Meet the Directors

The Safer London Business Partnership is controlled by a Board of Directors supported by representatives of the Metropolitan Police Service and the local authoity, none of whom are remunerated for their roles either by salary or distribution of profits. Any surplus income remains in the parent company and is used solely to promote the aims and objectives of the Company and the local Partnerships 

Board of Directors

Jonathan Glanz (Chairman)

Jonathan is Councillor for the West End Ward including Soho. He was elected in 2009 and is now Chairman of the Audit and Performance Committee and lead member for Broadband and Connectivity at Westminster. Jonathan was formerly Cabinet Member for Housing and Property, advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and sat on the MOPAC Challenge Board.

He attends meetings of the SNTs which cover various parts of the West End Ward as well as other Westminster Police groups and the Met’s Business Crime Change Board. He chairs the two Crossrail Community Liaison Groups and various further community liaison groups, whilst also being the main liaison for Pride at Westminster Council.

Jonathan lives and works in the West End and, whilst a lawyer by training, now runs a property business.


Christine Yau

Christine dedicates most of her time to community developments and supports charity works. She is the Chairman for the Chinese Community Centre in Chinatown, the first charity established 36 years ago to help the local community.

Christine is also the Chairman for Chinese Arts Space, supporting and promoting the local East Asian Artists and arts, the 1st Vice President of LCCA (London Chinatown Chinese Association) in Chinatown, the Vice Chairman of Soho Society and Vice Chairman of an Independent Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police.

Simon Quayle

Simon is a Director of Shaftesbury PLC which is a major property owner in the West End, with extensive holdings in and around Carnaby, Soho, Chinatown and Covent Garden.

Simon is a Council Member of Westminster Property Association (WPA) and a Trustee of the Development Board of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Ken White

Ken has been a resident in Brewer Street, Soho for the past 14 years. He retired from the Metropolitan Police in 2003 after 30 years service, the last 13 years of which was spent at West End Central police station in Savile Row, covering Soho, Mayfair and St. James.

Ken is the Chairman of the Soho Safer Neighbourhood Panel, a board member of the Soho Housing Association and is also a member of the Soho Action Plan Steering Group and Soho Green, a local registered charity.

John James

John joined Soho Estates, the property company founded by Paul Raymond, in 1986 and was appointed Head of Estates in 1989. He was appointed Director in 1990 and became the Managing Director in 2010.

John is involved in a number of community groups; he is a member of the Board for The Heart of London Business Alliance and The Soho Neighbourhood Forum.

Stuart Turner

Stuart Turner has held a range of senior appointments in venue and event management over the past 15 years at venues including the National Theatre on London’s South Bank, and at the Farnborough International Air show where he headed up the Safety, Security and Emergency Management team responsible for 286,000 visitors in a week.

Currently Stuart is Manager of Heaven Nightclub and Live Music Venue one of the largest capacity licensed premises in London. His particular interests and specialities are in venue Health & Safety, Security, Licensing and Crime Reduction. He is Chairman of the Strand and Whitehall Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel and a pro-active member of several committees looking at community policing and crime and disorder across Westminster. Stuart is a Member of the Board of Management at the Safer WestEnd Partnership.

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a Westminster Councillor for St James’s Ward which includes many of London's iconic sites. He has served on the City Council since 1998 and sits on a range of Council committees including Planning and Licensing. He is the Council's Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services.

Seven police teams cover various parts of St James’s ward and Tim attends many of their resident/business panel meetings. Tim also is a member of many other community liaison groups across St James’s ward including Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Chinatown, historic St James's, and the Victoria Street area.

Simon Letchford

Simon served in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) from 1986 to 2016 rising to the rank of Commander.  During this time, he held a number of posts as both a Uniform and Detective officer including Territorial Policing; Crime Investigation; Counter Terrorism and Anti-Corruption.  

Simon was Borough Commander of Newham between 2009-2012.  As host Borough for the 2012 Olympics he was responsible for overseeing significant crime reductions to ensure that Newham was a safe environment for all those attending this Global event. 

In 2013 he was promoted to Commander and took Command of Territorial Policing in South London one of the most challenging policing areas in Britain. During this time as well as being the MPS lead for business crime, licensing, evidence-based policing and crime prevention, Simon was the National Police Lead for Alcohol and Harm Reduction. As a Commander in the MPS Simon has been instrumental in developing the London Business Crime Strategy and introducing an evidence based approach to policing including predictive crime mapping and innovative crime reduction strategies. 

Simon remains committed to improving multi-agency working, innovation and an evidenced based approach to crime reduction.

Associate Board Members

Commander Alison Newcomb

Commander Alison Newcomb has 25 years service as a police officer. She has served in three Eastern Region police forces - Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. She has performed a number of operational and strategic roles, including CID, major investigations, firearms and public order.

Prior to joining the Metropolitan police, Commander Newcomb was the BCU Commander for East Essex (Colchester and Tendering), there she led the force efficiency programme. This delivered a significant increase in front line resources. Commander Newcomb joined the Metropolitan police in July 2012, she was initially posted as South West area commander and moved to Westminster in November. 

Roy Smith

Roy is currently a Superintendent working within Territorial Policing Capability & Business Support OCU where amongst other things he is the MPS lead for business crime, crime prevention, licensing and partnerships. 

Starting his career in Westminster Roy was responsible for delivering a range of business crime initiatives at a tactical level and oversaw the development of the first Business Crime Reduction Partnership for the vibrant Soho district of central London. In addition he project managed on behalf of the MPS a multi-agency regeneration project making improvements to the built environment, public realm and crime & disorder reduction leading to substantial improvements in public confidence and satisfaction.

Leaving to run a proactive drugs enforcement team in West London and having been deployed as a Public Order PSU Commander during the August riots of 2011, Roy then became head of the new MPS Business Crime Unit providing the Met’s first dedicated team of officers dedicated to business crime, partnership & engagement and crime prevention across London. This includes senior level stakeholder engagement with the business community, local & national government and partner agencies.

He was promoted in 2013 to Chief Inspector and posted to Lambeth borough, described by HMIC as “the most challenging policing environment in Western Europe”. There he was responsible for neighborhood policing & counter terrorism. As a qualified CADRE public order commander Roy has been responsible for policing a range of events across London including the Scumoween event in 2015 described as the most serious disorder in London since 2011. He left Lambeth on promotion to Superintendent in October 2016 moving to a Headquarters role. 

Selected in 2010 to attend the Bramshill Police Staff College as part of the national High Potential Development Scheme he has undertaken a post-graduate diploma in police leadership at Warwick Business School. Roy also represents the MPS as an associate director on the advisory board for the Safer London Business Partnership, is a member of the executive board for the Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications hub (CSSC) and sits as a permanent member of the London Strategic Business Crime Forum. 


Tony Mernagh Safer London Company Secretary

Tony Mernagh is the Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Business Forum which administers the city’s multi-award winning Business Crime Reduction Partnership [the largest in the UK by membership] and established the city centre Business Improvement District

He has held this position since 1999 and has had extensive experience of representing the local business community on a wide variety of bodies including Brighton & Hove’s Strategic Partnership, the Strategic Housing Partnership, the Public Service Board and the Employment & Skills Steering Group.

Before this role he was a retailer for 15 years with 5 shops in Brighton and Oxford. Before that he was the Head of Upper School at the British Academy in El Salvador in Central America during the civil war years between 1980 and 1985. 

He is married with one daughter and he lives in Hove.