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Greater Manchester’s VRU is a multi-agency, centralised hub made up of managers from key partner agencies, co-located (pre-COVID) in a single location.

Damian Dallimore

Damian Dallimore

VRU Director

Full time employee of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in the Police and Crime Team. In addition to violence reduction, Damian is also the Greater Manchester Lead for tackling serious and organised crime.

Dan Diamond

Dan Diamond

Partnership Lead

After many years in the National Probation Service, Dan now works for Greater Manchester Combined Authority in the Police and Crime Team. Dan oversees the day-to-day running of the VRU and the partnership activity related to it.

Chris Downey

Superintendent Chris Downey

Police Lead for the VRU and child-centred policing

Superintendent Downey manages the police surge funding, himself and the other GMP officers are a crucial component of the VRU team and the strategic direction of the Greater Manchester violence reduction programme.

Roger Edwards

Roger Edwards

Police Officer

Fulltime police officer in the team, he has responsibility for the strategic implementation of the VRU work in GMP and Key Stakeholders across GM. Roger specialises in Information Sharing Agreements, Data Protection Impact Assessments and Contracts.

Paul Nolan

Paul Nolan

Police Officer

Fulltime police officer in the team, he has the responsibility for the tactical implementation of the VRU work in GMP across all 10 districts and specialist teams. Paul specialises in developing innovative programs to provide enhanced offers to young people in the Criminal Justice system who suffer from Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Mark Cheston

Mark Cheston

Police Officer

Fulltime police officer in the team, he has the responsibility for the operational implementation of the VRU work in GMP, whilst supporting the wider police team. Mark specialises in the Integrated Offender Management national refresh work and School Engagement officer work in relation to the suppression of violence.

Michael Phipps

Michael Phipps

Voluntary, community and social enterprise Lead

Michael coordinates the community-led, violence reduction pilots across Greater Manchester. Michael has extensive experience as a youth and community worker, and co-designed the community-led pilot with the VRU Programme Director.

Rachel Jenner

Dr Rachel Jenner

Clinical Lead

Rachel’s substantive role is as an Emergency Medicine consultant in Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Paediatric Emergency Department Emergency Department and is the Clinical Lead within the VRU.

Rebecca Bromley-Woods

Becca Bromley-Woods

Education Lead

On secondment from The Manchester College where she is an Assistant Principal, Becca leads on all the education work for the VRU and is the key point of liaison with all schools, colleges and universities in Greater Manchester.

David Gilbride

Dave Gilbride

Victims Lead

Employed on a fixed term contract with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority police and crime team, Dave’s role is to be the victim’s voice within the VRU, ensuring all our work is victim focused and commissioning projects and interventions aimed at improving services to victims.

Lucy Vanes

Lucy Vanes

Public health Lead

A public health registrar on placement with the VRU, Lucy leads on all public health activity and is an advisor to the team on public health approaches. Lucy takes the lead for writing and updating the Strategic Needs Assessment.

Paul Axon

Paul Axon

Youth Justice Lead

Paul’s substantive role is Director of Young People’s Services at the charity Positive Steps, acting within that role as the Head of Oldham Youth Justice Service. Paul is the Greater Manchester Youth Justice Lead for violence reduction.

Sushma Parmar

Sushma Parmar

Probation Lead

Sushma’s substantive role is as a Senior Probation Officer working for the Greater Manchester Probation Service and is the Greater Manchester Lead in NPS for violence reduction.

Graham Helm

Graham Helm

Community Sports Lead

On a full-time secondment into the VRU from StreetGames, Graham leads a team that is responsible for all community sports activity for the VRU and works closely with Michael Phipps on the community-led pilots, where community sports and youth work are key priorities identified by young people and the community.

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Business Support

On a fixed term contract with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in the Police and Crime Team, Jason provides business support for the whole programme, including financial management and project assistance.

Mel Garry

Mel Garry

Communications Lead

As communications Lead for the VRU, Mel is responsible for sharing publicly the resources and interventions the VRU are putting in place to help prevent and reduce the impact of serious violence in our city-region at a regional, local, and place-based level.

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