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Advisory Board

Chief Superintendent Steve Wallace – MET Police
Chair of the Advisory Board
Steve has been in policing for 28 years. He has worked in three varied forces mainly in frontline leadership roles, most recently as Merton Borough Commander. He also had a national role with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary inspecting forces.

He has always sought out challenging roles and taken great pride managing high achieving and motivated teams, and problem solving in effective and collaborative partnerships. He has attended several PI Bootcamps, and is passionate about supporting and diverting young people away from crime and vulnerable lifestyles, helping them to reach their true potential.

Natalia Greene
Deputy Chair
Natalia is a policing and security consultant who has worked for a range of government clients and police forces on key strategic programmes created to help tackle new and emerging challenges in the sector. She is an international consultant, currently working on the rights of women.Natalia previously served for two years as an officer in the Metropolitan Police Service, where she was introduced to PI while completing a secondment to Merton Borough Council.

Natalia is a huge advocate for trauma-informed education. She believes that Merrywood’s innovative approach provides a thorough support system for children with therapeutic needs.

Dr Yen Lam
Lead Health & Safety Advisor
Dr Lam is a trained surgeon who spent many years in the profession before changing directions to become a GP. She currently works as a GP locally in Wallington and is also a successful local business owner.

Dr Lam is a strong advocate of how much the sciences are woven into our curriculum model and believes it will provide ample opportunity for practical scientific learning for our children.

Roger Easthope OBE
School Lead
Roger Easthope has worked as a class teacher in London primary schools for over 20 years and then as a Deputy and Headteacher until retiring in 2013. As a headteacher he led his school through 3Ofsted inspections with outstanding judgements and when the school was awarded ‘Beacon’ status, supported and provided training days for other schools in the local area. As a local leader, he mentored headteachers through the London Challenge programme and in 2014 he was awarded the OBE for services to education.

After retiring, he worked as an Ofsted Inspector from 2014 to 2018 and an external adviser for Kingston University monitoring and reporting on their teacher training programmes. Outside school he is very passionate about football and has coached and managed District and County football teams for over 40 years and serves as aVice President for Surrey Schools FA.

Dr Ursula Weekes
Lead Curriculum Advisor
Ursula is an art historian, who has extensive experience in teaching in schools and universities, including currently at the Courtauld Institute of Art (London University) and at Guildford High School. She is passionate about the arts, and believes the children at Merrywood will benefit greatly from a unique educational setting. Ursula is also an experienced governor, having served as Community Governor in a Merton primary school.
Former Detective Superintendent Guy Collins
Lead Safeguarding Advisor

Guy is a Former Detective Superintendent within the Metropolitan Police nearing 30 years’ service. Currently working in the MPS Intelligence Command, he possesses a wealth of safeguarding and other investigatory experience having served as a detective at every rank.

 

He is an accredited Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) in respect of homicide and kidnap and has successfully investigated numerous such offences. Guy has been seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary where he conducted peer reviews of force Public Protection Units and to the Child Exploitation and On Line Protection Centre (CEOP) where he ran the sex offender behavioural analysis unit and was the principal SIO for CEOP’s investigations into UK individuals sexually offending against children overseas. At CEOP Guy co-authored two published academic articles around the vulnerability of children to online grooming. He returned to the Metropolitan Police where he established the safeguarding strand across 4 diverse Boroughs across South West London incorporating child abuse, sexual assault investigation, domestic abuse and the management of sex offenders in the community. He sat on each LSCB and was instrumental in devising the plans that led to the formation of the new Child Safeguarding Partnerships.

Guy continues to be an expert advisor to Operation Hydrant, the co-ordination hub established in June 2014 to deliver the national policing response to and oversight, and coordination of, non-recent child sexual abuse investigations concerning persons of public prominence, or in relation to those offences which took place within institutional settings and is also the MPS Lead Responsible Officer in respect of sex work and prostitution.