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Andre is passionate about helping young people, ensuring that they have an awareness of making informed decisions to reject a criminal and violent lifestyle. Andre has been a facilitator with GAV for a four year period and delivers most of the curriculum. Andre incorporates in his delivery a variety of role plays and encourages wider student participation and debate.
Practitioner for the Barnardo’s NightWatch initiative in Camden and Islington which exists to train professionals working within the Night Time Economy of the warning signs of Child Sexual Exploitation. He previously led the Barnardo’s YouTurn Service in Lambeth and Southwark which worked with Young Men (and their Parents and Carer’s) who were either currently offending or at risk of offending. Craig has also co-authored the Social Media curriculum for GAV. Craig also co-wrote and produced “Can You See It?” a training resource presentation highlighting the obligations of front line professionals when they receive disclosures relating to CSE and abuse. The video was created in partnership with the National Working Group & The Metropolitan Police and can be found here: http://www.barnardos.org.uk/cse-can-you-see-it/font>
Elaine joined GAV in 2014 after serving 30 years as a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police. Throughout her service she was a uniformed officer on front line duties having worked in a variety of roles to include:- Chaperoning, investigating and supporting victims of Sexual Offences, Officer Safety Instruction, Neighbourhood policing, Schools Liaison and working with victims of Domestic Abuse. Prior to retiring Elaine was a Police Cadet Instructor, working with young people from 13-18 years from diverse backgrounds providing an insight into the police service.
Since retiring, in addition to working for GAV, Elaine is an exam invigilator at a local school and has used her Advanced driving skills from the police to drive for the players and staff at Wimbledon Tennis Championships. In her spare time Elaine plays netball for the Police and a local team. Elaine has been a rugby coach for a local team and volunteered as a helper and reader at her children’s schools.
Francesca is a Community and Education Theatre Practitioner and Facilitator. She has been working with young people for 12 years devising, directing and delivering issue-based creative projects and workshops. Francesca has been part of the GAV team since 2012 and is also an Actor and Writer.
Francesca delivers the full GAV curriculum however her passion and presentation of the GAV ‘Girls, Gangs and Consequences’ workshop highlights her skills in delivery and her commitment to a sensitive area concerning female vulnerability.
Guy has recently retired from the Metropolitan Police, having served in a number of specialist posts. During the last 9 years of his service, Guy was seconded as a Schools Liaison Officer to a semi inner London secondary school. His time in this post allowed him to engage with young people, providing awareness of the risks associated with a lifestyle of crime and violence. He is extremely passionate about helping young people to recognise their full potential. Guy delivers the full GAV curriculum and continues his youth work by managing a local youth football team and is treasurer of a Rugby club.
Karl has trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he went on to perform in front of hundreds of thousands of people across Britain and Europe, working with some of the best in the industry, including Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale, in some of Britain’s greatest venues including The National Theatre and The Globe.
After finding his real passion for helping young people, Karl began working in the educational sector respectively. He focuses on anti bullying projects, sexual education and social media awareness, facilitating powerful conversations around gang culture, sexual harassment, knife crime and the reasoning behind stop and search for GAV.
Michelle has been working with young offenders and victims of crime for over 10 years. She has been both a personal support and advocate for young people and a Personal Development tutor and group session leader. Her unique perspective on Serious Youth Violence has developed as a result of her own Academic Research, personal experience working with Gang members and professionals, across London for over 8 years, and also from her previous role as Operations and Safeguarding Manager for Growing Against Gangs and Violence. She is the Co-Author of the GAGV and GAV curriculum and current media representative for GAV. She has previously been part of research groups for Barnardos ‘Puppet On A String’ campaign and also the Children’s Commissioners ‘It’s Wrong But You Get Used To It’ report on the role of girls in gangs. Michelle has worked with the Metropolitan Police concentrating on Serious Youth Violence within schools an most recently with the MPS, Barnardos and NWG on Operation MakeSafe. This role was as a Consultant for their ‘Can You See It?’ video and the follow up video ‘Can You Stop It?’, aimed at supporting professionals in identifying peer on peer Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) victims and perpetrators.
Michelle is currently delivering training; based on her Masters research ‘Digital Artefact Vs Digital Fingerprint’. This looks at how young people use social media to organise and perpetrate serious youth violence including Gang violence, Peer on Peer CSE and the organisation of selling drugs across county lines. It explores the dynamics of social media use and the way in which young people live their lives according to online networks.
Mick has over 30 years experience working in the field of conflict management, personal safety and security. Engaged in both the public and private sector providing security and safety management to high profile individuals, public servants and the general public. Having worked UK wide and globally in this sector he has benefited from engagement with a wide variety of agencies gaining a wealth of experience in this field and has particular expertise in close quarter self defence and personal protection. This includes theoretical and practical advice in relation to the threat from knives and weapons. Mick has used his experience to develop and deliver training to security practitioners, teams and individuals and has provided security advice, training and operational expertise to major UK events including the 2012 Olympics in London. He has a Teaching Diploma from Christchurch Canterbury University and looks to use his knowledge and expertise to help educate youngsters about the ‘dangers’ of the modern world.
