The Articles of Association set out governance arrangements to include a Board of Directors comprising Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), a representative of other policing governance bodies, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, a Chief Officer, a representative of the Police Technology Council, the Chairperson of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and a representative of the Home Office.
The Board has been meeting at least quarterly to provide strategic direction and to review progress against the business plan, financial report, performance report and risk register. Reports are also provided to all members via quarterly Council meetings. An opportunity to review the performance of the Company and endorse the business plan and budget for the forthcoming year is provided at the Annual General Meeting.
In addition, the Company regularly engages with members at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ General Meetings and regional meetings where they take place throughout the year to ensure Members are informed of the work of the Company and that this work is adding value.
The senior management team aim to visit all forces regularly and Members are always welcome at the Company’s office at 21 New Street, London EC2M 4TP.
The Company Board has strong and focused leadership from its Chair, Katy Bourne, Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex and Chair of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners’ Police, Technology & Digital Portfolio. She was elected as the Sussex PCC by the public to serve a second term in office in May 2016.
As PCC, Katy sets the strategic direction and priorities for policing in Sussex. She is also responsible for setting the police budget (approx £250m) and the local police precept as well as holding the Chief Constable to account for the delivery and performance of the force. In addition, Katy has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime and deliver community safety initiatives and crime reduction grants.
Katy is a Board Director of the national College of Policing and Chair of the national Police ICT Company. She is also Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board, a member of the Home Secretary’s National Domestic Abuse Oversight Group and Chair of the Association of PCCs’ Police, Technology & Digital Portfolio.
Ian joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in September 2008 as Head of ICT Service Delivery. His remit was to create a cohesive Service Delivery team and create substantial opportunity for cashable savings whilst creating a platform for new technological opportunities. His successes included the delivery of best of breed ICT architecture were delivered with best of breed technologies, delivering multiple millions of savings.
He became Head of ICT in Cambridgeshire on 1 October 2011 and subsequently the Head of ICT for BCH in July 2014. Ian is the vice-chair of the National Police Technology Council and in November 2016 became the Director of the National Enabling Programmes at their inception.
Ian’s previous roles included Chartered Accountant, Head of Services at Associated British Foods, managing both internal IT teams and multi out-sourced services.
Dave has a background delivering complex business solutions in Commercial/Wholesale Banking. His experience covers both the programme and project direction through to the construction of architectural road maps and their subsequent delivery along with overall delivery and departmental strategy.
His major responsibility in the Home Office is to direct the design, build and deployment of national law enforcement systems, ensuring that they are highly effective, efficient systems which leverage modern digital technologies and provide world-class law enforcement capabilities.
Dave has been a non-executive director of our Board since July 2017. He lives in Hampshire with his wife Joanna.
Ron Hogg is a politician and former police officer. He started working life as a teacher, and prior to his current role, he spent four years working in Children’s Safeguarding in Sunderland. The intervening 30 years were spent working in four different police forces, including Northumbria and Cleveland, and five years in Durham Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable.
In November 2012, he took up his post as the Labour Durham Police and Crime Commissioner and was then re-elected on 6 May 2016.
Dafydd is a graduate of Management and Informatics and has worked with data throughout his career. His work has taken him from SONY Manufacturing to Dyfed Powys Police and also Aberystwyth University with an extended 13-year career as a police intelligence analyst.
As the Principal Intelligence Analyst at Dyfed Powys Police, Dafydd worked as part of the team that created and delivered a new intelligence system and this work was commended as a finalist in the 2012 Virgin ‘Innovation Nation’ Awards.
Dafydd lectured criminology at Aberystwyth University prior to being elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys in May 2016. Dafydd hopes his in-depth working knowledge and practical experience of police IT systems will ensure that he is able to contribute fully as a member of the board.
Stephen was elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire in May 2016.
Over the last 30 years, Stephen worked his way up through the ranks, working in various senior roles including in digital media, on to running his own business.
