Board Of Trustees

Duncan Bew

Mr Duncan Bew is a consultant surgeon at King’s College London and is involved in the Global Surgery work at the Centre. Mr Bew is clinical lead for Trauma and Emergency Surgery at Kings College Hospital and the South East Kent and Medway (SELKAM) trauma network. Mr Bew is also an honorary Trauma Consultant at St Marys Hospital, Paddington. Mr Bew is an active member of the Territorial Army as an officer in 256 field hospital and also provides medical assistance for international expeditions and NGO’s, motorsport and equestrian events. He has a keen interest in Emergency and trauma care in both developed and austere environments, education and training, and the formation of clinical networks for patient care.

Allen Davis

Allen Davis is one of the co-founders of GAV and is Chair of the Growing Against Violence Charity and a co-author of the GAV curriculum.  He is a serving Police officer, having joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1996 after graduating from Durham University. He led Lambeth’s Gangs unit for a number of years before taking on more strategic, partnership focused roles within the Specialist Crime Command relating to preventative education and safeguarding children from sexual violence, CSE and FGM.  He is a Parent Governor of a large Secondary School and has also worked with the Home Office as an Ending Gang and Youth Violence Coordinator and Peer Reviewer.  Allen is passionate about supporting young people at an early age to reject negative influences and make informed decisions.

Edward Brown QC

Edward Brown QC has an outstanding practice in criminal law and related areas (regulatory, health and safety, inquests), chiefly at the Central Criminal Court where until 2014 he was Senior Treasury Counsel. He has prosecuted or defended in many of the most notable and sensitive cases, including murder, terrorism, corporate and individual fraud, corporate manslaughter, police and political corruption, and export control evasion. He lectures young gang members on the consequences of joint enterprise gang violence.

Stuart Trayler

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.

Simon Harding

Mr Simon Harding is Senior Lecturer Criminology : Policing & Community Safety at Middlesex University. Mr Harding holds an MA (Hons) in Geography from Edinburgh University, a Bachelor of Town Planning from South Bank University, a Chartered Diploma in Marketing from the University of London, an MA in Criminology (Distinction) from Middlesex University, a Professional Doctorate in Youth Justice from the University of Bedfordshire and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from Middlesex University. Mr Harding has published extensive material on topics such as hate crime, gangs and group offending, community safety, policing, youth justice, status dogs and dog fighting. Mr Harding holds active memberships of the Institute of Community Safety, Chartered Institute of Marketing, The Market Research Society, The Chartered Institute of Housing, the British Society of Criminology, the National Community Safety Network, The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, the British Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, the Australian Society of Criminology and the European Society of Criminology.

Dr James Densley

Dr. James Densley is an Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and an Associate of the Extra-Legal Governance Institute at the University of Oxford. He is the author of How Gangs Work: An Ethnography of Youth Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and coauthor of Minnesota’s Criminal Justice System (Carolina Academic Press, 2016). Densley co-founded Growing Against Gangs and Violence, forerunner to Growing Against Violence, and is past President of the FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBIMCAAA). Densley earned the D.Phil. and M.Sc. in Sociology from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College), the M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, and the B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology with American Studies from the University of Northampton.

Claire Scott

Claire qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in 2011. She has since worked as an analyst within the natural resource sector in both the UK and Australia. Claire joined the Trustee Board in 2015.

Veera Vuorinen

Veera Vuorinen is a ICSA Chartered Secretary and Paralegal student and works for Southampton City Council as a Management Information Analyst within its Strategy Unit. Veera has years of experience in youth charity work – as a Trustee, at operational level and more recently as Board Secretary. Veera has also worked with Small Charities Coalition as a volunteer Consultant, advising charities in various aspects of charity management, including governance, Directors’ duties, governing documentation, and incorporation models. Veera has actively sought to increase her knowledge of the charity sector by completing ICSA training on the role and duties of the charity secretary and strategic management. She is due to qualify as a Paralegal in October 2016 and expects to complete her Master level studies in with ICSA in 2019. Vera’s professional experience includes extensive knowledge of children and adults’ social care and related legislation.

Andrew Bilecki

Andrew Bilecki is a technology professional with 20 years of experience working with energy, utilities & natural resources companies in Europe & the US. He has held executive & senior leadership roles in three major European utilities & two global consulting organisations, with industry experience including power, water, metals & mining, and oil & gas. He has helped a number of large companies transform their businesses and a number of tech startups to grow theirs. Andrew holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from Durham University and a Certificate in Company Direction (distinction) from the Institute of Directors (IoD). He is a Fellow of the British Computing Society, a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and an Associate of the IoD.

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