Meet the team

Meet the Commissioner's team

The Commissioner appoints statutory and non-statutory officers to the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) to ensure that the powers and duties of the PFCC are carried out efficiently and effectively.

Alongside the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), the OPFCC ensures that the Commissioner’s strategic programme for policing, fire and crime is carried into effect – providing, commissioning and overseeing services which meet the objectives, priorities and outcomes set out in the Police & Crime Plan and the Fire & Rescue Plan.

The OPFCC ensures that the PFCC has full executive and professional support in carrying out his or her duties and responsibilities comprehensively and lawfully.

All OPFCC staff report to the Chief Executive as Head of Paid Service.

In addition to providing and supporting the roles of Monitoring Officer and Chief Finance Officer, the OPFCC undertakes a wide range of functions of the PFCC via a scheme of delegated powers, supporting and representing the PFCC in carrying out all aspects of the Commissioner’s public, service provision, scrutiny and governance roles.

With the exception of any Deputy appointed by a PFCC, staff within an OPFCC must not undertake political work.

Statutory Officers

Simon Dennis – Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer

Every Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) or Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (PFCC) must have a Chief Executive in post who will support and advise the Commissioner and assist in the delivery all statutory duties.

The Chief Executive works with the Commissioner, the Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer, the Chief Finance Officers and other senior managers to ensure delivery of the Commissioner’s vision, strategy and priorities and ensures rigorous scrutiny of operational activities.

The Chief Executive also provides effective leadership to the Commissioner’s Office (“the OPFCC”).

The Chief Executive holds the role of the Monitoring Officer, with a remit to identify any contravention of law, maladministration or injustice and to promote high ethical standards.

The post fulfils the statutory function of the Head of Paid Service, with responsibility for leading the Commissioner’s staff and ensuring that the OPFCC supports the Commissioner in the performance of powers and duties.

The post of Chief Executive is politically restricted and the post holder must be appointed on merit following a confirmation process held by the Police Fire and Crime Panel.

Responsibilities:

  • To carry out the duties of the Chief Executive appointed under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011; the Head of the Paid Service for the OPFCC; and the Monitoring Officer to the Commissioner both as local policing body and in respect of fire and rescue powers.
  • To provide dynamic leadership and effective, high quality guidance, advice and support to the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner and staff within the OPFCC.
  • To ensure the Commissioner and the Office meets their statutory duties and strategic objectives, ensuring legality, effective governance and the highest ethical standards.
  • To advise and assist the Commissioner in the review, development and implementation of statutory Plans and commissioning powers.
  • To support and advise the Commissioner in the development of vision, strategy and planning, ensuring implementation and regular review.

Michael Porter – Chief Finance Officer

Michael fulfils the Chief Finance Officer and Section 151 Officer role on a part-time basis, being also Cleveland PCC’s Chief Finance Officer and deputy Chief Executive officer.

The Chief Finance Officer of the PFCC is the Commissioner’s professional adviser on financial matters. To enable these duties to be fulfilled and to ensure the PFCC is provided with adequate financial advice, the Commissioner’s Chief Finance Officer:

  • is a key member of the Commissioner’s Leadership Team, working closely with the Chief Executive, helping the team to develop and implement strategy and to resource and deliver the PFCC’s strategic objectives sustainably and in the public interest;
  • is actively involved in, and able to bring influence to bear on, all strategic business decisions, of the Commissioner, to ensure that the financial aspects of immediate and longer term implications, opportunities and risks are fully considered, and alignment with the PFCC’s financial strategy;
  • leads the promotion and delivery by the Commissioner of good financial management so that public money is safeguarded at all times and used appropriately, economically, efficiently and effectively; and ensures that the finance function is resourced to be fit for purpose.

Assistant Commissioner & Victims Champion

Jenni Newberry
Assistant Commissioner & Victims Champion
Director of Commissioning & Partnerships

An Assistant Commissioner and Victims’ Champion is a non-statutory, non-political role that supports the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner by providing resilience and visibility in their absence.

In this combined role, the public can expect to see an Assistant Commissioner with responsibilities such as engagement at community events, speaking at conferences, providing comment to the media on important topics, and working alongside the Commissioner to ensure people are safe and feeling safe in North Yorkshire and York.

A Victims’ Champion acts as the voice for Victims, listening to their lived experience and engaging with support services to identify themes, trends, and gaps in service provision so that the development of policies, planning and commissioning can be framed with Victims needs in mind. This element of the role advocates alongside the Commissioner, who is also a Victims’ Champion.

Find out more about Jenni and her role: Assistant Commissioner & Victims Champion

Directors

Interim Director –

Interim Director – Sarah Arnott

Inclusivity & Public Confidence

Position vacant – Inclusivity & Public Confidence Manager

Position vacant – Commissioner’s Officer for Inclusivity & Public Confidence – Not yet implemented

Position vacant – Customer Service Manager – Not yet implemented

Mark Ayres – Senior Customer Service Advisor

Melanie Flintoft – Customer Service Advisor

Ana Monteiro Kett – Customer Service Advisor

Position vacant – Customer Service Assistant

Communications and Community Engagement

Holly Jenkinson – Communications and Engagement Manager

Holly leads the Communications and Community Engagement Team.

