Patrons: High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex  



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David Huse OBE was first appointed Chair of the Neighbourhood Watch Network in November 2017 and re-elected in August 2018.

“We all want to  build on the proven success Neighbourhood Watch has had in lowering crime and develop a wider new vision that reflects the changing face of crime in Britain today.  Our aim is to make our movement even more relevant in modern Britain and to support our members to help address those new and emerging issues.”

David Huse was the former head of the London Ambassador Volunteer Programme for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Since graduating from university in 1983, David has held senior management positions in the private, public and charity sectors and worked in the UK, India and Poland.

He has been responsible for the design and delivery of major UK programmes including the Mayor of London’s volunteers for the London Olympics and the 200th Anniversary commemorations for the Battle of Waterloo. David started his career at Procter and Gamble as Sales and Marketing Director. He moved to Heinz as Sales Director before leading the London Ambassador Volunteer Programme for the Mayor.

In 2015 he was CEO of Waterloo200 – the charity set up to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. He also currently works with UNICEF and Deloitte on various projects.

In 2014, David was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary and community sector in the UK.

Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation

Polegate Neighbourhood Watch Association is part of Sussex Federation

John Wright MBE – Chair

The Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, set up in 1995 with the full support of Sussex Police, support which continues today and is endorsed by the Police & Crime Commissioner, acts as a forum, co-ordinates resources, provides advice, support and help to its members and helps to share best effective practice, as well as seeking to raise the profile of Neighbourhood Watch. We regularly interact with Sussex Police and the Police & Crime Commissioner, and enjoy their respect. We represent the views of our members to the national Neighbourhood Watch Network across England and Wales.

We co-ordinate and assist with county-wide projects such as Junior Neighbourhood Watch, Community Resilience and fighting frauds including scams and cybercrime. We provide approved street signs to member Associations and where possible to new schemes, and promote the centrally-arranged Public Liability insurance and window stickers which are available free of charge to recognised schemes.

The Federation also partners Sussex Police and Action Fraud by helping to maintain the database of the Neighbourhood Alert messaging system used across Sussex. Whilst we offer our own free messaging service, which anybody can join, Sussex Police offer a parallel service called “In the know”. In most cases people who subscribe to one service usually also become part of the other.

The Federation also interacts and has a good working relationship with our counterparts in the police force areas of Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and Thames Valley. Thames Valley includes the counties of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. This relationship acts as a partnership forum and communications conduit across the South East, and between us and the Neighbourhood Watch Network, operating in much the same way as the Sussex Federation but across a broader geographical area. Through good teamwork we can achieve more together.

We are a Registered Charity No. 1059756. Our Patrons are the High Sheriffs of East Sussex and West Sussex.

Derek Pratt – Trustee & Secretary of NWN Board of Trustees

Deputy Chair Sussex Neighbourhood  Watch Federation

Derek has a wealth of Neighbourhood Watch experience, having been involved at local, regional and national level as both a member and Trustee, previously holding the role of Secretary, supported by his internationally recognised professional qualification as Chartered Secretary, recognised by the Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS).

He has worked closely with the central staff team and board over the years to redevelop the structure of national to ensure that the voice of the membership is always heard and remains a pivotal advisory member for specialist areas such a Junior Neighbourhood Watch, digital engagement, governance (transferring NHWN to CIO status) and membership Public Liability Insurance, drawing on his previous professional experience as a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.

Derek remains passionate about Neighbourhood Watch and is keen for NWN to adopt a solution-based approach that facilitates the development and growth of a modern crime prevention organisation, accessible to all, advocating on behalf of local communities.

Click here to view the Sussex NHW Federation Constitution.

Click here to view the Sussex Memorandum of Understanding.