VRU Director, Lib Peck

Lib Peck appointed to lead London’s new Violence Reduction Unit

14 January 2019

The Mayor has announced that Lib Peck, the London Councils Executive Member for Crime and Public Protection (leading London boroughs' cross-party work to keep Londoners safe) and current leader of Lambeth Council has been appointed to lead London’s new Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).

Set up last year, the Violence Reduction Unit is bringing together specialists in health, police, local government, probation and community organisations to learn from and apply the successful public health approach used in Glasgow and elsewhere to tackle violent crime and the underlying causes of violent crime. Lib Peck will step down from Lambeth Council and join the VRU in a full-time role and will be responsible for leading and directing the VRU including:

  • Development of a long-term partnership strategy to tackle violence across the capital, and
  • Making sure that communities and young people are properly represented and consulted.

Violence reduction has been a core part of Lib’s career to date across Lambeth and in the third sector. Lib has been the leader of Lambeth Council since 2012 where she focussed on addressing domestic violence and supported the adoption of a public health approach to violence reduction in the borough in March 2018.

The Mayor said: “I am delighted that Lib has been appointed as the director of the new London Violence Reduction Unit and I know she will bring valuable leadership and expertise, building on her huge experience of working with London boroughs, community groups and partner organisations across London.”