University of Salford Professor appointed as Trustee at NCB

Categories: School of Health and Society

Professor Neal Hazel, Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Salford has been appointed to the prestigious role of Trustee at the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

Neal Hazel portrait

Neal, who has taught at the University of Salford for 20 years, has been a member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales since 2018. With three decades of experience in research which has informed policymaking, Neal specialises in youth justice, inclusion, and family support.

He is currently leading the first Britain-wide survey of children’s experiences of online and offline crime, in association with the Nuffield Foundation.

NCB’s Chief Executive Officer Anna Feuchtwang said: “We are excited about Professor Hazel’s appointment as his expertise will help us continue to grow our impact for children experiencing crime, following the projects on youth diversion and trauma-informed training which we've recently announced.”

Professor Hazel said: “For more than sixty years the National Children’s Bureau has been making a difference to the lives of young people. I’m delighted to be able to help steer its future development, including its growing focus on supporting children who are experiencing crime. 

“NCB’s important role in both influencing policy and improving practice is perfectly aligned to my professional commitment to ensuring that government decisions are based on evidence of what works.”

Deputy Dean of the School of Health & Society Vicky Halliwell commented: “This is great news for Neal, and great recognition of his work in the field. It also highlights the wealth of talent and expertise we have in the School of Health & Society amongst all our experts. Congratulations.”

Joining him as new Trustees at NCB are Steve Crocker (formerly Director of Children’s Services for Hampshire and Isle of Wight); Marjorie James, FCIPD an HR Director; and Sarbjit Rana who is a Chartered Accountant.

Commenting on the new appointment Alison O’Sullivan, Chair of the NCB Board of Trustees said:

“The extremely high level of interest in joining the Board reflects the exciting times at NCB as we further grow our impact and profile. I was hugely impressed with all four of our new Trustees and I’m confident they will make a great contribution as we continue this journey, bringing an outstanding set of skills and experience covering everything from accounting to youth justice.”

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