Programme Director, Violence and Vulnerability Unit (VVU)
Association of Town & City Management (confirmed)
Simon Ford is currently Head of Community Safety at Southend Borough Council. He manages a multi agency co located community safety team based at Southend Police Station (Essex). He also has responsibility for the Borough’s CCTV network Simon has worked in public protection for over 25 years – both in police and local authority roles. His extensive knowledge of community safety and the role of Community Safety Partnerships has also brought him to the position of Programme Director, Violence and Vulnerability Unit (VVU). As Programme Director, he leads a national team of gang and community safety experts who undertake locality support work across the UK, on behalf of the Home Office and MOPAC. (Mayor’s Office Policing and Crime) The Unit has delivered to date, over 50 locality and strategic framework reviews – supporting areas throughout England and Wales who are challenged by gangs and county lines. The VVU has recently published a national summary of the work and findings from it’s last two years of work.