I live in Chiseldon and have been the village NHW co-ordinator since 2006. I have an interest in matters relating to community safety which extend to my role as a Chiseldon Parish Councillor. I strongly advocate a tripartite collaboration involving Parish Council, Neighbourhood Watch and Wiltshire Police as the basis for good communication and collaboration in supporting Safer Communities at the local level. I became Chair of Wiltshire NHW in July 2019, since which time our Association has sought to improve its guidance and support to local NHW schemes as well as develop its partnership with Wiltshire Police to benefit all communities in Wiltshire and Swindon.
I have enjoyed living in Calne for over 20 years. Originally from the Blackpool area, I left home at fifteen and joined the Army where I served for 15 years, mainly in the Royal Tank Regiment as a gunnery instructor. I started Coleman’s Farm NHW in Calne several years ago and it has grown to 75 members in that time. I attend both Calne and Chippenham Safety Forum meetings which support liaison between local communities, their representatives and neighbourhood police teams. Locally, I drive for the Calne branch of the Wiltshire Link scheme, mainly hospital runs.
I have been married for 44 years and have two grown up children, one of whom is a local community nurse. I enjoy watching most sports and I am one of the many Vice Presidents of Calne Rugby Club.
I have lived in Downton for over 30 years and have always taken an interest in in many aspects of the village. I started the Barford Lane NHW scheme in 2019 after a series of lead thefts and since then two other schemes have started in the village and there is close co-operation between each of the schemes.
Our local schemes are all about providing a safe environment and this is strengthened if we work in partnership with the police and the Parish Council to reduce crime. As criminality extends beyond boundaries, I started the Neighbourhood Tasking Group which includes NHW and Parish Council representatives from our neighbouring parishes. We meet every month with the police to discuss crime trends in the area and importantly, how we the public can help. In this way we understand the nature of local crime which help determine policy priorities which serves to reassure the local community in terms of the police acknowledging local concerns.
In my role as a committee member of our Association, I support the principle of close working relationships with Wiltshire Police and other community stakeholders.
I was born in Exeter and educated at Hele’s School, Exeter. I moved to the north-west Hampshire, south Wiltshire area in 1968 after obtaining my Masters Degree at Manchester University in Numerical Analysis and Computer Science. Now retired, I worked my whole career at the IBM UK Research and Development Laboratory near Winchester, undertaking various roles, most of which were in management.
I currently live in Landford, a village in the north of the New Forest in south Wiltshire. I am married with two grown-up children and four grandchildren. I have always been actively involved in community activities and am passionate about all aspects of community safety. I joined the Association’s committee in 2019. My hobbies include fishing, table-tennis and photography having interest in outdoor conservation activities.
I have spent the last 31 years working for BT in network efficiency, project and finance management and financial forecasting and reporting. I am currently Treasure of the Association.
Outside work, I have served as a Melksham Town Councillor, Chair of Governors at a local primary school and previously held the position of Chair of Melksham Community Area Partnership. I am a member of the Melksham and Area Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and the Melksham Energy Group.
I am married with two adult children and have lived in Melksham since 1999. My leisure time is spent reading, time in the garden and walking the dog.
Following a varied career path experienced in South Africa, including senior administrative roles in the health service, I moved to England in 2008. In 2009 I started my Avon career whilst living in Cheshire and moved to Swindon with Reg, my husband in 2012 where we set up a NHW scheme in our local area. I joined Reg as part of the project team that saw the introduction of the Community Messaging service in Wiltshire.
In 2015 I became an Avon Sales Leader. I continue to support the work of our Association as a committee member.
Originally, an accountant with a degree in Financial and Business Management, I ran a tour and production company for 17 years working across the world with Rock and Pop bands. Now living in Swindon with my wife Evelyn, also a committee member, we set up a NHW scheme in Rodbourne and soon after I became Area Co-ordinator for West Swindon. I still co-ordinate the Rodbourne scheme. I was a member of the project team that supported the introduction of the Community Messaging service in Wiltshire.
I now support the Association with technical queries that may arise in relation to Community Messaging and the Association’s website.