Hello. My name is Matt Knowles and I am joining the URC family as the Safeguarding Advisor for the Northern and Yorkshire Synods.
I have recently retired from the Police force after being an officer for 29 years latterly working as an Inspector at Elland Road Police Station in Leeds in roles managing threat, harm and risk to the District and also as a Safeguarding lead overseeing incidents involving both the most vulnerable adults and children within our society.
I have a wide range of experience, working with both victims and offenders of abuse and have formed extensive partnership practices with both public sector and third party agencies.
I look forward to bringing my experiences into my new role within the Northern and Yorkshire Synods as Safeguarding Advisor and in working together with you all in making our churches safe places for all to proclaim the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and deed.