Dr. Claire Bonham

Dr. Claire Bonham

Director

E-mail: director@iars.org.uk

I am delighted to be joining the IARS team and to pick up the mantle from Theo at this exciting time in the organisation’s development. The values of IARS align closely with my own, as I believe in local community-led solutions that start with the assets in that community and allow the marginalised to find their voice. I am also a passionate advocate for restorative justice – having seen the extraordinary power it has through my work in prisons. Restorative Justice can be such a life changing programme for so many victims and offenders, and I believe wholeheartedly in the values of dialogue and vulnerable, non-adversarial ways of managing conflict by which this is inspired.

I have over 15 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, championing the causes of children, the elderly and victims of crime, homelessness and poverty, around the world – most recently working in a national role for The Salvation Army across the UK and Ireland. Before that I gained my PhD in International Relations from the University of Exeter; focusing on global social movements .

In my spare time I volunteer to support victims of human trafficking and sing with a London-based choir.  I enjoy baking and following most sports and love walking in this amazing city, having recently completed the Capital Ring Walk around London.”