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.
John Munton (Trustee)
John Munton was once the youngest councillor in the country, elected to the Brighton Borough Council at the age of 21.
He has worked as a political agent to Government Ministers and also as a Duty Manager at a Marriott Hotel. He has lived in Wales for 28 years and has been a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for 25 years. His current Neighbourhood Watch scheme is a large one comprising 183 houses.
John was a founder member of the Cardiff Neighbourhood Watch Associations and also of the Cardiff East Neighbourhood Watch Association and South Wales Neighbourhood Watch Associations. He also used to be a Press Officer and Board Member of Crimestoppers Wales Cymru.
John was elected onto the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network Board in 2014 and he is also currently NHWN’s Wales representative as well as the Hon. Secretary of Cardiff West Neighbourhood Watch.
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.
Kate Algate (Chief Executive)
Kate has led the charity since its inception in May 2010 with just a team of three paid members of staff in the national support office in Leicestershire. As Chief Executive, Kate reports directly to the Board of Trustees and work closely with the chairman to deliver our strategic plan.
Kate manages the small team of paid staff and has oversight and responsibility for all aspects of the charity.
Prior to this role, Kate worked in various posts across two Leicestershire district councils including: coordinating a Community Safety Partnership including running the Shop Watch scheme and establishing Pub Watch within Market Harborough; leading on children’s services and the Local Strategic Partnership.
Previous roles included working with the Royal Military Police and managing information centres in Germany and as a supply manager for ‘George at Asda’ Head Office in Leicestershire.
Kate has a BA (Hons) in Criminology and Social Policy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Policing and Social Conflict.
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.