Gary Burton and Louise Scott have joined Beyond Recovery as directors to support its continued growth. They are working closely with Beyond Recovery founder, Jacqueline Hollows, to share their respective expertise and help realise her vision for its evolution.
Gary, a sales and marketing expert, has been involved with Beyond Recovery for several years. He joined as a facilitator back in 2016 after hearing Jacqueline speak at the 3P Conference that same year. He was deeply impacted by what he heard and knew instantly that he wanted to be involved.
After completing his training, Gary joined the team of facilitators to deliver Beyond Recovery’s programme at HMP Onley. He did this for several days each month to shorten the growing waiting list. Gary loved getting to know the men in prison and found the experience hugely rewarding. Although now back in business, he regularly meets up with the team and the Beyond Recovery Apprentices to help them adjust to life outside prison.
“The transformations I’ve seen since working with Beyond Recovery are incredible. I’ve loved watching people gain the [Three Principles] understanding at a deeper and deeper level. The Beyond Recovery people are an incredible bunch. When you work with them and the guys they help, you get so much more out of it than you put in – it’s magical.”
Louise has worked as a criminal defence solicitor for more than 20 years but has long felt disillusionment in the criminal justice system. She sees that it is under tremendous pressure and severely lacking, particularly where rehabilitation is concerned. She also believes there is a serious lack of understanding about the vulnerability of people in prison.
After attending an open day at HMP Onley in 2016, Louise was struck by the incredible level of insight the men on the Beyond Recovery programme were exhibiting, and she quickly realised that she wanted to be involved. She has been working closely with Jacqueline, on research and funding applications as well as vision and growth, and she is delighted to be a director.
“Beyond Recovery is breaking down barriers in prison and having a real impact on the inmates, which then filters down to the prison staff. I love working with Jacqueline and I think it’s amazing that she’s facilitating such change and that the Beyond Recovery approach is so human. It gives me hope that things in our prisons can improve.”
Jacqueline said of her new directors: “I am thrilled that Gary and Louise have agreed to become Beyond Recovery directors. They are from very different professional backgrounds which brings great breadth to their expertise which, along with their enthusiasm and supportiveness, is invaluable. Together with the rest of our wonderful team, I’m certain that we will continue to take Beyond Recovery from strength to strength.”