NWN Trustees and Central Support Staff Team

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.

Rachel Griffin – Vice Chair of NWN Board of Trustees

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.

Joe Pearce – Treasurer of NWN Board of Trustees

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.

Jessica Taplin – Trustee & Youth Engagement Lead

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.

Derek Pratt – Trustee & Secretary of NWN Board of Trustees

Derek has a wealth of Neighbourhood Watch experience, having been involved at local, regional and national level as both a member and Trustee, previously holding the role of Secretary, supported by his internationally recognised professional qualification as Chartered Secretary, recognised by the Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS).

He has worked closely with the central staff team and board over the years to redevelop the structure of national to ensure that the voice of the membership is always heard and remains a pivotal advisory member for specialist areas such a Junior Neighbourhood Watch, digital engagement, governance (transferring NHWN to CIO status) and membership Public Liability Insurance, drawing on his previous professional experience as a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.

Derek remains passionate about Neighbourhood Watch and is keen for NWN to adopt a solution-based approach that facilitates the development and growth of a modern crime prevention organisation, accessible to all, advocating on behalf of local communities.

Kirsty McHugh – Trustee & Government Policy Lead

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.

Ken Pease OBE – Trustee & Impact, Evaluation & Research Lead

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.

Alison Braganza – Trustee and Fundraising Lead

Alison has worked within the charity sector for over 15 years and has experience across a range of fields, including a successful and proven track record in fundraising, charity accounting, event management, marketing, communications and PR.

Her current role as Fundraising Manager for one of the UK’s leading support charities provides her with the relevant skills and experience to confidently lead the fundraising element of NWN and is further supported by her knowledge and involvement of various income sourcing models, including; donation and gift collection, Grant and Trust bids, event fundraisers, monetised opportunities, major donors and corporate sponsorship.

Alison is keen to progress the work of NWN and ensure the movement has the resources required to support new and existing members.

Alison McWhinnie – Trustee – NWN Membership

Alison has been a Trustee for NWN for the last two years and has played a key role in recalibrating the organisation to ensure it remains focused on the needs of the membership. Her Board experience extends to charity management and governance, having previously undertaken the roles of Company Director, Company Secretary, Group Head of HR and Corporate Affairs alongside additional Trustee positions, which she continues today.

She has gained recognition for her community-based work through various awards, including the Mayor’s Community Award for Outstanding Service, the Commissioner’s Excellence in Total Policing and the Borough Commander’s Commendation on more than one occasion and continues to Chair several police and community committees.

Alison is keen to champion new and innovative crime reduction approaches that may benefit Neighbourhood Watch, including her most recent venture to trial the use of tailored crime prevention advice based on fraud and linked crime online reports to address the growing problem of cybercrime.

Craig Cox – Trustee – NWN Membership

Craig has been involved with Neighbourhood Watch in West Mercia for a number of years and has recently led a successful campaign to reinvigorate the movement across the force area using a coordinated social media approach.

His intervention has led to a resurgence of Neighbourhood Watch, bringing the average membership age from 60, down to 40, where he is now able to reach almost half a million people each month through digital campaigns, awareness raising and information sharing at the click of a button. Whilst Craig recognises that this is just one of several platforms to connect communities, the response from West Mercia has been overwhelming.

Craig is keen to propel NWN into the 21st century by driving both practical and pragmatic initiatives to enhance the current membership experience and also ensure that the movement is accessible and relevant to new members. In particular, Craig is keen to protect the independent status of Neighbourhood Watch as a volunteer led organisation, supported and not run by the police.

Kardaya Rooprai – Trustee – NWN Membership

Kardaya has a background in finance and global markets and currently runs a successful accounting practice and financial markets consulting company. He has extensive experience in content development having delivered various educational programs, research materials, white papers, blogs and podcasts, to name but a few.

He has managed to successfully transfer his organisational and communication skills to setting up a Neighbourhood Watch CIC in one of the most challenging areas of the country, high in crime, made up of residents typically deemed ‘hard to reach’. His efforts have resulted in a 33% uptake of Neighbourhood Watch, which continues to grow, with volunteers taking up active positions, participating in street patrols and opening an important dialogue with police, who had previously been mistrusted in the area.

As an appointed liaison between the police and the community, Kardaya has been instrumental in implementing community cohesion and advising key stakeholders how best to engage with black and ethic minority groups, something he feels passionately about, which he is keen to progress with NWN. Kardaya would like to develop a culture of forward proactive thinking to maintain stability and effectiveness across the movement and cultivate a peaceful, balanced society.

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.

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.

Kathleen Cunningham – Central Support Team Administrator

Kathleen joined NWN in August 2018 and her role is to support the membership across England and Wales.

Kathleen worked for the Metropolitan Police Service for 20 years and most recently as an investigations administrator for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Kathleen is looking forward to supporting members from across our movement.