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Dave Wakelin

Violence Reduction

Unit Director

Dave is currently the Director for Health and Wellbeing at Gedling Borough Council.  Prior to taking up this role in 2012 he was a Senior Police officer in Nottinghamshire having served in the organisation for 32 years.

Dave has a long history of successful partnership working, developing and supporting projects for substance misuse and young people across the County and was seconded from the police to the Youth Justice Board whilst a Superintendent to lead on the Board's national prevention programmes.

Dave was instrumental in leading within the County both the development and implementation of Restorative Practice and Integrated Offender Management between 2001 and 2006.

Dave lives in the County with his family and is a long standing Vice-Chair of Governors at a large academy.

Natalie Baker Swift

Programme Manager Violence Reduction and Early Intervention

Natalie is Programme Manager for countywide violence reduction and early intervention initiatives in Nottinghamshire. 

Natlie comes from a background in policing, with ten years of experience working in programme management, strategic planning and corporate governance.

Natalie started her career as a researcher at Nottinghamshire Police and has since been responsible for delivering internal change programmes and supporting various regional and national projects.

Helene Denness

Consultant in Public Health

Helene is a clinically qualified public health consultant with 30 years experience in health and local authority settings, including 21 years in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Originally training as a paediatric nurse, Helene worked in a variety of acute and community settings across England before moving into public health in 2001.

Helen's public health consultant portfolio includes maternal health, children, young people and sexual health and has provided public health support to the violent crime agenda for the last three years.  Helene is also Nottingham City Council's Autism Lead, which is a statutory role identified in the Autism Act, and a Governor at Rosehill Special School

Vicky Cropley

Violence Reduction Unit

Project Manager

Vicky is working four days a week as the Project Manager in the Violence Reduction Unit and retaining one day in her substantive role as the Programme Manager for the Safer Nottinghamshire Board at Nottinghamshire Councy Coucil.

She has over 22 years of experience of working in partnerships to improve community safety.  She started her career working for Nottinghamshire Police as a Duties Officer at Central Police Station, before undertaking roles in the City and County developing community focussed projects that ledto her Safer Nottinghamshire Board role.

Jane Bethea

Public Health Consultant

Dr Jane Bethea, MPH, PhD, FHEA, FFPH, is a Consultant in Public Health at Nottingham City Council and an Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Leicester where she teaches public health and epidemiology at Leicester Medical School.

Her public health interests include substance misuse, with a particular interest in reducing alcohol related harm.  She also has interests in mental health and suicide prevention and is a champion for the Time to Change programme that aims to tackle mental health related stigma and discrimination.

Andrew Towning

Violence Reduction Unit

Project Support Officer

Andrew is a proud native of Nottingham and has worked for Public Health in Nottingham City Council since graduating from Politics at Nottingham Trent University in 2015.

Apart from his substantive role as an administrator, Andrew has contributed to, and run, many projects incuding the Novel Psychoactive Substances Professional Information Newwork (NPS PIN) and Autism Champions and he is currently co-chair of the Council's LGBT Employee Network.

Andrew particularly enjoys partnership work, engagement, public events, research and analysis and looks forward to using his experience in these areas to help make the Violence Reduction Unit a success.

Sophie Russell

Young Person's Strategy and

Improvement Specialist

Sophie is Head of Service for Children's Strategy and Improvement and Nottingham City Council.

Sophie has worked in Children's Services for nearly ten years and currently leads on improvement, inspection, workforce development and a number of other services.

Sophie is a trained Programme Manager and strategic lead for the City's Priority Families programme and, more recently, the City Serious Youth Violence and Exploitation programme

Rachel Miller

Young Person's Strategy and

Improvement Specialist

Rachel is Group Manager for Early Help and Youth Justice at Nottinghamshire County Council.

Rachel has over ten years experience of working with children and families in Nottingham.  She started her career in Education, as a teaching assistant at what was then Elliott Durham School in St. Ann's.

Rachel worked on the front line as a Family Intervention Project Practitioner in the City before moving to the County Council to manage various youth and family support teams before coming into her current role.

Supt Matthew McFarlane

Knife Crime Lead

Matthew McFarlane is a Superintendent with Nottinghamshire Police.  He has been a police officer since 1990 and has worked in a variety of roles across the City and County during his career.

Most recently he has undertaken the roles of Superindendent Operations for City, for County and also at Force level.  This involved managing the uniform response to the whole range of incidents that the police deal with.

He works within the Violence Reduction Unit on delivering the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner's Knife Crime Strategy and also manages the current allocation of the Home Office knife crime surge funding allocated to Nottinghamshire.

Jacqueline Lockhart

Community Engagement Specialist

Jacqueline has 30 years experience of working in the voluntary, community and youth sectors. She has also worked in the public sector in a variety of roles.

 

Jacqueline Chairs the Ending Youth Violence Network, and works strategically to support organisations working closely with Communities. She has particular strengths around engagement and participation, diversity and SEND (special educational needs and disabilities).

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