The Community Crime Commission is made up of a panel of 16 members, who are both experts and local community leaders.
The panel of experts are entirely independent, to allow for an honest and open discussion between the council and the public. They will provide the council with recommendations on how to tackle the priority areas of crime.
Dr. Javed Khan OBE, Chief Executive of the Barnardo’s charity has been selected to lead the commission.
Meet the panel
Colin Foster MBE
Colin was born in Liverpool in 1947 and moved to London in 1984 and has lived with his wife, Janet, in his present house in Gants Hill for 30 years and enjoys the pleasant integrated neighbourhood.
He spent many years working in organisational change management in the Department of Education and in 2000, was awarded the MBE for managing the programme which gained the Investors in People Award for the entire Department – the first Civil Service Department to gain this Award.
In recent years Colin has been Chair of the Patients Group at Gants Hill Medical Centre and actively supports the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Colin heard about the Community Crime Commission from the Owl Messaging website and was curious to learn more. With other residents, he has previously been engaged with local Police action in dealing with antisocial behaviour. He firmly believe in the “broken windows” philosophy of dealing with local petty crime and muggings.
Sabah has recently graduated from the University College London, and is passionate about increasing access to opportunities and promoting diversity and inclusion.
She wanted to be a part of the Community Crime Commission to make a real difference to Redbridge’s priority crime areas and underlying causes. Sabah hopes to create a better public sector, advocating for greater representation of the public needs and ensuring focus on outcomes, rather than processes, to help realise benefits.
Gavin is the Founding Director of Reach Every Generation. He has numerous years of experience working within the youth justice sector, with many different roles.
Due to his own ‘lived experience’ involving adverse childhood experiences, which led to cycles of negativity, crime and violence, he has a passion and interest in supporting young people within the youth justice system and fighting social issues that impact and affect young people. Passion, determination, and empathy place him in a strong position for effecting change and leaving a legacy for the next generation.
In every role he has undertaken he has given his very best, in which he seeks to empower and be empowered by every experience and believes that he has a lot to offer any team or organisation. Gavin has founded and established his own company to support marginalized young people involved in or at risk of criminal exploitation, serious violence, and crime. He believes it is paramount to not only offer hope and opportunity to the young people directly, but also empower and equip professionals that work with such young people daily.
Through training professionals with bespoke awareness and practical approaches training, establishing grassroot coaching projects to directly reach the young people that need support, partnering with other organisations, and being a member of networks on policy reform, Gavin feels that he is constantly working towards his goal and aim of offering hope and opportunity to those that would otherwise be stuck in cycles of negativity, not able to reach their full potential in society.
When establishing his company, Gavin was able to draw on his previous experiences within other roles, such as working in a secure children’s home, outreach mentoring, supporting disadvantage families and so forth; He experienced the impact of incarceration on children and families, which drove the vision and creativity that went into our project, trying to prevent young people reaching the criminal justice system, or helping them to stay out of it once they have left. Having such experiences allowed him to strategically align our outcomes and ethos to meet the needs of our chosen beneficiaries, ensuring better outcomes for young people and the ability to advocate on behalf of the young people we support.
Supporting his team and staff is something Gavin has taken very seriously during his role in leadership, he accepts full responsibility and liability of his roles and therefore, ensures he gives his best. He loves to empower and encourage others to be their best within his team, taking on a coaching style of management with the hope his staff will then deliver the most effective and a high standard of coaching for the young people we support.
Although Gavin is solution focused and aims to build up and invest in his team, he also understands that sometimes uncomfortable conversations have to be had, to ensure we are meeting the needs of the young people we are supporting.
Gavin believes he is a great team member; he has strong communication skills; he understands the importance of being a good listener as well as communicator. He is open to learning opportunities always, and is in the process of starting a Sociology and Criminology degree to enhance his learning. Gavin hopes this role will help him to continue his learning and exercise his passion to bring about societal change.
Richard Angell is a resident in Barkingside, Redbridge where he is active in his local community.
He works as Campaigns Director for the HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust and trustee of the global LGBT right charity, the Kaleidescope Trust. He regularly appear as a Sky News as a pundit and across a number of media platforms. He has previously worked for an events company, a leading think thank and was the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on combating Antisemitism.
Taiwo has worked in higher education and student led organisations in multiple capacities, as the Vice President, Campaign Manager, and as an advocate for the rights of ethnic minorities on local and national developments. He works part time for an international NGO and holds a BSc in Biomedical science and is the Chief of Staff at the Youth Vote UK.
Taiwo wanted to join the Community Crime Commission because he wants to make a difference, this is an amazing opportunity to make real tangible change, locally and regionally. This work will have a wide-ranging impact on his local community, his borough, his community as well as the youth.
Clare is a local resident that was born and grew up in Ilford. She is a member of the Loxford and Clements wood Resident Association and Friends of Loxford Community group that is based in Loxford Park. She is also a member of the Loxford Ward Panel. In her professional life she is a HR, Education and Training Manager, a mum of three and grandmother of one.
Clare is extremely passionate about the area in which she lives. It is a diverse and on the whole inclusive community of which she is proud. However, in recent years there has definitely been a rise in ASB, fly tipping, drug dealing and violent crime. She feels we are at a precipice, and must act now to address these serious issues that threaten our community and the safety and piece of mind of the majority of law abiding residents.
Joanne Hamill is a Headteacher at a local secondary school in Redbridge for the past five years. She is also a member of the YOT Executive Board, working alongside representatives including but not limited to; the Police, NHS, and Social Services. Joanne's interest in getting involved with the crime commission is to help play her part in helping to address rising concerns about crime in the local community, especially in relation to the number of young people getting caught up, and how education can play a pivotal role through working with key partners in our community to the root cause of crime in Redbridge to improve our local area for everyone.
Jenny Ellis is a Redbridge resident and Chief Officer of RedbridgeCVS, the umbrella body for the local voluntary and community sector. Before joining RedbridgeCVS Jenny worked in a range of social enterprise and frontline charity leadership roles. She is also Vice Chair of Odd Eyes Theatre, a charity that seeks to facilitate exchange, break barriers and celebrate diversity through performance, film and creative learning opportunities.
Jenny has a particular interest in asset based community development approaches, and solutions that place outcomes for residents first and the principles of co-design at the heart of decision making. She also brings 10 years experience of building partnerships across the voluntary, public and private sectors
Michelle has lived in Redbridge for the last 13 years. In a professional capacity Michelle has worked in the field of domestic abuse for over 20 years, gaining a wealth of experience and frontline knowledge in this area.
Michelle has joined the Community Crime Commission to give something back to the community and to ensure that the views of local residents are represented. While she hopes that the experience and knowledge gained through her professional life will provide an added benefit to the group.