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Anton Shelupanov works in the UK and internationally across a number of sectors: justice, security, public policy, health, social care, education and employment.

As a consultant Anton can assist your organisation with the following:

  • Strategic communications, public affairs,  & political engagement
  • Senior leadership
  • Policy development
  • Organisational and cultural change
  • Service design (involving users)
  • Campaigns
  • Crisis comms
  • Research (using various techniques)
  • Monitoring & evaluation
  • Staff training
  • Producing toolkits & training manuals
  • Social and systemic innovation
  • Public service reform and innovation
  • Local government innovation
  • Working with hard to reach groups
  • Startups & Social Enterprise
  • New financial instruments for funding prevention / social impact investing (Social Impact Bonds & others)

Specialist knowledge of the justice sector:

  • Justice reform
  • Civil justice innovation
  • Police, prisons, probation
  • Court innovation / judicial reform
  • Justice & legal tech
  • Blockchain technology in the context of justice and child protection
  • Smart contracts
  • Law enforcement
  • Restorative justice
  • Problem solving justice
  • Human rights
  • Security Sector reform
  • Prevention of radicalization
  • Youth & juvenile justice
  • Offender employment
  • Alternatives to custody
  • Prison and public health (addictions, mental health and infectious diseases)

Specialist knowledge, transport sector:

  • Transport policy
  • Road safety
  • Motorcycle policy
  • Transport data & economic analysis
  • Transport user wellbeing
  • Accident prevention

Some exciting things he has been involved with include:

Developing messaging for purposes of strategic communications for the Child Justice Advocacy Group, a consortium of international NGOs with a shared agenda around juvenile justice. The coalition consists of International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), Terre des hommes (Tdh), Penal Reform International (PRI), Defence for Children International (DCI), Child Rights Information Network (CRIN), World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (AIMJF), Vivere and the International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE) (Global)

– Facilitating thought leadership on the implications of blockchain technology in the context of child protection (Global)

– Producing a roadmap report for reform around preventing radicalization in prison for Penal Reform International Central Asia, arising from a roundtable of international and regional specialists on justice and religion (Kazakhstan) 

– Drafting the World Health Organisation Declaration on Prison Health as Part of Public Health (Global)

– Convening a coalition of international and transnational organisations to tackle TB, HIV and other infectious diseases in the prisons of Europe and Asia. Partners included WHO, World Bank, ICRC, OSI, KNCV among others (Europe, Central Asia)

– Working with RISE Mutual, a rehabilitation services provider, to carry out an evaluation of their work in one of the reform prisons in England (UK)

– Working with a consortium of homelessness organisations including Crisis, St Mungos, Thames Reach and Mind in the City, Hackney & Waltham Forest to carry out a major engagement exercise with dozens of beneficiaries (UK)

– Supporting Royal Holloway University of London with intelligence led strategic communications around their groundbreaking research into eyewitness identification, to ensure real world impact of academic research with Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables (UK)

– Advising technology company Mattereum which is implementing smart contracts and creating the legal-technical interface connecting digital assets on the blockchain with goods and services in the material world on civil justice policy and government relations (UK / Global)  (NB I now work at Mattereum)

– Creating the acclaimed Streetcraft Scholarship, an intensive programme of support for frontline justice pioneers seeking to bring about lasting change in the justice system through innovative projects. Delivered in partnership with CLINKS and the Young Foundation  (England, Wales & Northern Ireland)

– Establishing Community Advice, an advice & support service for court users at the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, Europe’s busiest criminal court run by Citizens Advice (UK)

– Working in partnership with the New York Center for Court Innovation to develop and establish the Center for Justice Innovation, a new UK charity which supports new ideas and practice in criminal justice (UK / USA)

– Working in the team which invented and defined Social Impact Bonds (UK / USA / Global)

Transforming Justice in the North West of England: working with 12 local authorities in the Greater Manchester area, as well as other agencies such as NOMS, Greater Manchester Police, HM Prison Service and the Youth Justice Board to create an evidence-based commissioning system for the whole locality which will drive down custody and reduce cost, as well as keeping crime and recidivsm low. This was a Young Foundation project in partnership with the UK Ministry of Justice and many partners in the Greater Manchester Area, as part of the UK government’s wider Payment By Results agenda (UK)

Penal reform in Turkmenistan: working in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan to reform the penal code which dates back to the 1970 Soviet version and ensure that practical reforms take place on the ground.  This involves overseeing a major overhaul of the entire penitentiary system. The partners included ICPS, British Embassy Ashgabad and GTZ (The German international development agency) (Turkmenistan)

Developing an Employment Deployer for Former Offenders – a mechanism which would manage people’s transition out of custody through talent-pooling, mentoring, supported employment and a raft of other measures to de-risk and improve the process, as part of the Young Foundation’s work on employment and transitions (UK)

Transition to Adulthood (T2A): Leading on the Young Foundation’s policy contribution to the T2A Alliance, convened by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, and seeking to improve provisions for young adults at risk of getting caught up in the criminal justice system (UK)

– Working with Opera North in advising the cast and crew of their production of Janacek’s opera From the House of the Dead (based on the famous Dostoyevsky novel set in a Siberian prison) with creating an authentic yet innovative production (UK)

Alternatives to Custody in the Ukraine: working with the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) and the European Union to update Ukrainian laws on alternatives to custody and ensure that reforms are fully enacted. The Ukraine has a very high prison population rate and appropriate alternative provisions could ensure that thousands of people are spared custody annually (Ukraine)

– Advising Social Innovation Camp on their NESTA-supported JailBrake project which seeks to use innovative Web 2.0 technology to address the issue of youth offending (UK)

The Innovation Catalyst – working in partnership with four Local Authorities in England to seek innovative solutions to improving access to justice for young people in trouble with the law and find ways of ensuring they don’t end up in custody. The implementing partners are the Young Foundation, the Innovation Unit and the Improvement & Development Agency (UK)

Editing a book intended to help talented young graduates from diverse backgrounds land top jobs, authored by Raphael Mokades, the founder of Rare Recruitment (UK)

– Establishing major prison and probation reform initiatives in Russia, China and a number of other countries between 1999 and 2007 (Central & Eastern Europe, East Asia, Central Asia)

– Developing and managing strategic communications, social media and political engagement for Zenith Motorcycles, the UK’s only motorcycle business owned and run by a woman, Britain’s Biking Hero Karen Neill. This included successful campaigns to secure prestigious awards and extensive media coverage (UK)

– Supporting the Motorcycle Action Group Greater London Region with strategic communications, campaigning and political engagement around transport policy and road safety (UK)

Some recent publications

Media & Academic

– Regular commentator on prisons, crime and justice on the BBC Russian Service.

– Have written articles and been featured in many newspapers and magazines, including the Huffington Postthe Independent, the Sunday Times, the Scotsman, Pioneers Post and Children and Young People Now.

– Have been cited by or appeared on a number of radio and television programmes around the world, as diverse as BBC Newsnight, Al Jazeera, Radio Free Europe, The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation among others.

– Have lectured on the University of London’s MA in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Bradford University’s Chevening Leadership Programme, Birmingham University’s Course for Security Sector Practitioners and at the European Institute for Public Administration in Barcelona.

– Spoke at TEDx about sustainable community building.

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