After eleven years, Chris Moore is to leave his position of Chief Executive of The Clink Charity, that trains serving prisoners to gain their qualifications in hospitality, in a real-life working environment whilst serving their sentence.
Upon release, the charity goes on to supports prisoners to gain full time employment and accommodation, and the training programme dramatically reduces the chances of them reoffending by up to 65.6%.
Chairman Finlay Scott said, “It is with regret that we announce the departure of Chris Moore as Chief Executive of The Clink Charity. Chris has taken the Clink from a single start-up training restaurant to being one of the most effective organisations reducing re-offending in the UK.
'On a personal note, I will miss Chris as both a friend and a colleague. He leaves The Clink in a very strong position having restructured the organisation to continue its brilliant work after he has gone.”
Moore said, “After 11 years with The Clink Charity, I have decided that now is the ideal time for me to step down as Chief Executive and I believe that The Clink is in great shape financially and operationally after the pandemic, with an exciting period of growth ahead for my successor to take the charity onto the next stage.
“I am immensely proud of what we have all achieved as a team and what our students and graduates continue to achieve daily. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our funders, suppliers, supporters, customers, The Clink team, directors, trustees and HMPPS. I would like to thank them all for their help and support over the years.'
Moore continued, “Over the years we have brought the issue of high reoffending rates into sharper focus and ultimately proved that by delivering a sector-led integrated training programme, in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation service, you can repair society by reducing reoffending and also support the hospitality industry that has a major skills shortage, with highly trained, work ready men and women when they leave prison.
“I will be leaving The Clink Charity at the end of this year to take up a new role (yet to be announced) within the industry, where I can continue to work with those in society that sometimes get overlooked.'
Moore closed, 'The Clink has, and will, continue to demonstrate what can be achieved when society collectively engages to help those who want and deserve a second chance; it has been an honour to be able to play a part in that.”