London Regional Prevent Coordinator,
Paul McCann has over 25 years’ experience of working within a community safety, crime reduction and counter terrorism milieu, spanning a diverse range of police, central and local government portfolios. He pioneered the original national Channel pilot project in the London Borough of Lambeth in 2007, creating the first multi-disciplined panel of its kind nationally to mitigate the risks around individuals who are assessed as being vulnerable to violent extremism. Paul was seconded for 5 years as policy lead to the National Counter Terrorism Police HQ from 2010, with responsibility for supporting the 43 police forces to mainstream the Channel programme. He also collaborated with the Home Office in the development of relevant key policy areas including Channel and the wider Prevent Duty. Paul was awarded a national commendation for his services to Prevent by Sir Peter Fahey in June 2015. He is currently working for NHS England as Prevent Regional Coordinator for London with strategic responsibility for policy development and the mainstreaming of Prevent across the wider health economy.