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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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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. …

Shazelle Punjabi
Communications and Engagement Officer

Shazelle’s role is designed to start conversations and dialogue around how we can reach out to those most affected by violence. It is about actively…

Matthew Stone
Community Navigator for Birmingham East

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…

Claire Hardwick
Community Navigator for Birmingham East and Kings Norton Pilot

Claire is a stakeholder engagement, partnerships, community development and regeneration professional. Claire brings to this role 29 ye…

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…

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…

Elzbieta Maria Kardynal
Community Navigator for Sandwell

Elzbieta arrived to the UK in August 2004. She is a qualified teacher of English; former lecturer at University of Warwick, former ESOL tutor and DPSI…

Lea-Ann Bentley
Education Intervention Adviser for Birmingham

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…

Erica Jarrett
Education Intervention Adviser for Birmingham

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

Jasmine
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…

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