I joined Merseyside Police from Cheshire Constabulary in 2016, having started my police career at Greater Manchester Police.
I have had a varied career so far, starting out in neighbourhood policing as a police constable with GMP and working my way up to the rank of Inspector.
In 2008 I was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector with the Major Incident Team where I led teams of detectives investigating some of the most serious crimes such as murders. I saw first-hand the devastating impact violent crime had on the loved ones of victims and the wider community, and I was passionate about supporting families and putting offenders before the courts.
In 2010 I moved from being a detective back into a uniformed role as Superintendent in charge of partnerships and local policing in Moss Side and Longsight in Manchester. Two years later I returned to the Serious Crime Division as Detective Superintendent until I transferred on promotion to Cheshire Constabulary as Head of Public Protection.
There, I helped introduce a new, more integrated approach with partners who had the shared goal of intervening early to help prevent people from going down the wrong path into a life of crime.
I have maintained links with lots of people in GMP, Cheshire and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit because I love coaching and mentoring people through their careers, as I have benefited from that support myself.
I was delighted to be the Deputy Chief Constable at Merseyside Police. We have gone through extensive changes since I joined in 2016 but everything we have done is about putting the needs of the communities of Merseyside first.
It was always a special place for me when I was growing up nearby in Ormskirk and I do see it as home.
In April 2021, I became the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.
I joined Merseyside Police on 23rd May 2016 from Lancashire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable and have responsibility for the Investigation, Intelligence and Serious & Organised crime portfolio.
I am an accredited Senior Investigating Officer and PIP4 and have led a number of kidnap and homicide investigations. As the Head of Public Protection for four years, I represented Lancashire Constabulary at Executive Level on three Safeguarding Children’s and Adults Boards and was chairperson of the MAPPA Strategic County Board. I am hugely passionate about developing our services to protect children from abuse.
I am married and have three daughters. I enjoy running and triathlons and has completed three marathons for the Children’s Society to raise money and awareness.
In June 2016, I was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
In my role as Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) in Merseyside Police I am responsible for Local Policing and Criminal Justice matters across Merseyside. I was appointed ACC in 2019, and am thoroughly enjoying the challenges and demands of the role within a busy metropolitan force. I joined the force in 1994 on a graduate scheme after studying law at Liverpool John Moore’s University and have taken on various roles and responsibilities throughout my 25 year career.
I am a chartered accountant, with a degree in accounting & finance (gained as a mature student), and over 30 years’ experience in finance and business.
My career to date has been spent within the private sector (including Lex plc and Bank of Scotland) and more recently the public sector (including NHS Trusts and NICE).
My last role was as Chief Finance Officer at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals FT where I was responsible for finance, commercial and business development, procurement, asset replacement planning and purchasing. I also sat on a number of local and regional collaboration boards and committees.
I expect the corporate and support teams that I lead to provide the best service possible to the organisation, and to make sure every bit of resource is gained, and every penny spent wisely.
I have led and supported numerous improvement programmes that have focussed on reducing waste, enabling more operational teams to be more efficient, and using all of our assets (including people, IT, estate, vehicles and equipment) better.
I live within Merseyside and I want the Merseyside public to have the best informed, supported, and equipped police force in the country.
I am married with one daughter. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, following my football team Wigan Athletic, travelling, attempting to learn Spanish, and trying to keep as fit and healthy as possible.