Stephen is passionate about making sure everyone gets their opportunity to make the most of their lives. As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen wants to ensure victims are put at the heart of everything he does and he believes that early intervention to prevent young people from becoming victims and perpetrators of the future is central to his work.
He is focused on addressing the problem with alcohol and drug-fuelled crime across Northamptonshire, as well as working to reduce domestic violence. In addition to this, he also wants to make sure that the towns and villages of Northamptonshire are safe for children and free from those who wish to harm them, either physically or online.
Stephen is committed to protecting the number of frontline officers and believes that there is an ever increasing opportunity to exploit new technologies, to enable more officers to be visible on the streets of Northamptonshire and to ultimately make Northamptonshire safer.
Martin Surl was elected as Gloucestershire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012. He stood as an independent.
Martin is a former senior police officer who worked at home and abroad in the field of policing, crime reduction and counter terrorism for more than 30 years. He was born and brought up in Gloucestershire and his family has lived in the county for generations. He joined Gloucestershire Constabulary in May 1980 and went on to serve in most areas of the county in uniform and as a detective, rising to the rank of Superintendent. In 2000, he was seconded to the Ministry of Justice in Estonia to help modernise its police service and develop its crime reduction partnerships. He retained contact (and still does) and in 2005 was awarded the Order of Merit in recognition of his work to introduce child protection measures into the country. In 2007, he was seconded to the Association of Chief Police Officers, Terrorism and Allied Matters branch (ACPO TAM) to help set up the UK’s policing anti-terrorism network.
In his role as Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin is responsible for determining priorities for the county’s police officers, holding the Chief Constable to account, setting the budget and representing the people of Gloucestershire. He has pledged to be a new voice for policing in Gloucestershire, who will speak up for victims and bring together areas of the criminal justice system as well as involving schools and colleges.
Martin is married to Elizabeth and they have two children. Outside work, he is a self-confessed “newsaholic” and likes Formula 1 and walking with his dog Dominic.
Former MP Paddy Tipping was elected as Nottinghamshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012, and re-elected with an overwhelming majority in May 2016.
He has been at the forefront of the national discussions on police funding since he was elected to this role and is currently Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ Resources, Efficiency and Strategic Finance Standing Group. He is one of 12 members of the national Advisory Group, set up to look at the challenges posed by the ongoing austerity measures, and was closely involved in the ‘Reshaping Policing for the Public’ report. He also chairs the Specialist Capabilities Governance Sub-Group set up to oversee the work of the Specialist Capabilities Programme. As an MP, he undertook a number of efficiency studies for the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, and he was closely involved in setting up the Lawrence Inquiry.
Ian Dyson joined the City of London Police as Commander in September 2010 leading initially on organisational change, and later as the chief officer lead on Economic Crime, expanding the Force’s national fraud responsibilities. He was also the National Police lead for Contact Management and led the national roll out for the 101 non-emergency number. Two years later he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner leading cultural change, leadership and development within the Force, embedding staff empowerment and innovation. His portfolio covered Performance Management, Business Continuity, the Transformation Programme and Strategic Development.
He was promoted to Commissioner on 3 January 2016.
Ian has spent most of his life in London. He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1983, working within many different areas including crime and drug squads, vice and strategic planning. For eleven years, Ian was a public order cadre trained senior officer and has extensive experience of commanding the policing of large public events. Ian then joined Surrey Police as Assistant Chief Constable in June 2008 overseeing some of the highest confidence levels in the country and improving Neighbourhood Policing.
From June 2016 Ian steps up further from his Information Assurance portfolio and takes on the National Policing Lead for overarching Information Management Co-ordination.
He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2016.
Rebecca Lawrence is CEO of MOPAC, through which the Mayor of London and his Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime set the priorities, agree the budget and scrutinise the performance of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Rebecca has extensive experience at the most senior levels of national policing and security, serving as Director of the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office and as Director, Terrorism and Allied Matters for the Association of Chief Police Officers before moving to MOPAC as Director of Strategy in 2013. She has advised Ministers, and represented the Government and the Mayor nationally and internationally on economic, crime and security issues.
