Directors, Trustees and staff

Lynn Farrar (Chair)

Lynn was born in Derbyshire and returned to her roots in 2001 having worked and lived in various locations across England. She became a member of Neighbourhood Watch in 2002 and soon found herself becoming more and more involved. In 2010 Lynn became Vice Chair of NHWN. As a Civil Servant with 30+ years of experience and a 15-year experience in procurement, she is able to use her knowledge and qualifications to help with various business and strategic issues at Board level.

Lynn is married to David and they live a leisurely life in the Derbyshire Dales with their little dog.

Jim Maddan OBE (Vice Chair and acting Treasurer)

Jim Maddan joined the police service in London in October 1968 and served throughout south and west London until his retirement in July 1999. At the time of his retirement, he was the Community Inspector for Putney and Roehampton, where he developed an interest in Neighbourhood Watch from the police perspective.

After his retirement he worked for the National Neighbourhood Watch Association as a Development Officer until 2002. Shortly afterwards he was elected to Wandsworth Borough Council and he is currently the Executive Member for Adult Care Services and Health.

Jim became Chair of the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network in October 2010. He is also the coordinator for his own scheme in Putney and Chair of the London Neighbourhood Watch Association.

In his spare time he enjoys walking, fine wines and being a grandfather.

Alan Johnson (Trustee)

Alan was born and grew up in County Durham, and qualified as a Building Services Engineer with a consultancy practice in Newcastle upon Tyne. He then moved to British Gas where he spent most of his career in various locations across England and Wales. Later on he set up his own consultancy specialising in major project initiatives in the energy and building services sectors.

He now lives in Newport, near Saffron Walden, Essex and, since his retirement, has developed a number of volunteering interests. As well as Neighbourhood Watch, these include working as a magistrate, trustee of an educational trust and president of his local Lions Club.

His Neighbourhood Watch activities include Chair of his local District Steering Group, and he is also Secretary of the Eastern Regional Partnership.

Alison McWhinnie (Secretary)

Alison McWhinnie was elected to the board of Trustees at the July 2016 AGM.

Alison is a London borough representative for Camden and Kingston upon thames.

Dr John Perkins (Honorary President)

John is a former Chief Executive of the National Computing Centre with a background in Research and Development, marketing and business development.

He became involved with Neighbourhood Watch after a couple of ‘incidents’ in his local village. He took on the role of scheme coordinator and was subsequently invited to join the Board of the Cumbria Association. He also sits on the North West Regional Neighbourhood and Home Watch Forum. John stood down in November 2014 as a trustee of NHWN after 7 years contribution and was elected Honorary President of the charity.

John is Chair of his local Community First Responders Group and a Trustee of his local Community Centre. His other interests include bowls, listening to music, and trying to maintain some control of his garden.

Ken Pease OBE (Trustee)

A forensic psychologist by training, Ken is currently Visiting Professor at University College London and Loughborough University. Before retirement, he held chairs at the Universities of Manchester and Saskatchewan where he worked in the maximum security Regional Psychiatric Centre (Prairies).

He has acted as Head of the police Research Group at the home Office, and has been a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales. he was a member of the Home Office Design and Technology Alliance and sat on the Steering group of the recent DBERR review of Home Office Science.

The bulk of his published work over the last twenty years has concerned crime reduction and he was recently flattered by a book in his honour under the title Imagination in Crime Prevention.

His current work includes the integration of security in home design and the application of evolutionary psychology to crime science.

David Huse OBE (Trustee)

Since graduating from University in 1983, David has held senior management positions in the Private, Public and Charity sectors and worked in the UK, India and Poland.

He has been responsible for the design and delivery of major UK programmes including the Mayor of London’s volunteers for the London Olympics and the 200th Anniversary commemorations for the battle of Waterloo.

Maggie Royston (Advisor)

Biography Coming Soon…

Maxine Edney (Interim CEO)

Maxine has 28 years’ experience at senior management level across a diverse range of roles in the not for profit sector including significant interim senior management roles as a management consultant. She has held CEO and Director positions in small, medium and large charities, social care providers and general needs and supported housing associations.

Maxine specialises in empowering organisations to deliver excellence in governance and leadership thereby effecting organisational turnaround, culture change and business transformation. She has extensive experience of recruiting, retaining, coaching and developing highly motivated and skilled trustee and senior teams; working with them to devise and deliver transformational strategic and business plans

Lianne Taylor (Community Engagement and Memberships Director)

Lianne’s role is to support Neighbourhood Watch and our Force Area and London Borough Associations to deliver the aims of our Strategic Plan.  To help build strong, safe communities and to increase and diversify our membership to reflect the communities we serve. 
Lianne is building the capacity of our organisation and volunteers to look at how we reach new and emerging audiences to strengthen existing schemes. She’ll also be looking at how we address the needs facing communities and policing today.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the public and voluntary sector, Lianne’s entire career has been about building and mobilising communities. This has varied from working with the DCLG, the Home Office, police, local authorities and the voluntary sector.  She has held specialist roles in working with areas of vulnerability and risk, gangs and guns, women and violence, specialist engagement, as well as neighbourhood management roles managing responses to anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood nuisance.

Lianne has always been fortunate to have roles which have communities at the heart and is looking forward to working with Neighbourhood Watch with the same aim.   

Jayne Pascoe (Police Liaison and Strategic Partnerships Director)

Jayne Pascoe is the Police Liaison and Strategic Partnerships Director with responsibility for working with all police forces across England and Wales, the College of Policing, Home Office and other national partners to develop and help deliver our key priorities in line with our strategic plan.

Jayne Pascoe retired from Cambridgeshire Police after 30 years as a police officer at the end of 2015 following a 2 year secondment to the Police Strategy and Reform Unit at the Home Office as senior policy advisor on police transparency, accessibility and accountability. Between 2007 and 2013 she was seconded to the National Policing Improvement Agency and then the College of Policing, leading national work programmes such as Citizen Focused Policing, Public Confidence and the Citizens in Policing Programme; supporting the initial roll out of Neighbourhood Policing and identifying future developments for local policing.

Sunny Moore (Development Manager)

Sunny’s role is to help and support Force Area Associations and volunteers across our movement.

Sunny has been with Neighbourhood Watch since the national office was established in 2010 and is currently enjoying maternity leave with her baby daughter.

Lisa Parker (Communications and PR Manager)

Lisa is responsible for all the charity’s internal and external communications and updating our social media accounts.

Lisa was a journalist writing for local, regional and national titles until she made the move to PR more than 15 years ago.

She’s worked for large organisations and smaller companies and loves finding a good story to tell about the organisations she’s worked for. Contact Lisa for all media enquiries.

Sian Dawson (Finance Manager)

Sian is responsible for providing an effective financial management and administration service to provide accurate financial management reporting.

She has worked in financial services for over 25 years. During this time, she has worked for a variety of organisations including large global businesses to smaller non-for-profit organisations.

Sian has studied for the Institute of Credit Management and is passionate about her work at Neighbourhood Watch.

Amanda Sadler (Network Liaison Manager)

Amanda’s role is to support the national NHWN enquiry line and support our members across the movement.

Before joining NHWN Amanda worked for the Girls’ Brigade England and Wales as a development worker on the Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund (UYSAF).

Amanda continues to volunteer as a Girls’ Brigade leader in her spare time.