Board of Trustees
The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) is a registered charity governed by our elected Board of Trustees.
Our Trustees are James Maddan (Chair), Lynn Farrar (Vice Chair/Secretary), Alastair McCrindle (Treasurer), Ron Taylor, Queenie Smith and Dr John Perkins.
Our Board liaises with our Advisory Group made up of one volunteer representative from each of the nine English regions plus Wales (making 10 members of the Advisory Group in total). Each Regional Representative is chosen by Neighbourhood and Home Watch in the region in line with the regions constitution. To find your Regional Representative click here.
James Maddan, Chair
Contact James Maddan
I became involved in Neighbourhood Watch when I moved to Nether Heage in 2002. I joined the local scheme and was soon elected Area Coordinator. I became Secretary/Treasurer of Belper Neighbourhood Watch Support Group in 2005 and through divisional representation was elected Chair of Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch Association Trust in 2010.
Throughout my career I have worked in the public sector. I studied for qualifications in Purchasing and Supply and became MCIPS qualified in 1997 and then took an MBA at Leicester University, graduating in 2001. After leaving the Inland Revenue on early retirement in 2006, I commenced part-time lecturing at the University of Derby where I taught mature students in purchasing and supply for 3 years.
I am now enjoying being a full time volunteer and continuing my work as Area Coordinator for Nether Heage as well as my new role as Vice Chair of the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales).
I live in Derbyshire with my dog and cat and in my spare time I am a voluntary tour guide at Heage Windmill.
Contact Lynn Farrar
Contact Alastair McCrindle
I joined a local Neighbourhood Watch some years ago which unfortunately just faded away.
While talking with neighbours about how things appeared to be deteriorating on our estate we decided in late 2006 to start again, which we did and from then on I took a greater interest on a wider scale. I joined the Stockton District Central Committee and became more committed to the aims and spread of Neighbourhood Watch.
I am married with three children and so far three grandchildren. A lot of my working life has been in sales and some working in childcare. I am currently employed in an administrative role.
Contact Ron Taylor
My name is Mirabelle Queenie Smith (because Mirabelle is such a mouthful I became Queenie - easier to remember). I was born in Coventry 73 years ago and have lived here all my life, married for almost 54 years; we have two sons and seven grandchildren. I am a florist by trade but can turn my hand to almost anything. I am proud to be the longest serving Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator in Coventry and a founder member of our Association and have been Chair for 8 years – I love my work. It is with pride that I Chair my local street and area (Coundon) of Coventry and started Allotment Watch as the allotment Secretary and run the site. In my position I link into the Neighbourhood Watch Officers. In 2007 I received a lifetime achievers award from the Constabulary and I am very proud of my blue lamp award.
Contact Queenie Smith
I was appointed Chair of the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association at our AGM at the beginning of October 2008 and am the NHW Coordinator for the villages of Gamblesby and Unthank in Cumbria’s Eden Valley. I retired in 2001 as Chief Executive of The National Computing Centre after a career in Research, Marketing and Business Development with Pilkington Glass and BT. Since that time I have worked as an independent consultant, been involved as a Mentor and Area Coordinator with the Princes Trust in Cumbria, played a part as a Trustee in an award winning sustainable refurbishment of the Gamblesby Community Centre, developed my allotment and garden and played a lot of bowls. Apart from gardening and bowls my main interests are my family, snooker and Mozart.
Contact Dr John Perkins