Rebecca began her career in the Civil Service, spending 16 years at HM Treasury working on portfolios ranging from environment and energy to European trade and investment. A lifelong Londoner, Rebecca lives in West London with her husband and two sons.
Neil Roberts is the Chief Information Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police, and is the Chair of the National Police Technology Council (NPTC), a position he has held since September 2016. The NPTC is the technical design authority for policing within the Information Management & Operational Requirements Coordination Committee (IMORCC) governance structure.
Neil was born and bred in Liverpool but has spent more than half of his twenty-year IT career in public service in the South East. He has worked across central and local government, the health service and Parliament, driving efficiency and interoperability to advantage improve services and benefit the public.
Since joining the policing world, Neil has developed an IT strategy for both of his home forces that necessarily creates capabilities across the wider South East region. This will provide a sustainable and future-proofed IT platform for Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley and Hampshire.
The experience that Neil brings to bear from his merger and acquisition background is of the greatest relevance for policing. Driving forward a shared and cohesive national and regional landscape is critical, and policing IT is responding to the challenge in a way never before seen.
Outside of work, Neil prides himself on the bringing-up of his five children. He likes to relax taking long country walks in the beautiful Sussex countryside with his wife Melissa. He is a keen cook, a die-hard rugby fan since hanging up his boots, and has never shied away from a good pint of best bitter.
Sara Thornton is the first Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
Sara joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986 and over the next fifteen years her career alternated between operational postings in West London and strategic roles within New Scotland Yard. She served with Thames Valley Police as Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Acting Chief Constable before holding the role of Chief Constable for eight years until March 2015. She has also been Chair of ACPO Intelligence Portfolio, Vice-Chair of ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters, Director of the Police National Assessment Centre and ACPO Vice-President.
Sara is a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Advisory Board for the Oxford University Centre for Criminology and the International Advisory Board for the Cambridge Executive Police Programme. She is a graduate of Durham University, also holding a Master of Studies (MSt) degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University alongside honorary doctorates from Oxford Brookes University and Buckinghamshire New University.
Sara was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2006 and made a Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 2011. She has also been recognised with a Career Achievement Award from the Police Training Authority Trustees and the Sir Robert Peel Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Evidence-Based Policing.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd heads the PSNI’s District Policing Command which has in the region of 4000 officers and staff. He has responsibility for Local and Neighbourhood Policing across Northern Ireland.
He is the overall Police Commander with responsibility for the policing of Hate Crime and Parades within Northern Ireland.
Alan has 26 years’ experience in policing, and has previously been District Commander for the area covering Newry, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, as well as Chief Superintendent in District Policing Command at Headquarters. More recently, ACC Todd has held the position of Assistant Chief Constable for Operational Support Department with responsibility for providing a wide range of professional and specialist support in the delivery of front line policing.
Recently, Alan has been responsible for leading the policing of major events such as the Girod’Italia, commanding the police operation in respect of the Olympic Torch Run, co-ordinating border policing with An Garda Síochána and leading on the ServiceFirst change programme as well as transforming the Police Services contact management business area. He is also the UK National Lead for Contact Management and a member of the Board of Directors at the UK Police ICT Company.
Sarah Wilkinson is the CEO of NHS Digital. Previously she was CIO at The Home Office, with responsibility for the delivery of all technology services for Counter-Terror, the UK Border, Visas and Immigration, Asylum and Policing.
Prior to joining the Home Office, Sarah spent 23 years in Financial Services, and held CIO roles at Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. Her earlier career consisted of various roles in the IT and Risk departments in these organisations.
Sarah is a non-executive director of our Board, a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Kings College London, and a member of the advisory boards of the Department of Computing at Imperial College and the Department of Maths at Oxford University.
She has also worked as an advisor to a number of technology start-ups.
She lives in Wimbledon with her husband and two teenage sons.