I have been privileged to be a member of Professor Brooker’s research panel since it was first formed. Over the last 2 years I have been greatly impressed by his commitment to research, the needs of people with mental health problems in the Criminal Justice system and his erudite grasp of the various forces at work in the delivery of services. I encourage everyone to pay special attention to the innovative and creative way Professor Brooker plans and executes his research. It is not an understatement to say that he is a leading figure in mental health research and is passionately interested in ’victimisation.
Professor Brooker has been a major influence in the development of mental health policy, research and practice for more than 20 years. He was a major contributor to the Northern Centre for Mental Health, where he pioneered the publication series, producing high quality research and development papers. He brings a fresh and innovative approach to issues, and is always keen to understand the problem or issue to be addressed from the clients point of view. His work was always of the highest standard.
Professor Brooker is passionate about his work to improve mental healthcare across England and Wales. Brooker has an encyclopaedic knowledge of offender mental health practice in the Midlands, and strong relationships with front-line practitioners. His detailed understanding of offender healthcare meant that he was Policy Exchange’s first choice for our work on improving prison healthcare.
I have known CB for a number of years and know that he has fought hard to publicise the exclusion experienced by mentally disordered offenders. Through his research in mental health provision in prison, he has fearlessly brought to public attention deficiencies that many would prefer to ignore. At the heart of his work is the desire to improve access to services for this group in pursuit of the principle of ‘equivalence’.
Professor Charles Brooker has a work ethic, second to none. He works froma strong ethical base. In doing so, the quality of his work is driven by his personal integrity and sharp intellect. If you want the very best then Professor Brooker will not let you down.