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.
Joe Pearce – Interim Vice-Chair and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Amy Mawby – Head of Fundraising, NWN staff
Amy joined the Neighbourhood Watch Network in January 2019 as Head of Fundraising. Her role is to increase income generation for the organisation, diversify income and support fundraising practice across the organisation, both nationally and locally. Amy will be working closely with the team to ensure the success of the fundraising elements of our three year strategy.
Amy has been working in strategic fundraising roles for nine years, having previously worked as the Fundraising Manager at a London-based child and family support charity and as the Supporter Care Team Leader at the Fire Fighters Charity, and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising. She has a specific interest in ensuring fundraising is relevant, supporter-focused and integrated into the organisation.
Kathleen Cunningham – Central Support Team Administrator, NWN staff
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.
Deborah Waller – Senior Communications and Digital Manager, NWN staff
Deborah Waller joined Neighbourhood Watch Network as Senior Communications and Digital Manager in September 2019. She has 20 years experience in internal and external communications within charities, and in running a childcare business within her local community.
Deborah’s role will focus on the organisation’s communications and digital needs. She is looking forward to building on the strong relationships Neighbourhood Watch already has with its partners and members, and ensuring Neighbourhood Watch is relevant in today’s world of digital communications.
Deborah grew up in a town in South Africa, where crime was prolific. She is now settled in Surrey with her two boys, and feels passionate about the value good neighbours bring to communities.
Gwyn Thomas – Neighbourhood Watch Development Manager, NWN staff
Gwynfor Thomas is our Neighbourhood Watch Development Manager with responsibility for developing Neighbourhood Watch in areas of high crime and high social disadvantage. Alongside this he will be working with the team in providing focused support to existing schemes, sharing and promoting good practice and developing strong and effective partnerships. Gwynfor has worked previously in HM Forces (Army) as a communications expert and then a 30-year career in South Yorkshire Police Service where he joined our team on his retirement in December 2019.
Gwynfor has worked in operational Policing his whole career and was very privileged to be part of the Command team for the Tour De Yorkshire and Olympic Torch Relay where first-hand he saw and admired the dedication and commitment given by Neighbourhood Watch volunteers to their local communities. Gwynfor has also worked within Community Safety and Business Development and supported the National Children and Young Persons Police Lead.
More recently until his retirement from the Police, Gwynfor has led the acceleration program of Neighbourhood Watch in South Yorkshire which was presented at the Neighbourhood Watch conference as an example of good practice and innovation.
Gwynfor has a passion for developing Neighbourhood Watch as he has first-hand experienced the positive impact they have on local communities and individuals in our society who otherwise may be socially isolated.