Prevent Coordinator for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland
William Baldet is the CVE co-ordinator in Leicester and is based at The St Philips Centre, an inter-faith charity that specialises in promoting dialogue between communities.
Will Baldet has spent the last five years interacting with both violent and non-violent extremists in the UK. For the past three years he has been the Home Office funded Prevent Coordinator for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. His appointment is unique in that he is based within the St Philips Centre in Evington, an inter-faith organisation renowned for its community outreach programmes across faiths, cultures and traditions. His current role is to develop and deliver the Prevent strand of the UK Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy by uniting statutory partners, public sector workers, voluntary sector safeguarding roles and community organisations in mainstreaming Prevent across Leicestershire whilst endowing the communities themselves with the skills to support those vulnerable to radicalisation and to deconstruct extremist narratives.
Will is successful in involving ‘grass-roots’ community discourse in this often controversial area and is credited with bringing more female voices and young minds to the extremism debate. He previously worked as a Prevent Officer for the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) where he was awarded his Superintendent’s Commendation as recognition for his approach to local communities. Will has organised international conferences on reciprocal radicalisation and the use of the internet for extremist recruitment.
He is a contributor to the Radicalism and New Media Group based at the University of Northampton, where he also lectures on both right-wing and takfiri extremism for the Applied Criminal Justice Studies module. He is a member of RAN Europe (Radicalisation Awareness Network) and international Against Violent Extremism (AVE) Network.