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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Rachel Jenner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.