I’ve been involved in community safety for some time, both professionally and personally. This includes being a Watch member >30 years ago, and as a trustee within the voluntary sector since 2005, locally in my own Dunblane community and nationally for the Scottish Flood Forum.
In my day job I lead Communications and Customer Service across the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) flooding functions, and am responsible for delivering warning & informing information and engagement (the Floodline service), community safety education and community resilience. That led to my becoming an active member of the Scottish Government’s Voluntary Sector Resilience Partnership, and brought an increasing awareness of the excellent way NWS has been evolving.
“With over 13 years as a charity trustee elsewhere, I hope I can bring some useful experience as newly (Dec ’19) elected chair of NWS, and support the amazing work being done out there. Community-led action working towards creating a safer environment has never been more important, and Neighbourhood Watch’s role in that never more vital.
Lorraine Gillies is the Chief Officer with the Scottish Community Safety Network and Chief Officer of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland. Her role is to ensure that the organisations achieve the vision set out by the Boards of Directors and reflects the needs of the membership and stakeholders. Lorraine has a background in the public sector, audit and scrutiny and the third and voluntary sectors. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and enjoys starting fires….
Follow Lorraine on Twitter: @GilliesLorraine
I have been involved in community safety for many years and direct involvement with Neighbourhood Watch goes back to 2002
Roddy Ross is the Team leader in the Safer Communities Team at Perth and Kinross Council where he is responsible for:
· ASB Investigators
· Unpaid Work Team
· Community Warden
· MAPPA Housing Liaison
and associated matters. He was very involved in the introduction of Community Watch in Perth and Kinross.
Roddy came onto the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland Board as a Trustee in 2019 and in January 2021 was appointed Treasurer.
I have been in the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) for 29 years, working in a number of roles both Operationally and in Community Safety. My current position is in the Prevention and Protection Function where I work closely with our communities and partners to help keep people safe and well in their homes.
I look forward to working alongside all our members and fellow Trustees.
Alan Dron is currently the Rural Crime Coordinator for Police Scotland. With over 28 years police service in a variety of roles including the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, he is now based at the Scottish Crime Campus, Gartcosh and has a national remit which primarily involves the day to day facilitation, operational drive and smooth running of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC), a partnership consisting of key and relevant organisations working together with a strategic vision of co-ordinating cohesive and sustained crime prevention advice to rural communities throughout Scotland. In addition he chair’s the Scottish Heritage Crime Group, represents Police Scotland on the National Access Forum plus has recently been given responsibility for developing a national acquisitive crime strategy.
My working life started in grocery retail shops with the Coop and managing shops, at an early age.
I then turned that on its’ head and, for over 30 years, sold food to retail stores on behalf of major American food manufacturers, based in the UK.
My career progressed over the years and involved selling to major UK store Head offices supplying all regions of the UK operating from our UK HQ in Cheltenham. I then moved into a role of communications and trade relations on behalf of my employer and this role saw me entering a period of working on press releases and being involved in ensuring our working relationship with many UK retailers flourished through effective and meaningful communication channels including National trade press and advertising campaigns.
I have always been involved in helping others via varied channels and by being involved in charity support work again across the UK retail and wholesale food businesses.
Neighbourhood Watch came my way some 32 years ago when I became a coordinator looking after over 100 homes. That led to involvement with the local NHW association which guided a large geographical area of Watches and we met frequently with the local police to help us build our membership and understanding of how we as householders could help protect our home and nearby areas.
I want to use my experiences and learning of over 30 years of NHW work to help me as a board member of NHW Scotland.
I have a strong belief that we all have a role to play in protecting our own homes, possessions, and local areas by getting involved with organisations like NHW, so get involved!
After achieving a degree in Geography from Aberdeen and a Post Graduate degree in Farm Business Organisational Management from SAC, Kathryn moved to Oxford to start her career in Public Relations with an agricultural agency. Following this she spent two years in London working for a professional services agency. The final move was back to Scotland where she worked for a small full-service agency covering marketing, branding, media relations and event management.
Currently Kathryn heads up the Neighbourhood Watch in Inveresk. She attends Community Police meetings (CAPP) and is an active member of Inveresk Village Society. In 2021 she launched and coordinated an initiative to eradicate Giant Hogweed on the River Esk.
Kathryn is married to Alan, they live in Inveresk with their three children and far too many pets!