Regional Further Education (FE) / Higher Education (HE) Prevent Co-ordinators play a key role in the delivery of Prevent, providing FE and HE providers with support to build resilience against the dangers of radicalisation.
They do this through strategic engagement with senior leaders and through the provision of advice, support and training (including WRAP - Workshops to Raise Awareness of Prevent) to staff in universities, colleges, independent HE providers, apprenticeship providers, employer based learning providers and other forms of FE and HE. They also facilitate coordination between stakeholders involved with the delivery of Prevent in the FE and HE sectors as well as wider Prevent partners to ensure there is a full and robust understanding of the regional threat and risk picture as it relates to FE and HE.
Their role might include, for example: briefings to vice-chancellors, principals and governors; delivering training; engaging with students; assisting with institutional policies; attending compliance working groups and providing advice and guidance in support of referrals and external speaker requests. Coordinators act as the conduit between FE and HE providers and other stakeholders, including Local Authorities, Ofsted, Office for Students, the Police, Home Office and Department for Education.
The network is overseen by Chris Rowell, as Head, FE/HE Regional Delivery Network (Prevent and Counter Extremism)
CHRIS rowell /CHRIS.rowell@EDUCATION.GOV.UK / 07384 872518
Prior to heading the network, Chris worked as London HE/FE Prevent Coordinator since October 2018. Before that role, Chris worked as part of the HE Prevent monitoring team at the Office for Students (and before that HEFCE) since 2015 when Prevent became a statutory duty on the sector. Chris also spent a brief period of time in 2017 seconded to the Department for Education Prevent and Counter-Extremism policy team. Before his various Prevent related roles, Chris held other roles in HEFCE and in government departments, including the Home Office where he made decisions on claims for asylum and humanitarian protection.
The contact details for the Prevent Co-ordinators can be found below.
North East and Yorkshire:
Chris Sybenga /firstname.lastname@example.org / 07384 456640
Chris is an experienced leader with accomplished decision-making skills honed throughout a thirty-year career as a Detective within law enforcement. Christopher retired from Northumbria Police as Head of Special Branch gaining experience in all aspects of the Governments Contest Strategy and in particular Prevent. The North East region spans seven police regions from the borders to Sheffield covering some 10624 square miles with a population of over 10 million residents. The area currently has 19 higher education establishments and 237 FE colleges/independent learning providers.
Nigel Lund / email@example.com / 07384 452146
Before being a FE-HE coordinator, Nigel was a police officer with Lancashire Constabulary for 33 years, when he received numerous awards, including the Community Police Officer of the Year award, and commendations for consistently good police work and setting up multi-agency partnership teams, projects and initiatives which received both national and international recognition. In the latter part of his police career, Nigel worked as a Sergeant in the Counter Terrorism Branch, when he provided support to a number of vulnerable individuals who were at risk of being radicalised and becoming terrorists, successfully preventing them from getting involved by guiding them down a different path.
Hifsa Haroon Iqbal /Hifsa.firstname.lastname@example.org / 07785 654148
Hifsa previously worked at Staffordshire University, where she completed her Masters in Philosophy before taking up the role of Equality and Diversity Officer and then Stakeholder Engagement Manager. Hifsa is a Trustee of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, a Trustee of Nisa-Nashim, a founding member of the Armed Forces Muslim Forum and a member of the Association of British Muslims. She has engaged extensively with the further and higher education sector since taking up this role in 2013 and has a particular interest around welfare and pastoral care of students on campus. She speaks regularly at national conferences and has made a number of media appearances speaking out about Prevent. In 2011 Hifsa was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire and received an MBE in her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours List for services to community cohesion.
Sam Slack / email@example.com / 07384 452156
Since 2013, Sam has worked closely with a huge range of organisations across the HE/FE sectors predominantly in the East Midlands and also the North East (2015 to 2017) supporting them to implement the Prevent Duty. Sam’s work has in particular focussed on issues connected to free speech and external speakers at universities, as well as the challenges faced across the work based learning sector to embed the Prevent Duty. Sam has completed terrorism studies with Universities of Leiden, Maryland, Tel Aviv and Derby. He is qualified to the highest level as a Safeguarding Lead. Prior to this Sam enjoyed a successful career in the Police as Senior Detective, firearms officer & commander and completed the national Police Senior Leadership Programme. He was Chair of a rape crisis charity for 4 years until 2017 and remains a Trustee and active supporter.
Dave Layton-Scott (East) - firstname.lastname@example.org / 07384 452155
Dave has been in post covering the East of England since Sept 2017, and during that time he has been working at establishing links with both Further and Higher education providers in the region. As part of this work Dave has set up county wide forums at which delegates from FE/HE can discuss concerns and share good practice whilst receiving both a national and local Prevent update.
Salam Arabi-Katbi / email@example.com / 07824 083307
Salam has held the post of the South West Prevent Regional Co-ordinator for Further Education and Higher Education since 2013. Salam has a BA in English Literature and History from Damascus University and a Masters with Distinction in International Relations; Global Security and Development from the University of Plymouth. Salam also completed a course at Kings College; 'The Issue of Radicalisation in Countering Terrorism', securing the mark of Distinction. This academic background has allowed Salam to develop an extensive knowledge of the threat of terrorism and the CONTEST strategy. Salam is a Syrian Muslim and possesses a deep understanding of the Islamic faith and culture which provides a unique perspective to her Prevent role.
Alamgir Sheriyar / firstname.lastname@example.org / 07468 714372
Alamgir has occupied a number of posts around Prevent including in local delivery whilst working for the Government Offices for the South East, developing and delivering safeguarding products like ‘Zak’ and ‘Behind Closed Door’ for the University of Kent and working as a Prevent Engagement Officer for Kent Police. Prior to working in Prevent, Alamgir worked as a professional cricketer for 17 years and is still actively involved in developing County cricketers for the future.
Jake Butterworth / email@example.com / 07795 454722
Jake is the FE/HE Prevent Regional Prevent Coordinator for London, an area which has an extensive number of FE and HE Providers. Jake previously worked as a Prevent Manager for three-and-a-half years in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where he predominantly led on the Prevent education work and projects across the two boroughs. He created the London Prevent Education Officer Network which he chaired for two years. In 2018 he was seconded to Public Safety Canada in Ottawa to feed into the development of their counter-radicalisation strategy and bring learning back to the UK. Before Prevent, Jake worked in community engagement for a local authority. Jake is also a governor of a primary school in North Kensington.