I was appointed in the summer of 2003 as the Executive Director of the Scottish Business Crime Centre (SBCC) a position I held until 2011. I am a Business Studies graduate of the University of Edinburgh with thirty years experience in general management with Royal Mail group.
In my time at the Centre I increased the profile of the SBCC not just in Scotland, but, in a wider UK perspective. This success was delivered through key partnerships with the Police in Scotland, the Scottish Government and key stakeholders from the wider Scottish business community.
I was a member of the Board of Crimestoppers – Scotland, a member of the Home Office Identity Fraud Consumer Awareness Group and a Board member of the National Best Bar None initiative. I was also Chair of the Edinburgh Board of the Prince’s Trust Scotland. In 2008 I received a BSIA (British Security Industry Association) Chairman’s Award for my contribution to the community.
I have a Postgraduate qualification in Marketing. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing and a Chartered Marketer.
I enjoy travelling and I have visited Australia and many other areas closer to home since leaving the SBCC. I am a keen follower of most sports. I enjoy hill walking and I aim to improve my golf.
I was proud to be appointed Chair of the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland Board of Trustees in September 2016. I look forward to seeing the organisation develop further over the coming years.
Having owned and been involved with horses most of my life, I was becoming more and more aware and concerned with the increasing level of equine related crime occurring locally.
With this in mind, and after some investigating, I discovered that in England they had Horsewatch Groups operating in most areas. These groups worked alongside Police and the Equestrian Community, sharing and reporting news on thefts, attacks or suspicious behaviour involving horses. Until recently, Scotland had not suffered the same level of Equine Related Crime, but this was changing.
In 2009, having gained the support of all Scotland’s Police Forces (now Police Scotland) and the British Horse Society Scotland, we have our own Scottish Horsewatch Group which has been running very successfully – Horsewatch Scotland
Having been running Horsewatch Scotland single handedly for the past few years, joining forces with Neighbourhood Watch Scotland not only offers members more choices and a more sophisticated, quicker way of being contact, but hopefully this move will also safeguard the future of Horsewatch Scotland.
My name is James Watson and I have been associated with Neighbourhood Watch for 31 years, I am married with 3 grown up children and 3 grand-children.
I worked in Local Government for 20 years and coming to Kirkcaldy I started our local Neighbourhood Watch in 1981, and wanted to make our area a place that people could live and be free from crime. Later on in 2005 I along with 7/8 other personnel met and formed The Association of Scottish Neighbourhood Watches and I was elected as Treasurer / Trustee to same.
During the period in between, I was invited by the Police to come and attend a meeting to see about forming a local association which included Kirkcaldy, Kinghorn, Burntisland and Auchtertool. This has been established and been running for 20 years, during which time I have served every position on from Chairman /Secretary/Treasurer/Vice Chair. As time progressed, I was a trustee for Fife NW and then in 2012 AoSNW changed over its name to Neighbourhood Watch Scotland. Over the years my desire was to see NWS become a force of its own to prevent crime and make the whole of Scotland a country worth living in and promoting good citizenship and free from crime overall.
My professional career is mainly in the field of Human Resource (aka “Personnel”) Management. My earlier years, as a Work Study Engineer, were mainly concerned with productivity improvement through application of Work Measurement and Method Study techniques.
This inevitably included much involvement in the related aspects of human relations, including, motivation, negotiation, communication, training and development, which led me into HR via the route of managing industrial/employment relations, including aspects of health and safety. This inevitably caused me to become increasingly involved, and interested, in Employment Law. Eventually, including through continuing study, this interest developed and broadened to the Law in general. Indeed the core of my professional activities, for many years now, has been as a Consultant advising clients in matters of Employment Law , Employment Relations and Policy, and representing parties in Litigation, primarily within the Employment Tribunal system.
I have operated within organisations across a wide spectrum of industrial and commercial sectors, including at senior strategic organisational planning and policy development levels working in close association with various management and technical disciplines. I believe that from both academic study and practical experience I have not only developed sound skills and knowledge in the understanding of people, and in the law, but also a broad vision and understanding of business and organisations.
Perhaps on a lighter note my other interests include sailing, playing golf (usually badly), and folk music (hopefully playing that less badly!).
I moved to Edinburgh in 2007 with my wife Pam from Buckinghamshire. I am a Director of a HR consultancy business in Edinburgh which provides services across the UK. Prior to this I was the HR Director of a multi-national construction company.
In March 2011 I set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for the Fairmeadow Development in Rosewell, Midlothian, where I have been the Co-ordinator for the past 2 years.
I am also a Director/Trustee and also Treasurer of the Rosewell Development Trust. The trust was set up in 2011 to help ensure the long-term social, economic and environmental sustainability of the local community. Originally I qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in the manufacturing sector in the South East.
I have been a former Chair of the Fife Neighbourhood Watch Association and was the founding Chair of the Association of Scottish Neighbourhood Watches (former identity of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland).
I continue to support the neighbourhood watch movement locally and work alongside Police Scotland and Scottish Fire & Rescue to address community safety issues in my area.
As the current Chair of the Levenmouth Community Safety Panel I am engaging with Levenmouth Academy to raise pupil awareness of safety issues that may affect them, such as internet safety and safe use of social media. I am also actively involved with the Fife Society for the Blind and provide support and transport to organised events.
I hope as a Trustee I can use my experience of neighbourhood watch nationally and locally to make a valued contribution to Neighbourhood Watch Scotland.