Meet the Board

Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew (Chair)

Sarah Crew became Chair of the Trustees of The Wheels Project in 2015. Sarah joined Avon and Somerset Constabulary in September 1994. Originally posted to Broadbury Road Police Station in South Bristol, Sarah performed various roles in uniform and CID within Bristol until her promotion to Detective Chief Inspector in 2004.

As a Detective Chief Inspector and then as a Detective Superintendent in charge of Bristol CID, Sarah led several large investigations and change initiatives within Bristol including the introduction of Operation Beacon, a task force focused on reducing the impact of drug supply within the city’s communities. In 2011 Sarah was appointed the commander of the South Gloucestershire policing area and in 2013 led a major change programme to design and implement a new operating model for the Constabulary.

Sarah was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in June 2017. She is also Chair of the Avon & Somerset Local Residence Forum and Anti-Slavery Partnership.

David Smithen (Secretary)

David is a Partner with TLT in Bristol where he advises on development agreements of all types, from strategic site acquisition through to the development phase.  He has led on major urban regeneration, joint-venture and development projects, working closely with TLT's specialist planning, tax and construction teams.  He joined the Board of The Wheels Project in 2013 and became Secretary in July upon the resignation of Nick Pritchard who had been Wheels' Secretary since its inception.

John Kane

Since 1992 John has been a magistrate on the North Somerset Bench with a particular interest in youth crime, hence his involvement with The Wheels Project.  John has contributed to the Project with his shrewd business acumen and insightful personnel management skills.  He is married with three children and was an RAF Squadron Leader for 23 years until his retirement in 1987 after which he was a nursing home proprietor for many years.

Rachael Wheatley

Rachael is a Director of Bluegreen Learning in Bristol, a company which provides training, development and coaching in leadership, innovation and business development.  Her career has been in marketing and business development, working for companies and heading up their marketing teams before setting up her own business in 2009.  She joined the Board of The Wheels Project in 2015.

Keith Rundle

Keith is developing a Business Improvement District for Bristol's city centre. This would bring around 900 businesses and organisations together investing £6m over 5 years in marketing improving and managing Bristol's central area. Keith was previously working in Neighbourhood Policing in the city centre with particular specialisation in Licensing and problem solving. Keith joined the Wheels Project Board in late 2015.

Nick Adams

Upon graduation from University in 2001, Nick joined PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  Joining Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 2008, Nick has been the Head of Finance for this organisation during a period of unprecedented financial change.  He is married to a secondary school teacher and has a young family who occupy much of his spare time.  Nick joined the Board of The Wheels Project in 2013.

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