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Lemos&Crane has provided practitioners and policy-makers with information for action on social problems since 1994. We work with professionals in social housing, local government, criminal justice agencies, schools and voluntary organisations as well as trusts and foundations.

Over 30,000 people are registered to use Lemos&Crane websites to learn from research projects, improve ways of working and share good practice. Lemos&Crane conferences give delegates the ideas and tools for making a difference in their work. Alongside the websites, conferences and research projects we maintain an online network, including exciting awards programmes. You are welcome to join now and view free materials from this website.

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Gerard Lemos CMG

Gerard is the author of many books and reports about social policy and supporting vulnerable people. His most recent book The Good Prison: Conscience, crime and punishment was published in 2014 and has been well-reviewed. His other publications include The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People fear the future published by Yale University Press in 2012, which was featured in the New York Times and listed as a Sunday Times Christmas book. He is also the co-author with the late Michael Young of The Communities We Have Lost and Can Regain.  

 He has written for the New York Times, The Guardian and the BBC. Gerard is Chair of the Council of the University of York, Chairman of UK Finance Payments Products and Services Board and Chairman of Hofesh Shechter Dance Company. He is also the lead non-executive director and chairs the board of HM Prisons and Probation Service.

He chaired the Board of Trustees of the British Council having been Deputy Chair and was awarded a CMG for services to the British Council in the Queen's birthday honours list in 2001. He was a visiting Professor at Chongqing Technology and Business University between 2006 and 2010. Gerard has formerly been Vice-President of the British Board of Film Classification, Chair of Payments UK, the Lending Standards Board, Banking Code Standards Board, Notting Hill Housing, the Money Advice Service, and the Akram Khan Dance Company; a trustee of London University and Dartington Hall Trust, and an Audit Commissioner, a Civil Service Commissioner and a non-executive director of Crown Prosecution Service. He was also one of the founders of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and ASRA housing association.

Paul Crane

Paul is co-founding partner and is responsible for online training courses and publishing at Lemos&Crane. He is the author of two civil rights handbooks (Trouble with the Law and Gays and the Law), a Cambridge University law graduate and now a non-practising solicitor. As a lawyer he specialised in civil rights work; he took part in the landmark case before the European Court of Human Rights that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland. Paul has worked in general and legal book publishing both as a commissioning editor and publisher. Paul's voluntary board experience includes being a governor-trustee of Atlantic College in south Wales.  At Lemos&Crane he has been responsible for publishing over a hundred books, reports and websites.  He edited a collection of over 50 essays, Life Beyond Crime: what do those at risk of offending, prisoners and ex-offenders need to learn? published by Lemos&Crane in November 2017. 



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