Directors, Trustees and staff

David Huse, OBE, Chair of NWN Board of Trustees

David Huse, OBE, was the former head of the London Ambassador Volunteer Programme for the 2012 Olympic Games.

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. David started his career at Procter and Gamble as Sales and Marketing Director. He moved to Heinz as Sales Director before leading the London Ambassador Volunteer Programme for the Mayor.

In 2015 he was CEO of Waterloo200 – the charity set up to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. He also currently works with UNICEF and Deloitte on various projects.

In 2014, David was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary and community sector in the UK.

Joe Pearce – Treasurer

Joe has spent the last eight years at Royal Bank of Canada in London, prior to which he held positions at the Financial Services Authority and for KPMG working in both Audit & Advisory roles.

He has a BSc in Economics from University College London (UCL) and is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW.

In his current role at Royal Bank of Canada, Joe is a Director for Strategic Initiatives and Finance Change Management where he is accountable for leading a portfolio of change impacting people, process and technology across Europe and Asia.

Lynn Farrar – Trustee

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 and served as Chair of the movement from July 2016 until November 2017.
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.

Jessica Taplin – Trustee

Jessica is currently CEO at v•inspired, the nation’s leading youth social action charity. Previously Jessica was CEO at Get Connected, the UK telephone helpline for under 25s, successfully leading its merger with Youth Net to create The Mix. Jessica also headed up Partnerships and Public Engagement at The Big Lottery Fund. In 2014 she won an ACEVO Judge’s Recognition Award for her people centred leadership.

Rachel Griffin – Trustee

Rachel is CEO of Suzy Lamplugh Trust. She joined Suzy Lamplugh Trust from Victim Support where she managed projects and policy relating to domestic violence, police and crime commissioners and partnership working. Previously she was at Voice for the Child in Care, where she established the Alliance for Child-centred Care. Before going into policy and development, Rachel was a fundraiser for five years, first at the National Deaf Children’s Society and then at The Prince’s Trust.

Kirsty McHugh – Trustee

Kirsty has been chief executive of ERSA since 2010, the membership body for providers of employment support, during which time she has overseen a fivefold increase in membership and a major expansion of services. Prior to ERSA, Kirsty spent nine years at Business In the Community (BITC) – the national charity dedicated to responsible business.

Alison McWhinnie – Trustee

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 – co-opted 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.

John Hayward-Cripps – Chief Executive Officer

John is a former director and interim CEO of Victim Support. He has worked for various charities at senior levels across England for over 20 years.

More recently John has worked as a consultant for multinational professional services firm EY working with local authorities to drive systems and organisational change.

John’s aim as CEO is to build on the fantastic history and achievements of Neighbourhood Watch and help the movement move forward to gain new and diverse membership and then strengthen communities by embracing modern technology while keeping true to the foundations of Neighbourhood Watch

A former and registered child protection social worker, John lives in Brighton with his partner and has two adult children.

Jayne Pascoe – Strategic Partnerships Director, NWN Staff

Jayne Pascoe is our Strategic Partnerships Director with responsibility for working with all police forces across England and Wales, the College of Policing, the Home Office and other national partners to develop and help deliver our key priorities in line with our 2015-2020 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 – Business Development Director, NWN Staff

Sunny’s role is to help develop the movement’s IT infrastructure and fundraising.

Sunny has been with Neighbourhood Watch since the national office was established in 2010.

Lisa Parker – Communications and PR Manager, NWN Staff

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. Contact Lisa for all media enquiries.

Sian Dawson – Finance Manager NWN Staff

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.

Robin Newman – Head of Membership and Community Engagement, NWN Staff

Robin has worked in the field of criminal and social justice for over ten years, namely making sure the voices of vulnerable individuals or under-represented communities are heard and effective service provision is available, and accessible, to everyone who needs it.

He has worked on the frontline as an independent advocate with victims of crime on a borough-specific and pan-London level. Robin has worked as a researcher, providing guidance and expertise on the series of reports including those produced by Victim Support to assist the first Police and Crime Commissioners in shaping their Police & Crime Plans, fulfilling their statutory responsibilities to victims of crime.

More recently worked in the City of London, coordinating the response to domestic abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls. In this role he forged strong operational and strategic practice between statutory and independent services to maximise care, safety and support to victims of crime and those experiencing vulnerability.

In all Robin’s roles, developing effective partnerships has been the key to success whether working with the community and voluntary sector, members of the public or senior decision-makers. Bringing people together to get the best for their communities, and their lives, is at the heart of Robin’s work.