Mike has been working in the youth sector since September 2010 as a facilitator and soon after in a logistics and management role for the GAV charity. Mike has two years acting experience since graduating at the University Of Central Lancashire in 2008 (2:1 BA Hons Drama and Media).
Most recently, he has worked as an Assistant Programme Manager for NCS The Challenge. A programme that engages 16 year olds, and helps them to develop as individuals and focuses on social mixing and integration.
Mike is a highly experienced and valued member of the GAV team, he is responsible for training our facilitators, evaluating out programmes and liaises with nearly 500 schools.
Peta is originally comes from Toxteth Liverpool. At the age of 17 years Peta made a big decision and mammoth step by moving to London and joining the Metropolitan Police Cadets. Having completed the course at the age of 18 Peta joined the police as a Constable. Having gained valuable skills within the police she left after 15 years and used her experience to become a Mediator dealing with gangs in London and the Home Counties. Peta’s main aim was to try and stop the violence escalating between gangs, keep them safe and help them exit the gang lifestyle. Peta is a family lady who has a passion for nature and travel.
Rachel is one of GAV’s long standing and respected facilitator. Rachel is a mother of 5 children and has balanced her family life whilst working in the education sector for over 18 years. Rachel began her career as a primary school Teaching Assistant. She was then appointed as a lead mentor at a secondary school and is currently working part-time at an alternative provisional education school as a Behavioral Support Assistant. Rachel works with a wide range of students with various needs and behavioural issues (including EBD, BESD and ADHD).
Rachel delivers the full GAV curriculum having worked since the charities inception. She is extremely passionate and caring and has helped many young people and their families who have been vulnerable and at risk.
Rhiannon has worked for 6 years within sectors dealing with violence against women and girls and criminal justice. She has been employed and experienced working for diverse organisations; East London Rape Crisis, Tender, Phoenix Futures at HMP Pentonville, Each One Teach One, Geese Theatre Company and The Children’s Society. Recently her work at TCS has been on the female and male child sexual exploitation and gangs projects, which has taken her into custodial settings and youth offending teams to work with young people who are victims and perpetrators of gang related sexual violence and violent offending.
Currently Rhiannon is managing a project for young people who go missing from home or care, and looking to raise awareness about the links between criminal exploitation through gangs, child trafficking and those missing. Rhiannon enjoys working with GAV because of their front line knowledge and expertise, and their passion. Rhiannon specifically facilitates the GAV Girls Gangs and Consequences workshop.
Shaun is the current interim Programme and Safegaurding Manager. He has been with the charity since 2013 since his retirement from the MPS. Shaun has over 31 years policing experience. He has held various senior positions in the MPS. In his last post he was responsible for the delivery of neighbourhood policing and partnership. He was instrumental in coordinating activity to solve local community safety issues raising public confidence and increasing engagement. Shaun has worked alongside Stuart in a number of training roles, building confidence in individuals to approach and confront personal and organisational challenges.
Shaun has responsibility to streamline and consolidate the delivery of the curriculum. He manages the team of facilitators, evaluating performance providing resilience to the team in his personal delivery of the GAV curriculum. Shaun applies scrutiny to the daily delivery of GAV workshops and has built excellent relationships with school senior leadership teams and advising them on all safeguarding matters.
Simon has recently retired from the Metropolitan Police Service after 30 years. He has had a varied career however his passion for education and training led him to Hendon as a Police recruit instructor. Whilst in this role he successfully gained a Certificate in Education.
Simon has a great deal of experience working with young people, he has recently been employed with a company providing education workshops, after school clubs and children’s parties. He has led a church youth group for over 28 years motivating the young to achieve in life. Simon is a family man and extremely passionate about providing a safe, secure environment for his children and their peers to mature and reach their full potential.
Stuart is the current interim CEO of GAV and has worked with the charity as a facilitator for two years. Stuart is an established senior manager with over 30 years comprehensive policing experience. He has previously held senior positions in the MPS and has led staff in multi-disciplinary team environments. He has expertise in strategic planning, partnership and people/team development. He has advised colleagues and partners on various subjects and community safety issues throughout the world. Stuart has a strong reputation for being open and honest with a proven track record of delivering results.
Stuart has a reputation as having the ability to work collaboratively and has built strong relationships with a number of London boroughs negotiating and agreeing delivery of the GAV curriculum. GAV has now been delivered to over 100,000 young people in excess of 500 schools. Stuart has been influential in a review of the charity and has coordinated and targeted effective investment of partnership funds. He currently leads on delivery expansion into the Home Counties and has increased engagement with partners.