Tom McNeil – Strategic Adviser to the Police Crime Commissioner
Tom is the Strategic Adviser to the PCC advising on a broad range of areas including data ethics, public sector reform and devolution strategy.
After starting his career as a commercial lawyer he later became a charity law specialist advising leading charities, social enterprises, trade unions and public bodies on a significant variety of legal issues.
Other experiences include being a governor for an autism specialist school, serving as a Special Constable for the Metropolitan Police, sitting as a non-executive director for a human rights organisation, volunteering for a number of years for the children’s charity Barnardo’s and gaining political experience by standing as a parliamentary candidate in two general elections in the West Midlands.
Tom has also recently been appointed as a trustee for the National Union of Students and Chair of its Group Audit & Risk Committee.
Tom is passionate about policies aimed at preventing crime through the power of education and tackling poverty.
Ben Twomey – Head of Policy and Research for NYAS (the National Youth Advocacy Service)
NYAS (the National Youth Advocacy Service) is a leading children’s rights charity specialising in empowering care-experienced young people to have their voices heard.
Ben designs NYAS’ policies, drives their campaigns, conducts research and evaluations, and is responsible for influencing politicians and decision-makers across England and Wales.
Ben previously worked for three Police and Crime Commissioners, where his policies have been praised by Government Ministers, Cross-Party Parliamentary Groups, national treatment agencies and senior police officers.
He has also led on a diverse range of policy areas including youth engagement, homelessness, stop and search, substance misuse, organised crime and unauthorised encampments.
When he was 22 years old, Ben also became the youngest candidate ever in the country to stand in a Police and Crime Commissioner election, where he emphasised that no child is born a criminal and that early support is crucial to keeping young people on the right path.