The VRN Team

The VRN partnership has invested in a multi-disciplinary central team to drive the planning and delivery of the VRN's mission and programme of work. The role of the VRN team is to:

  • Lead the development of data sharing and analysis to inform strategic planning and operations.

  • Champion the VRN's vision, principles and methodology, and support partners to apply these in the development of organisations and sectors responses to serious violence.

  • Lead the delivery of the Response Strategy.

  • Ensure young people and communities are fully involved in all aspects of the VRN's work.

  • Coordinate and promote strategic messaging and campaigns around serious violence.

  • Design, test and evaluate evidence-informed strategies to prevent violence.

  • Generate and cascade learning across the Network.

Meet the Team:

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Grace Strong

Strategic Director

Grace works on behalf of the Violence Reduction Board and is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic development of the Network. She also leads the central team.

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Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy

Lead for Evidence & Evaluation

Stevie leads the VRN's data, evidence and evaluation work. She is responsible for improving data sharing and usage including ensuring insights from communities inform the VRN's work. Stevie is also responsible for ensuring evaluation is integrated into the VRN programme.


Shaida Bibi

Programme Manager 

Working closely with the VRN team leads, Shaida oversees the delivery of the networks projects, monitors their implementation and progress and ensures the programme has an effective structure.

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Claire Vanneck

Business Support Officer 

Claire provides project support to the VRN team and the Violence Reduction Board. She also directly supports the work of the Community and Young People Involvement Officer.


David O'Hanlon-Ribbins

Lead for Children & Families

David leads the VRN's prevention work focusing on parenting and families, education, youth work and diversion. This includes developing resources, and co-leading the Trauma-informed Schools Network and Mentors in Violence Prevention.

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Beth Grewcock

Serious Violence Partnership Analyst

Beth's role is dedicated to improving our understanding of serious violence and local responses through the sharing, analysis, and use of data. She has developed the Serious Violence dashboard for internal and external use and provides data products to support intervention and performance monitoring.

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Lisa Wilkinson

Community and Young People Involvement Officer

Lisa’s role is all about young people and communities. She is responsible for ensuring the VRN works collaboratively with communities and involves young people in all aspects of our work.