About us

James Richards

James became one of the Centre's Trustees in November 2019.

James works at Westminster City Council – undertaking the reduction and prevention of anti social behaviour, crime and disorder in the community safety and public protection department.  Prior to that, he worked in the Brent Council Community Safety Team, working to divert perpetrators of anti-social behaviour away from the criminal justice system, substance misuse, deterioration of mental health and homelessness. 

Previous roles have also included include working in collaboration between the a charity and a local authority with the charity sector and LAs – St Giles Trust and Lambeth Council Gangs and Violent Crime Reduction Team – undertaking case work diverting young people involved in gangs to exit and desist from a life style of crime, violence and exploitation. He has also worked for Catch 22 and Nacro.

James holds a BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Social Policy. Following a visit to Angola undertook an MSc in Global Governance and Internal Security Studies, focussing on civil wars and international relations. He spent a one-year internship at International Alert – the peace-building NGO – working on  negotiating post conflict training for staff from the East Africa Standby Force, African Union, European Commission, the United Nations, the European Security and Defence Policy crisis management missions and the European Peace building Liaison Officer.

He also undertook a part-time position at the International Action Network on Small Arms – where he assisted with campaigning work, including the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence, Arms Trade Treaty and the United Nations Programme of Action. In this role he also provided monitoring of UN developments in relation to Small Arms and Light Weapons: tracking developments of countries regulation of arms transfers and undertook desk research, literature reviews and policy positions.