Amanda Bowers – Community Engagement Officer

Amanda undertakes engagement activities at all levels with the full range of communities; stakeholders and key partners across North Yorkshire, to support them and their wider community safety concerns and initiatives.

Simon Jones – Media Officer

Simon provides media support to the Office for communications and engagement across a range of channels, traditional and digital.

Business Management

Position vacant – Business Manager & Data Protection Officer

Tina James-McGrath – Office & Volunteer Manager – Temporary Role

Tina supports the Commissioner through the management of all OPFCC functions including facilities, HR, budgets and transparency.

Tina is the scheme administrator for the Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) – a volunteer group that checks on the health and well being of detainees in custody. She assists the panel co-ordinators in their role, as well as training ICVs and ensuring that each volunteer is supported in their role. Tina is the link between ICVs and the various custody inspectors across the county.

Claire Tomenson – Commissioner’s Executive Assistant

Claire is the Executive Assistant to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Sarah Davies – Executive Management Team’s Executive Assistant

Sarah is the Executive Assistant for the Executive Management Team

Sheree Ashman – Business Governance Assistant

Position vacant – Business Governance Apprentice

Delivery & Assurance

Vicky Booty – Project Manager – Delivery & Assurance

Faihaa Alnaser – Commissioner’s Officer for Delivery & Assurance

Polly Etheridge – Commissioner’s Officer for Policy & Research

Position vacant – Fire & Rescue Authority Manager

Fiona Kinnear – Policy & Scrutiny Officer for Fire and Rescue – Temporary role

Fiona ensures that the Commissioner is kept up to date on national and regional fire and rescue issues, as well as best practice across England and Wales. Some projects will be general and short-term research, while others can require an in-depth investigation into specific North Yorkshire issues.

Commissioning & Partnerships

Jenni Newberry – Director of Commissioning & Partnerships

In addition to her role as Assistant Commissioner & Victims Champion, Jenni also leads the Commissioning and Partnerships Team, to develop and deliver commissioning/procurement processes, in the creation and development of services, which support victims, offenders and communities across North Yorkshire.

Nicole Hutchinson – Commissioning & Partnerships Manager

Nicole supports the Director of Commissioning and Partnerships to develop and deliver commissioning/procurement processes, in the creation and development of services, which support victims, offenders and communities across North Yorkshire.

Katie Wright – Commissioner’s Officer for Offending & Justice

Sally Lynch – Commissioning & Partnerships Manager

Sally supports the Director of Commissioning and Partnerships to develop and deliver commissioning/procurement processes, in the creation and development of services, which support victims, offenders and communities across North Yorkshire.

Sarah Arnott – Commissioning & Partnerships Manager

Sarah supports the Director of Commissioning and Partnerships to develop and deliver commissioning/procurement processes, in the creation and development of services, which support victims, offenders and communities across North Yorkshire.

Wendy Green – Commissioning & Partnerships Manager

Wendy supports the Director of Commissioning and Partnerships to develop and deliver commissioning/procurement processes, in the creation and development of services, which support victims, offenders and communities across North Yorkshire.

Keith Taylor – Commissioned Services Data & System Manager

Supporting Victims

Claire Gallier – Supporting Victims Team Leader

Claire leads the Supporting Victims Team, in delivering a triage and onward referral service to help victims of crime to cope and recover from the impact of the crime.

Melissa Bainbridge – Victim Care Coordinator

Melissa delivers a triage and onward referral service to help victims of crime to cope and recover from the impact of the crime.

Emma Cargill – Victim Care Coordinator

Emma delivers a triage and onward referral service to help victims of crime to cope and recover from the impact of the crime.

Sophie Grant – Victim Care Coordinator

Sophie delivers a triage and onward referral service to help victims of crime to cope and recover from the impact of the crime.

Lea Haynes-McDonnell – Victim Care Coordinator

Lea delivers a triage and onward referral service to help victims of crime to cope and recover from the impact of the crime.

Cai Slade – Victim Care Coordinator

Cai delivers a triage and onward referral service to help victims of crime to cope and recover from the impact of the crime.

Ian Taylor – Victim Care Coordinator

Ian delivers a triage and onward referral service to help victims of crime to cope and recover from the impact of the crime.

OPFCC structure and statutory officers

OPFCC team makeup

  • Of the 32 staff currently in post, 25 are women, seven are men.
  • None are from an ethnic minority.
  • One has a registered disability.

OPFCC location

  • Our office is at 12 Granby Rd, Harrogate HG1 4ST, which we share with the Customer Service team and the Commissioning & Partnership team.
  • Our lease on the premises runs for five years – from 16 July 2018 to 15 July 2023

Updated 5 October 2022