Like all charitable companies, the Neighbourhood Network is governed by a group of unpaid volunteers who act as both trustees of the charity and directors of the company. They are our Board of Trustees.
Our current Board of Trustees is made up of 5 people who come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide range of skills and experience to the Neighbourhood Network.
Charity Manager - November 2015 - Present
Sarah has worked in a variety of roles within the Community Sector for over 16 years. Working as a Senior Finance Clerk with Preston Road Neighbourhood Development Company (PRNDC), and then moving across to the Freedom Centre as a Sales Coordinator, which is where the partnership between Lucy and Sarah begun. Continuing to develop and learn skills needed to improve business outcomes and increase community engagement.
Outside of work hours, Sarah is an active member of her local residents association, and has setup a successful community Facebook page, acting as a modern day NHW page.
Sarah is constantly striving to improve the area she lives in and enhance community engagement by organising regular community events including clean up events and developing ideas which combat issues in the area. Sarah is also a School Governor at a Hull Academy, passionate about improving local education to the highest of standards.
Lucy graduated with a BA (hons) Tourism Management in degree in 2000, before going on to travel Australia throughout 2001. In September of this year Lucy was employed as a Room Sales Executive at the Ramada Hotel, eventually taking up the role of Conference Co-ordinator and then Sales Office Team Leader in a seven-year career at the hotel.
In 2008 Lucy transferred the skills gained in the private sector to take up a new role as Sales Co-ordinator at the Freedom Centre in Hull, a community facility built as part of a regeneration project within East Hull.
The role developed greatly over the seven years in employment, with responsibilities including social media updating, the designing of the company website and marketing of all products and services. During 2012 and 2013 in addition to this work Lucy also spent time as a PTH college lecturer teaching BTEC Travel & Tourism. In 2015 the opportunity arose to take over management of the Neighbourhood Network along with her Freedom Centre colleague of five years Sarah Weichardt.
Lucy’s hobbies include spending quality time with her young family and playing in a local netball league.
Charity Manager - November 2015 - present
Trustee Since 2011
Now semi-retired Colin has his own IT consultancy originally in Cambridge and latterly in Hull for many years. An ex-Hull Grammarian he was born in Cottingham and went to Surrey University where he studied Electronics and Computing.
. Colin started a Neighbourhood watch group in Cambridge in the 1980s and joined the Bricknell Avenue Neighbourhood Watch group when he returned to Hull about 12 years ago. He now runs the Wyke Area Residents Neighbourhood Watch group and sends out the weekly bulletin to around 500 residents every week.
Colin is a Police Volunteer and although he now has mobility problems he tries to help the Police whenever he can. His interests include Drama, Amateur Radio and Genealogy. One of the founder members of the Neighbourhood Network Hull since its formation in 2011; he has been the Chairman of the Trustees since 2014.
Terry has run a neighbourhood watch group in the city since 1993 and is one of the founder members of the Neighbourhood Network Hull, becoming deputy chairman of the trustees in 2014.
He was born in Beverley and moved to Hull in 1967 where he has lived ever since. He attended the Hull School of Architecture before taking up a post with a private architect in the city, later moving to the local authority in Beverley, where he worked on a variety of building types including many police properties around the Humberside Police area.
After taking early retirement from Humberside County Council in 1996 he joined the Police Community Liaison Committee, later becoming a member the Wardens Steering Group and a member of the Northern Area Executive. Terry’s interests include travel, attending a local gym and participating in various classes and likes to play snooker, but without much success!
Trustee Since 2011
Trustee Since 2016
Sharon Porter is the sole Director of RDS Academy CIC and RDS Training Ltd. She has worked in adult education for over 20 years. RDS was created in 2008 to help people get into work in the Hospitality, Security or Warehousing sectors.
Born and bred in Hull, Debbie moved across to the south bank when she joined Humberside Police in 1979 as a police officer. Eighteen years, a husband and two children later she left the Police and began working for North Lincolnshire Council in housing. In 2001 to 2005 she did a part time degree in housing policy at Sheffield Hallam University and continued her work in housing moving across to North East Lincolnshire where she eventually took voluntary redundancy in March 2016 from her job as Head of Strategic Housing with North East Lincolnshire Council.
Debbie now works as Engagement Officer for the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner acting as his eyes and ears out in the communities of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Her main current interests are researching her family history.
Trustee Since Jan 2018
Trustee Since Jan 2018
Although I was not born in Hull I have lived here since the age of 5 years old, during this time I have grown to love the city and feel very proud showing the sights of Hull to visitors who are here for the first time.
Having worked in retail and retail security for many years I am fully aware of the problems the city faces. In 2009 I opened a Community Safety Hub at the Trafalgar Centre in the North of the city, this not only operates as a safe place for local people to meet, it also provides a central point where they can talk to their local policing team, provide any information they have regarding crime in the area and get security advice and reassurance.
Times have been hard during the last few years and recent crime trends seem to be increasing, we are aware of the struggle our police are having due to financial restraints imposed on them, but I feel very strongly that we can do a lot more to help them. Not reporting crimes is the easy way out for many but the information that is not passed on to the police means that effective profiling of the area is not accurate and it could mean that the area you live in will not get the police cover we require.
Neighbourhood Network provides a means for us to all do our bit to help the police and to give reassurance to residents that they are not alone. By working closely with the police and local authority it is another tools in our fight against crime.