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 Strategic Partnership Board and is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic development of the Network. She also leads the VRN central team.

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Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy

Lead for Data, 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. She currently leads the national VRU evaluation network.


Shaida Bibi

Programme Manager 

Shaida ensures that the VRN programme operates efficiently. Working closely with the VRN team and key stakeholders, Shaida oversees the delivery of the network's projects and monitors their implementation and progress.

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Claire Vanneck

Business Staff Officer 

Claire provides project support to the VRN team and its governance structure. She also directly supports several projects including the development of key products such as the Live Safe website.


David O'Hanlon-Ribbins

Lead for Children & Families

David leads the VRN's prevention work focusing on parenting and families, education. 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 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. Lisa is also a member of the operational group of the National Hope Collective.