Bedfordshire Police Headquarters

Bridgebury House, Woburn Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK43 9AX

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Office of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Meet The Team

Introduction

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is run by a dedicated team who support the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The team support:

  • Delivery of the Police and Crime Plan
  • Strategic financial policy
  • Performance, monitoring and scrutiny
  • Governance and compliance
  • Commissioning, grant funding and partnerships
  • Communications and engagement
  • Audit and general administrative duties.

 

The OPCC is led by a Chief Executive whose responsibility is to manage the staff and provide a monitoring role to ensure standards remain high.

The team also includes a Chief Finance Officer to advise the PCC on financial matters and the impact on any decisions regarding the budget, spending and commissioning.

Staff Facts & Figures

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire

18 Full Time Members of Staff, including the PCC: 67%

9 Part Time Members of Staff: 33%

  • Are women: 81% 
  • Are men: 19%
  • Are, to the knowledge of the elected local policing body, members of an ethnic minority: 19%
  • Have, to the knowledge of the elected local policing body, a disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010): 7%
 

Organisational Charts

OPCC Organisational Chart - June 2024
VERU Organisational Chart

John Tizard – The Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s role is a busy one, but the PCC is supported by an Executive Team who help to shape the delivery of the policing agenda across the county and help action key executive decisions on a daily basis, and a team of administrative staff. Together they make up the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

Contact: PCC@beds.police.uk

PCC Salary – £73,300

Police and Crime Commissioner Gifts and Hospitality Log – to be updated

Police and Crime Commissioner Notification of Disclosable Interests Log

Land/Premise owned and/or leased by the Police and Crime Commissioner 

Umme Ali – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

Umme Ali was appointed at the start of June 2024 as the new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, and confirmed by the Police and Crime Panel. In this role, Umme supports the PCC to develop strategies to reduce violence against women and children, which forms a vital part of the commissioner’s police and crime plan. Umme is a champion for victims and and ensures that they are put at the heart of policing and the wider criminal justice system.

Contact: PCC@beds.police.uk

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Gifts and Hospitality Log – to be updated

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Notification of Disclosable Interests Log – to be updated

Anna Villette – Chief Executive 

Anna is the Chief Executive of the OPCC and has more than 20 years’ senior leadership experience working in and around local government and the emergency services, including time as a local councillor where she served on a Police and Crime Panel.

Chief Executive Salary: £105,000

Anna.Villette@beds.police.uk

Chief Executive Notification of Disclosable Interests Log

Wayne Humberstone –  Director of OPCC Operations 

Wayne has nearly three decades of experience around various elements of Policing and also has responsibility for the day to day oversight of the staffing and projects within the OPCC.

Director of OPCC Operations Salary: £79,590

Wayne.Humberstone@beds.police.uk

Kate Stephenson – Head of Legal Services

Kate supports the OPCC on legal matters. 

Kate.Stephenson@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality – Nothing Claimed

Phil Wells – Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

Phil advises the PCC and his office on financial matters. 

Philip.Wells@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality – Nothing Claimed

Chief Finance Officer Notification of Disclosable Interests Log

David Old – Head of Corporate Communications

David supports the OPCC with communications. He has 20 years’ journalism and communications experience, working within policing since 2010. He is responsible for all communications including social media channels, website, internal communications, media handling, marketing campaigns, documentaries such as 24 Hours in Police Custody and oversees communications for the Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit.

David.Old@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality – Nothing Claimed

Phil Eaton – Project Manager Policing and Contact

Phil manages projects set by the OPCC Chief of Staff to support the PCC’s priority area objectives.

Philip.Eaton@beds.police.uk

Katie Beaumont – Head of Governance and Transparency 

Katie assists the Chief Executive with all compliance and governance issues. She leads on all complaints which are received from the public. Katie is a Director for the Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA). 

Head of Governance and Transparency Salary: £69,867

Katie.Beaumont@beds.police.uk

Samantha Denness – Performance and Accountability Manager

Samantha carries out a wide variety of activities as well as monitoring, preparing, and analysing/interpreting performance information against the Police and Crime Plan, Local Criminal Justice Board plans and Project Plans. Samantha attends strategic meetings and prepares briefings and reports on performance outliers, exceptions and emerging issues as well as supporting the identification of areas for improvement on key aspects of service delivery. Samantha also line manages the two Compliance Officers and the Contacts Officer.

Samantha.Denness@beds.police.uk

Bethany Coles – Compliance Officer

Bethany assists the Head of Governance and Transparency and the Performance and Accountability Manager with all compliance and governance duties. This includes Freedom of Information Requests, Subject Access Requests and managing the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme. 

Bethany.Coles@beds.police.uk

Anesu Banda – Compliance Officer 

Anesu assists the Head of Governance and Transparency and the Performance and Accountability Manager with all compliance and governance duties. This includes the administration function of the Police and Crime Panel, Freedom of Information Requests, Subject Access Requests and managing the Community Scrutiny Panels (Stop and Search and Use of Force).

