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Lewis Basford

Detective Superintendent – Head of Public Protection

Lewis manages Public Protection at the Metropolitan Police for the Boroughs of Havering, Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham. Lewis has 17 years in Policing having started with Essex Police before transferring to the Metropolitan Police in 2022. Lewis manages the teams delivering investigations to Domestic Abuse, Rape, Child Abuse, Exploitation, Missing Persons.


Tara Geere

Assistant Director of Children’s Services – London Borough of Havering


Tara joined Havering Children’s Services in September 2021 bringing a wealth of experience, having previously worked in leadership roles across local council children’s social care services and more recently working within Ofsted, as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of children’s social care. Tara has worked in fostering and adoption services, placement and commissioning services, children with disability services, unaccompanied asylum seeking services and children in care and court teams.

Tara says, “I want to build on the incredible work that was done prior to me coming to Havering, strengthening the dynamic responses to the challenges of the pandemic, maintaining and improving our relationships with partners to ensure that the needs of our most vulnerable children continue to be met.

“We are focused on targeting further service improvements, bringing my experiences of good and outstanding practice across the country to improve and innovate services to children and their families in Havering. I am passionate about hearing the voices of our children and using their feedback to improve and celebrate services and help co-produce our offers and policies”.






Korkor Ceasar

Associate Director for Safeguarding Children – NHS North East London ICB

Korkor has extensive experience in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting and remains passionate about safeguarding children.

Korkor is the Lead Author for a Serious Case Review Alan and Brenda (Child A&B), which has been published and reported in the media and is also a previous chair of NHS England and Improvement Regional Network for Designated Safeguarding children Nurses and Doctors.

She leads on the implementation of all safeguarding statutory duties for children safeguarding and Looked after Children, ensuring all risks are escalated thorough the appropriate governance.

Korkor is also responsible for providing expert advice and guidance to the Partnership Boards and Integrated Care Board (ICB) via Chief Nurse Diana Jones who is the Executive Lead for Safeguarding and other colleagues on all safeguarding functions, aspects and responsibilities.

Her role has a particular focus on ensuring the strategic needs of the ICB are met. Korkor is responsible for ensuring that safeguarding is effectively managed across the health system, engaging local providers in a robust partnership approach to commissioning and provision of health services.

Trevor Cook 2022

Trevor Cook

Associate Director for  Education, Learning & Achievement – London Borough of Havering

Trevor has a wide range of knowledge and experience in the education, skills, and public sectors, with significant leadership & management experience.

He has a strong commitment to improving services to children, young people and families, and has over 30 years’ experience across the education and skills sector.  He took up his post as Assistant Director for Education Services in Havering in March 2018, having been the Acting Assistant Director for the previous six months.  Previously, he was the Head of Education Provision Commissioning, with responsibility for the majority of statutory services within education, including early years and pupil place planning, school organisation, admissions, 14-19, and Havering Adult College.

Prior to joining Havering in 2010, Trevor spent ten years at the Learning & Skills Council where he was responsible for leading and directing the transformation of the post-14 local learning and skills sector by ensuring the appropriate provision of innovative, high-quality learning.  He led the allocation process of investment in excess of £80m per annum to colleges, private training providers, schools, and other providers including the Voluntary and Community Sector and ACL providers, as well as acting as the sub-regional functional lead for employer responsiveness provision, and FE Capital funding.  He also had responsibility for ensuring provider performance management arrangements were in place, leading on the management of support to providers.