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Clare Gollop

Clare’s job is to lead the VRU. Her focus is on encouraging public sector organisations to work together to tackle violence and exploitation in the…

Jo Peden
Public Health Consultant

Dr Jo Peden is our Public Health expert. As well helping us to evaluate the work we do she is also here to advise us on how to deliver a public health…

Nadyia Hussain
Thematic Faith Lead

Nadyia lives and breathes championing opportunity for vulnerable young people. For over a decade she has worked in inner-city schools and led speciali…

Fred Kratt
Faith Communities Navigator

A Londoner by birth, Fred moved to Coventry in 2017 and began working for the Bishop of Coventry. Among his responsibilities, Fred assisted the Bishop…

Nikki Penniston
Localities Manager

Nikki is right at the heart of some of the VRU’s most innovative work. She’s helping us pilot new violence reduction schemes in a range of places…

Vicki Stott
Temporary Chief Inspector

If you would like to make contact with Vicki, then please email [email protected]….

Leigh Hale
Inspector (VRU) Linked Operational Policing

If you would like to make contact with Leigh, then please email [email protected]….

Balraj Sohal
Inspector (VRU) Linked Operational Policing

If you would like to make contact with Balraj, then please email [email protected]….

Data Analyst

A love of numbers and language has led Jason to jobs in teaching, journalism and now statistics and data. They say variety is the spice of life. …

Daniel Atkins
Performance Analyst

Dan is a data and performance analyst within the VRU, meaning he is responsible for assessing the performance of activities carried out by the VRU. Al…

Marinda Boyal
Data Performance Analyst

Marinda is a data and performance analyst within the VRU, meaning she is responsible for assessing the performance of activities carried out by the VR…

Rachel de Kam
Project Manager, Health Improvement

Rachel’s work over the last 15 years has been dedicated to tackling and responding to violence. Beginning with working in a refuge and as a domestic…

Serene Duah
Associate Project Manager (Mental Health)

Serene is passionate about supporting young people to thrive and reach their full potential. A born and bred Londoner, Serene has worked in a variety…

Hayley Walton
Education Delivery Manager

Hayley has a keen interest in trauma and how early intervention can support children and young people. After teaching in primary schools in inner-city…

Shazelle Punjabi
Communications and Engagement Officer

Shazelle’s role is designed to start conversations around reaching out to those most affected by violence. It is about actively listening to diverse…

Jade Hibbert
Exploitation Lead

Jade is a committed professional and an enthusiastic advocate for the child/young person to be at the centre of any decisions made that affect them. …

Bethan Lonsdale
Exploitation Lead

Bethan is an enthusiastic and sociable person whose expertise lies in youth engagement and building strong relationships with communities and professi…

Zeba Chowdhury
Exploitation Lead

Zeba is passionate about positively influencing the lives of young people and breaking the cycle of reoffending. She has an academic background in BSc…

Glen White
Sport Impact Manager

If you would like to make contact with Glen, then please email [email protected]….

Paul Blagrove
Sport Co-ordinator

Paul has approximately 10 years’ experience in sport and youth engagement within the voluntary sector, and is passionate about empowering and provid…

Erica Jarrett
System Delivery Team Manager for the Black Country and Coventry

Erica previous experience has involved working with not for profit groups to support development and sustainability through bid writing and the develo…

Matthew Stone
System Delivery Team Manager for Birmingham and Solihull

Matt is a Youth leader, Mentor, Public Speaker and Trainer. He has over 10 years working in youth organisations in the UK and Overseas. He has a passi…

Maxene Whittingham
Education Intervention Adviser for Birmingham

Maxene has been an educator, working in secondary schools for over 20 years. Before joining the VRU, she worked as the Principal of an international B…

Nikki Thomas-Tapper
Education Intervention Adviser for Birmingham

If you would like to make contact with Nikki, then please email [email protected]….

Lea-Ann Bentley
Associate Project Manager (Step Together)

Lea-Ann at her core is a youth worker with some 20’s years’ experience in a variety of education, secular and faith based settings across the West M…

Francesca Ruddock
Community Navigator for Coventry

If you would like to make contact with Fran, then please email [email protected]….

Amy Carter
Education Intervention Adviser for Solihull and Dudley

If you would like to make contact with Amy, then please email [email protected]….

Alison O’Connell
Community Navigator for Solihull

Since early 2000 Alison has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for young people and families in the local neighbourhoods she is most passionat…

Maxwell McLean
Community Navigator for Dudley

Hailing from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, Maxwell has worked in the field of Youth Justice for over 28 years as a practitioner where he has work…

Community Navigator and Education Intervention Adviser for Wolverhampton

Jasmine has a lot of passion when it comes to supporting our young people and helping them through challenging and difficult times. A real understandi…

Rachel Dixon
Education Intervention Adviser for Early Years

Rachel is an experienced primary teacher, having been SENCO and on leadership teams, teaching children from nursery to year six. Rachel has worked in…

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