Anesu.Banda@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed

Mary Robinson – Contacts Officer

Mary is responsible for dealing with communications received within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, ensuring that correspondence received, is signposted to the appropriate department. 

Mary.Robinson2@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed

Leanne Friel – Senior Communications Officer

Leanne is the liaison between the organisation, the public, and the media to ensure that the activities of the Police and Crime Commissioner are relayed appropriately and on time.

Leanne.Friel@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed

Lara Lewis – Communications Officer

Lara is the liaison between the organisation, the public, and the media to ensure that the activities of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire are relayed appropriately and on time.

Lara.Lewis@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed

Gemma McCormack – Executive Personal Assistant to the PCC and Office Manager

Gemma is the Executive Personal Assistant to the Police and Crime Commissioner and is the Office Manager.

Gemma.McCormack@beds.police.uk

Cara Gavin – Violence Exploitation and Reduction Unit and Early Intervention Manager

Cara is the manager of the Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit and lead for Early Intervention portfolio within the OPCC.

Cara.Gavin@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed

Louisa Glynn – Temporary Commissioning and Compliance Lead 

Lou is the temporary lead for Commissioning and Income Generation and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the commissioning function within the OPCC, co-ordinating all resources in a well-planned and controlled manner, as well as ensuring that requirements and resource levels are fully identified. 

Louisa.Glynn@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed 

Jenna Skinner – Commissioning and Income Generation Lead 

Jenna is the lead for Commissioning and Income Generation and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the commissioning function within the OPCC, co-ordinating all resources in a well-planned and controlled manner, as well as ensuring that requirements and resource levels are fully identified. 

Jenna.Skinner@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed 

Tara Malciw – Commissioning Officer

Tara is the Commissioning Officer and is responsible for supporting the annual commissioning process and ensuring compliance with policy and process throughout the year. Tara works with commissioned individuals/organisations to ensure delivery of objectives.

Tara.Malciw@beds.police.uk

Jennifer Grant – Commissioning Compliance Officer

Jennifer is the Commissioning Compliance Officer and is responsible for supporting the annual commissioning process and ensuring compliance with policy and process throughout the year. Jennifer works with commissioned individuals/organisations to ensure delivery of objectives.

Jennifer.Grant@beds.police.uk

Kiran Nandha – Commissioning Compliance Officer

Kiran is the Commissioning Compliance Officer and is responsible for supporting the annual commissioning process and ensuring compliance with policy and process throughout the year. Kiran works with commissioned individuals/organisations to ensure delivery of objectives.

Kiran.Nandha@beds.police.uk

Pauline Stewart – Executive Personal Assistant to Chief Executive

Pauline is the Executive Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive of the OPCC and provides a full range of support duties, as well as on occasions to the Senior Management Team. 

Pauline.Stewart@beds.police.uk

 

Francoise Julian – Criminal Justice and Victims Project Manager

Francoise is the Project Manager for Criminal Justice and Victims within the OPCC. Francoise is also the Business Manager for the Bedfordshire Criminal Justice Board and the OPCC lead for the Board’s three workstreams; Reducing Reoffending, Victims and Witness Engagement.

Francoise.Julian@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed

Alysha Patel – Restorative Justice Coordinator 

Alysha is the Restorative Justice Coordinator for the OPCC and is responsible for working with criminal justice, local authority and voluntary sector partners to develop and embed restorative justice practice across the county, maintaining a scalable and sustainable service that is victim-centred and accessible to local communities. 

Alysha.Patel@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed

Nicola Bayliss – Restorative Justice Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

Nicola is the Restorative Justice Coordinator for the OPCC and is responsible for working with criminal justice, local authority and voluntary sector partners to develop and embed restorative justice practice across the county, maintaining a scalable and sustainable service that is victim-centred and accessible to local communities. 

NicolaBayliss.Gooding@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed

Karen Cotton – Safer Streets Coordinator

Karen supports the Safer Streets project within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Bedfordshire.

Karen.Cotton@beds.police.uk

Gifts and Hospitality Log – Nothing Claimed

Salary bandings

Salary bands for staff permanently employed are:

Scale 5 – £27,789 – £29,874

Scale 6 – £30, 783 – £32,772

SO1 – £35,982 – £38,007

SO2 – £39,036 – £40,950

PO1 – £40,005 – £43,098

PO2 – £41,928 – £45,546

PO3 – £50,814 – £54,231

PO4 – £54,231 – £57,663

Salary bands for senior staff permanently employed are:

‘Senior Employee’ means a member of the staff of an elected local policing body whose salary exceeds £58,200.

SM3 – £76,650 – £85,569

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