Richard Barnes

Richard is co-director of Geosafe Community Interest Company, a social enterprise aiming to create new employment, housing and social inclusion opportunities for vulnerable people. As well as being an associate of EP-UK, he is also an independent social justice consultant with RPBarnes Associates (RPBA).

For most of his career, Richard was a manager with the Probation Service, with responsibilities that included youth justice, public protection and rehabilitation services across Greater Manchester and in the North West Prisons. He lead on the development of integrated service models that reduced demand and cost in the Justice system; alongside building capacity through asset-based community development approaches.

Key skills & experience

  • Strategic planning
  • Organisational and business development
  • Partnership and stakeholder engagement
  • Service design¬†

These are based on extensive experience of leadership in the justice, wider public service and charity sectors.


Recent projects

  • Big Potential funded project for organisational and business development support to a housing provider.

Objectives were to help improve organisational capability to deliver and measure impact, to harness evidence and increase competitiveness in a redefined market, to identify target opportunities and assist the tendering process.

  • An Oak Foundation funded development of a theory of change model to establish an evaluation framework for a charity sector rehabilitation and support service.

A redesign of data collection and collation processes to optimise impact evidence, and a market and competitor analysis to make recommendations for business structure and growth.

  • An Innovation UK/RIBA funded prison architectural design project commissioned by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

This was a study of building impact and environmental and behavioural psychology. I provided subject matter expertise in a particular context that can also be used to support those organisations looking for behaviour change outcomes, supported by whole organisation or system design.

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