PROFILES OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF WYCOMBE DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION:
Stan Jones is a retired Managing Director of Rolls Royce Transmission &Distribution and he was active in the community in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, chairing several committees, including the South Tyneside Regeneration Body and Tyneside TEC. He is Chairman of Hughenden Street Association, a Parish Councillor and on the police Strategic and Wycombe Independent Advisory Groups. With NHW, he is Area Co-ordinator for Great Kingshill and he joined the WDNHWA committee on 15th July 2008. He became Secretary on 21st September 2010 and Chairman on 1st January 2015. He is Chairman of Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association.
Geoff Pegg is a retired businessman having been involved in international trade for most of his working life. He has lived in the Wycombe District since 1967. He started attending WDNHWA committee meetings in 1999 and joined the committee as Treasurer in 2000. He took over as Chairman on 1st April 2002 and has signed up more than 1,000 Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) scheme Co-ordinators. He took on the new role of Director of Operations on 1st January 2015.
Ian Burrell is a company director and a retired tax consultant. He has lived in High Wycombe since 1978. He attended his first committee meeting as a guest on 13th September 2013 and was appointed Treasurer on 10th March 2014.
Bill Potts is a retired award-winning journalist and former Deputy Editor of the Bucks Free Press. He lived in Deeds Grove, High Wycombe, from 1970 and was a founder-member and Co-ordinator of the Deeds Grove NHW scheme which was established in 2000. He joined the WDNHWA committee on 13th November 2000. He moved to Naphill in April 2014 and his current aim is to establish a thriving NHW scheme in his new area.
Eric Hambling is a retired Marine Engineer having spent 41 years working for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service. He moved to Hazlemere in 1986 and first became involved with the Neighbourhood Watch Association in 2004 as Deputy Co-ordinator for his street. He subsequently became an Area Representative for the Cedar Park estate and more recently a Multi Scheme Administrator for the Neighbourhood Alert Messaging System. He is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and an active member of the Thames Valley Police Community Speed Watch programme which aims to educate the public on the dangers of excessive speed in residential areas. He joined the committee of WDNHWA on 12th March 2019.
Ray Cox grew up in Somerset and, after working at a local short wave radio station and completing an apprenticeship, he moved to London working on the production of TV Detector Cars. After short periods with Philips Domestic Appliances and BICC Cables, Ray joined the sales team of BT in 1981 dealing with major companies. In 1985, Ray set up his own company working in the Social Care Sector across all 33 London Boroughs, Care Homes, and Home Care Agencies. Ray is now very much involved in local Scouting and in running the annual Hazlemere Fete. Ray lives in Hazlemere and has lived in the Wycombe District since 1970. He joined the WDNHWA committee on 12th March 2019.
Caterina Dodaro has lived in High Wycombe since 1998. She has worked as a freelance technical translator and Italian teacher. She has also worked in the care industry and is currently the ecommerce sales representative for a local company. In 2015 she joined the local NAG and became a Coordinator in 2018. She started attending WDNHWA committee meetings in 2019 and joined the committee on 21st July 2020. Her main interest is raising awareness for modern slavery and child sexual exploitation.
Jennifer Swallow, upon moving to Stokenchurch in March 2007 and seeing some minor, but repeating, anti-social behaviour, set up a NHW scheme with her husband for their road and, soon after, the anti-social behaviour was a thing of the past. They became Area Co-ordinators in 2010 and, in January 2019, Jennifer took on the role of a Multi-Scheme Administrator for Stokenchurch and its surrounding area, which quickly progressed into doing voluntary administration work for WDNHWA and resulted in her joining the committee on 26th January 2021.
Shafait Ali is Secretary of the Wycombe Islamic Mission & Mosque Trust which oversees the mosques in Jubilee Road, Castlefield, Townfield House, and Micklefield. He joined the WDNHWA committee on 18th May 2021. Further details will follow.