has not managed to keep pace with societal changes, with most recruiters focusing on the fee they obtain for matching a jobseeker to a vacancy. What I love about Radical Recruit is that they truly put people at the heart of their recruitment process; typically working with those who are currently unemployed. I fully support their drive and passion and I am happy to be on their advisory board.”
Louise, having worked in the industry for the past 30 years has her heart in all things recruitment. She hosts recruitment events and technology showcases and is a trained psychometric assessor. Louise created and still runs the UK Recruiter Knowledge Network which was established back before the idea of recruitment networking was a twinkle in someone’s eye.
“I am a person. I am worthy of coming out of prison and living a normal life like everyone else. Why shouldn’t I? I want to pay taxes. I want to pay my bills. I want a roof over my head. To be able to do that, you have to have the skills to go into an interview and be confident in front of employers. Today I’m living my best life … I am. And I’m glad that I can mentor other people, help support them and give them the opportunities that I was given.”
Chanel has experience of the care and the criminal justice systems. She has courageously acted to regain control of her life after a custodial sentence served at HMP Downview. She has experienced first-hand, the power that paid work can have to transform the lives of people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Chanel’s role at Radical is an important one, as an expert in all things young people, criminal justice, and care; she helps to ensure the services we offer young people are relevant, effective and accessible. She is available for public speaking engagements and her voice is featured on our various social media pages. She looks forward to continuing to dispel negative stereotypes and myths about young people, especially those concerning young people from ethnic minority backgrounds who have had contact with the criminal justice and care systems.
“Ever made a mistake that was really hard to get past? Imagine if that mistake resulted in a criminal record and that no matter how hard you worked; the doors to finding employment and a better future continuously slammed shut in your face. Radical Recruit opens doors for those who cannot do so for themselves. They fight for the underdog and frankly, we need more people and services like this, so I am thrilled to be a supporter.”
Katrina is the author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter. She knows that those in HR talent acquisition and hiring do not have an issue finding people. They do however, have an issue with evoking responses, engagement and preventing candidate ghosting. She shows companies how to solve the problem of candidate engagement by using her extensive industry experience to inspire all those involved in the recruitment lifecycle to improve candidate experience.
Katrina delivers keynotes and facilitates offsite sessions globally. She is the founder of multiple DisruptHR UK events and an Ambassador for Hope for Justice working to end modern day slavery. She also co-hosts ‘The #SocialRecruiting Show’ podcast. You’ll find her championing the #BeHuman cause on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“I support Radical Recruit because their work elicits a systemic change in the way people with a conviction are seen, heard, and treated. Radical sees the potential in people and helps employers to see what they see. Everyone has skills and experience gained from living their lives, which are transferable to the world of work. Radical helps its candidates identify and articulate these to employers so that they have the best chance of success. Radical is about challenging and changing mindsets so everybody in society benefits.”
Elliot spent years addicted to heroin and crack cocaine and served time in various prisons across London and the South East of England. During his time in prison, he gained a mentoring qualification and he is currently training to work with people who experience addiction within community. Elliot has been clean for over two and a half years now and co-runs the popular instagram account @bluebaglife with his partner Lisa.
Together, they tell a story of great adversity and triumph. Their page also provides a platform for others to connect and share their stories in a safe, judgement free space. Elliot is a published author, workshop facilitator, and public speaker. He is available for public speaking engagements and spends much of his time touring the UK to deliver workshops in schools covering subjects such as: mental health, gangs, drugs, and knife crime.
“It’s important we acknowledge those who support people through difficult times; families, partners, friends, loved ones. Their experience becomes a part of our story too. How can we help those we love while still caring for ourselves? Who can we turn to? What is the right thing to do? How can you support those you love through addiction? How do you keep all the balls in the air and maintain your sanity? Radical Recruit recognised my struggles and my strengths; they see me and they care. Radical Recruit understands.”
Lisa is currently investigating the availability, and impact, of arts provision in the UK prison system. She also facilitates art workshops for serving inmates. She co-runs the Instagram account @bluebaglife, which provides a voice for the voiceless including; those incarcerated, their support networks, as well as people affected by addiction and mental health issues.
Lisa has supported loved ones; including her partner, mother and many others who have experienced addiction and had contact with the criminal justice system. These experiences are what motivates Lisa to dedicate her life to reaching out and providing unconditional support to others who are stigmatised by their experience and whose voices are suppressed consequent of their history. Lisa is a published author and is available for keynote and other speaking engagements.
“Leap Psychological Services is proud to team up with Radical Recruit, especially because they enable their aspiring candidates, who come from marginalised backgrounds, to find meaningful paid employment by creating a respectful and supportive environment. We are certain this challenging and noble task will have far-reaching influence and inspire many organisations to do the same.”
Leap Psychological Services offer face-to-face and online psychological and life coaching services. Dr. Dharshi Chelvendra, Founder and Counselling Psychologist at Leap Psychological Services, has considerable experience working with adults (age 16+) with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, mental and physical abuse, loss, self-esteem, grief, life transitions and relationship difficulties. She also works with concerns resulting from relocation/migration and existential and spiritual related issues.
Dharshi works collaboratively, customising her therapeutic approaches to suit her clients’ needs, preferences and philosophies. Therapeutic approaches offered include Person-Centred and Experiential Approaches, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy. Dharshi has a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) in the United Kingdom.