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Clare Gollop
Director

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…

Carl Binns
Programme Manager

Carl is motivated by wanting to make a difference to the lives of people in the West Midlands. Highly organised and always on top of the detail, Carl…

Yvonne Bruton
Strategic Police Lead

Yvonne’s job is to help West Midlands Police focus on preventing violent crime. As a senior member of both the VRU and the force she is perfectly pl…

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
Education Strategic Manager

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

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…

Jason
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. …

Jacqui Reid-Blackwood
Project Manager, Health Improvement

Jacqui, born and raised in Birmingham, is a real advocate for the City. On loan to the VRU (secondment) from Public Health England West…

Mike Botham
Criminal Justice Specialist

With around 20 years’ experience working for the Probation and Youth Justice services Mike is our expert in the Criminal Justice world. He’s passi…

Aaron Northmore
Sport Policy Officer

Aaron has joined the Violence Reduction Unit to help us ensure the sports interventions on offer in the West Midlands are of a consistently high stand…

Jamie Clinch
Performance Analyst

Jamie has a crucial job within the VRU. She’s responsible for assessing and analysing performance. How big an impact is the VRU and its activities h…

Adam Austin
Police Liaison Lead

Adam is the VRU’s link to operational policing. His work with us and with West Midlands Police focuses on reducing knife crime. He’s passionate ab…

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…

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. …

Matthew Stone
Community Navigator for Birmingham

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…

Fred Kratt
Community Navigator for Coventry

Fred is passionate about his adopted city of Coventry and seeing it’s young people safe and hopeful for the future. He is also committed to Coventry…

Our team also includes 7 community navigators. For more details click here.

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