RBKC Safer Neighbourhood Board Chair Recruitment 2023

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) is searching for a new Chair!

SNB is the primary borough-level mechanism for local engagement on policing and community safety across Kensington and Chelsea. The Board has a number of functions which include funding community engagement projects and establishing local policing and crime priorities as well as monitoring police performance and confidence. 

The role and purpose of Safe Neighbourhood Boards

Safer Neighbourhood Boards are the primary borough-level mechanism for local engagement and as such has five key aims:

1. To ensure communities are more closely involved in problem solving and crime prevention;
2. To have a broad remit to reflect MOPAC’s (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) broader responsibilities, while respecting the view that local people know best what is needed at the local level;
3. To have greater reach and ensure a more frequent refresh of ideas and views;
4. To achieve greater coherence between different engagement mechanisms, e.g. ward panels, Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs), Neighbourhood Watch and Community Monitoring Groups covering Stop & Search and the Met’s Emergency Response, so as to provide greater public accountability in policing and crime reduction;
5. To make more efficient use of resources to deliver value for money and target funds at tackling issues of local concern and crime prevention.

Being the Chair

The Chair will oversee all of the Safer Neighbourhood Board and public meetings, chairing meetings and ensures actions from all of the meetings are carried out.  Being the Chair of the Safer Neighbourhood Board will also provide you with the opportunity to work with local agencies that are active in helping to set local priorities.

Learn more about the role here!

If you have skills in the areas identified below then this will bring additional value to the role of Chair of the SNB, these are: 

  • Broad knowledge/understanding of local issues which can lead to tension within the community.
  • Able to articulate issues/concerns clearly on behalf of local residents with the Met’s Basic Command Unit (BCU), local police and the council.
  • Ability to bring people together to formulate ideas/proposals on working with the police and the council to address and improve areas of local concern.

In recruiting for a new Chair, RBKC equally recognise that you may not have all skills or knowledge specifically related to these areas but you will have knowledge and insights gained from other experiences. 

RBKC are keen to ensure that they have a Chair that has a diverse perspective, with an understanding of local issues that impact the lives of residents.  If you are interested in being the Chair and would like to share your perspective to help the Safer Neighbourhood Board to thrive, then they would like to hear from you.

How to apply

If you would like to know more, RBKC would be pleased to have an informal conversation over the phone or in person with you before applying.  Please contact Kim Howell (the current chair of the SNB) at email hidden; JavaScript is required before Friday 18 August.

To apply please send a letter no more than one side of A4 covering the specific points below:

  • Your work and volunteering background (if you have a CV you can send this instead)
  • What appeals to you about getting involved in the work of the Safer Neighbourhood Board
  • What experience (paid, unpaid and lived) and skills could you bring as Chair.
KCSC acts as the Secretariat for the Safer Neighbourhood Board, therefore please send  your response to Zina Serageldin, KCSC at email hidden; JavaScript is required
Closing Date: Friday 8 September 2023