The Neighbourhood Watch board members and staff who represent the Neighbourhood Watch and Neigbourhood Support organisations of Australia and New Zealand. 

Bernie Durkin – President, Western Australia

Bernie is the Executive Manager for the Community Engagement Division of the Western Australia Police. Part of this role encompasses the position of WA State Director for NHW.

In 1988 Bernie joined WA Police as a sworn Police Officer then switching to a Public Servant in 2008.

In his current role Bernie manages a team of crime prevention community engagement staff and is extensively involved with NHW at both a State and National level. Bernie is currently the President of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

Clare McGrath- Vice President, ACT

Clare is currently the Vice-President and Board Member of the ACT Neighbourhood Watch Association. Clare has been an active member of NHW since 1985, primarily in the Ainslie Suburb of Canberra where she has lived since 1962 after moving from Melbourne.

Clare is employed with the Australian Electoral Commission and this is a busy role. Clare is a self-professed sports lover and a one eyed Hawthorn supporter.

Margaret Pearson – Secretary/Treasurer

Throughout Margaret’s career she has made a significant contribution to the voluntary sector by being involved with numerous community organizations including ACT Neighbourhood Watch Association Inc. where she held a number of positions within that organisation currently as President.

Having lived overseas for a number of years Margaret returned, with her family, to Canberra where she continues to follow her great interest in local and international politics. Margaret is currently the secretary/treasurer of NWA

Ingrid Stonhill – Chief Executive Officer

Ingrid has extensive experience in local government, federal government and non-government agencies, predominantly focused on community development, crime prevention and community engagement – within the voluntary policing and government sectors.

Ingrid has been an elected local body politician, an advisor to a senior Member of Parliament, run her own Public Relations and Marketing business and spent 2 years as a volunteer in the Pacific Islands. Ingrid brings to NHWA an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the organisation as a founding member and administrator of the board Ingrid was the inaugural National Manager of Neighbourhood Support New Zealand prior to immigrating to Australia.

Brad Shepherd New South Wales

Chief Superintendent Brad Shepherd joined NSW Police Force in 1980. He currently serves as the Commander of Operational Programs and is the Corporate Sponsor for Crime Prevention and Chair of the Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency Crime Prevention Senior Officers Group. A 33 year career in law enforcement has spanned several roles including General Duties, Radio Technical, Covert Technical Surveillance.

Staff Officer, Counter Terrorism, Operational Communications and Local Area Commander. Brad holds a Bachelor of Business (BBus) and a Master of Business Management (MBA).

David Cowan – Victoria

Superintendent Dave Cowan has been with Victoria Police for 26 years and currently manages the Community Safety Division within the Corporate Strategy and Operational Improvement Department. The Division comprises of the Drug and Alcohol StrategyUnit, the Victims Advisory Unit. the Safer Communities Unit, Diversion Alignment Project and the newly formed Policing Innovation and Research Unit.

Dave has lead a range of organisational-wide reviews including counter terrorism; persons in police custody; family violence; and volume crime scene services in Victoria Police. Dave recently lead the development of the Victoria Police Corporate Plan 2016- 2018 which shapes the future direction of the organisation aligned to the Blue Paper.

Dave has a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership and in 2013 was awarded the Australian Institute of Police Management, Australasian Policing Scholarship where he undertook studies at the John F Kennedy Harvard School of Government.

Sharleen Stirling – New Zealand

Sharleen Stirling is currently the Chair of Neighbourhood Support New Zealand and believes it is a fabulous opportunity for their organisation to be able to connect with NHWA She also looks forward to developing the relationship and the sharing of knowledge.

Sharleen has a background in education and working with young people and their families, helping them to grow and develop strengths that will support them through the challenges of life’s journey.

Sharleen has had the privilege of founding Project Adapt. a service that supports families who have a young person in their care with a disability. She co-owns a coaching and facilitation business supporting individuals, groups and businesses to evaluate their strategic plans and intentionally start making them come to life.

Sharleen values being actively involved in the community in which she lives.

Les Bulluss – Queensland

Les joined the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in June 2000 after 13 years with the New South Wales Police. He has performed General Duties, Licensing, Water Police and Officer in Charge roles in New South Wales and Queensland.

In 2008 Les was promoted to Senior Sergeant. Officer in Charge, Thursday Island; the only police division in Australia with an international border. In 2010 Les was awarded a Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to Canada and USA to research ‘Culturally Appropriate Indigenous Community Policing Models’. Following the fellowship, Les made several recommendations to the OPS which were adopted into remote community policing models.

In 2011 Les was promoted to Inspector and in 2013 was appointed to his current role as Manager, Community Programs and Engagement. Community Contact Command.

Les’ portfolio includes the Crime Prevention, Cultural Support, Crime Stoppers, Victims Assist, Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, and Queensland Police Museum Units.

Les has a Graduate Diploma in Management from Central Queensland University and Graduate Certificate in Applied Management (Policing and Emergency Services) from Australian Institute of Police Management

Virginia Read – Northern Territory

Superintendent Virginia Read has recently been transferred to the Northern Operations Division which encompasses Community Safety and Engagement for the Northern Territory Police Force.  A police officer in the Northern Territory for thirty years, Virginia has served in a number of locations, her most recent move was from Alice Springs where she was stationed for the last three years.

With a long-term commitment to the Northern Territory, her new role provides the opportunity for Virginia to further promote community collaboration to address crime and antisocial behaviour issues.

Officer in Charge Jeff Knight – ACT Station Sergeant

Jeff Knight joined the Australian Federal Police in 1986, and currently serves as the Officer In Charge of Community Safety within ACT Policing. Throughout his career he has served in many areas including General Duties, Traffic Operations and Diversionary Conferencing Team, prior to being promoted to Station Sergeant in 2003.

Since that time Jeff has served as the Officer In Charge of most ACT Police Stations, prior to his appointment to Community Safety. He is proud to have been able to serve in a Community Policing role for the most part of his career and enjoys working with people at the grass roots level.

Jeff is keen to maintain the good relationship that ACT Policing has with the ACT Neighbourhood Watch, and is looking forward to his appointment as a Board Member of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

Elaine Boyd – Executive Assistant

Elaine has extensive experience gained over 30 years working in administration and customer service with both large corporations and small businesses.

Elaine has held a variety of positions across a diverse range of industries including finance, retail, tourism, and construction.

Elaine has a Cert IV in Financial Services, a certificate in Administration along with awards in Customer Service. She is currently undertaking an online course in nutrition for her own awareness.

In her leisure time she is an avid runner, cyclist & enjoys working out at her local gym.

Angela Moore – Project Administrator

Angela established her own bookkeeping business, Moore Bookkeeping, in January 2013 after completing a Diploma of Accounting in 2012.

Since 2009, Angela has undertaken the bookkeeping for her own business she owns with her husband and has a vast array of experience with many other businesses on the Sunshine Coast.

Angela is a BAS Registered agent, Institute of Certified Bookkeepers Member in Practice and a Xero Certified Advisor who is passionate about the bookkeeping industry.

Ursula Macdermott – Public Officer, ACT

Ursula has been a community volunteer with NHWA since its inception in 2006. Based in the ACT, Ursula has served as a public officer since 2008.