Meet the team

Meet Julia’s team

The Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) is one of the country’s most effective.

Julia’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) works part-time, for maximum savings and is also CFO for the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner.

Julia’s Interim Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer (CEO) works part-time, for maximum savings and is also CEO  for the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner.

OPFCC staff introductions 

Simon Dennis – Interim Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer
(0.6 FTE for North Yorkshire)

Sharon Caddell – Temporary Assistant Chief Executive & Deputy Monitoring Officer

(1.0 FTE)

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.

Chief Executive services are provided to the Office of the North yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner under the terms of an innovative collaborative secondment arrangement with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland.

Together with the shared Chief Finance Officer service, this shares and mirrors key roles in the senior management structure across the two Offices in a way which is both efficient and effective.

The arrangements were approved by the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel in May 2019.

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 role on a part-time basis, being also Cleveland PCC’s Chief Finance Officerand deputy Chief Executive officer. 

More information about Michael’s role is available on the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.

Will Naylor – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

As Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Will can deputise for the Commissioner as and when appropriate, and he will also support the Commissioner by:

  • Strengthening her ability to ‘hold the Chief Constable to account’ with a renewed focus on monitoring performance of the service
  • Delivering her manifesto, in particular reforming the police complaints system in line with the opportunities set out in the new policing and crime bill and overseeing improvements to non-emergency contact with the police (the ‘101’ contact system)
  • Developing and overseeing the delivery of the new Police, Fire and Crime Plan (the Commissioner issues the plan)
  • Ensuring North Yorkshire has a strong voice in Westminster, for example, fighting for fair funding
  • Developing and running campaigns to support the public, for example the Commissioner’s campaign for anonymity for victims of ‘revenge porn’

Find out more about Will’s role

Executive Assistant to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

 

Diary and Correspondence Support Officer

Julia’s Diary and Correspondence Officer manages the very busy diary of the Commissioner. Whilst this includes organising and facilitating meetings, they also support Julia by ensuring all the information she needs is easily available and to hand.

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager acts as Julia’s specialist adviser on all media relations, marketing and communications. They manage the OPFCC news desk on a day-to-day basis, responding to all media enquiries and promoting campaigns and projects.

Simon Jones – Media Officer

Simon manages the OPFCC’s digital engagement, tasked with growing our online audience, widening e-communications with the public and especially improving dialogue with hard-to-reach groups who, whilst having online access, may still be isolated for a number of reasons.

The Office’s main online channel is this website, which is complimented by TwitterFacebook Instagram and YouTube to target specific audiences and signpost them to the website for the full details.

Thomas Thorp  – Policy and Scrutiny Manager

Tom supports the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner by driving performance and scrutiny review programmes across the police force in policy, ethics and standards, and through developing ideas, commissioning research, working with stakeholders and responding to consultations to help shape corporate and strategic approaches to development projects where appropriate.

Polly Etheridge- Policy and Scrutiny Officer (Victims and Services)

Polly ensures that the Commissioner is kept up to date on national and regional victim and services 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.

This helps Julia keep North Yorkshire Police at the forefront of policing, as well making sure that she can continue to influence the direction of future policing at a national level.

Fiona Kinnear – Policy and Scrutiny Officer (Fire and rescue)

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.

Faihaa Alnaser – Policy and Scrutiny Officer (Policing)

Faihaa ensures that the Commissioner is kept up to date on national and regional policing 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.

This helps Julia keep North Yorkshire Police at the forefront of policing, as well making sure that she can continue to influence the direction of future policing at a national level.

Policy and Scrutiny Officer (Partnerships)

The Policy and Scrutiny Officer ensures that the Commissioner is kept up to date on national and regional partnership 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.

This helps Julia keep North Yorkshire Police at the forefront of policing, as well making sure that she can continue to influence the direction of future policing at a national level.

Tina James-McGrath – Office and Volunteer Co-ordinator and ICV Scheme administrator

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

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

Holly Earnshaw – Caseworker to the Commissioner

Holly is the first point of contact for anyone in North Yorkshire who has a query, or any feedback about the police or fire service. She organises and supports the Commissioner’s surgeries, so anyone can meet the Commissioner and discuss their issue in person.

Police complaints can be a complex process, so Holly can guide you through the system and advise and support at any point. She regularly liaises with North Yorkshire Police officers and staff to ensure that the right information is given to every member of the public.

Lianne Gardner – Administration Assistant

Lianne provides administrative and clerical support to the Office.

OPFCC structure and statutory officers

 

 

OPFCC team makeup

  • Of the 12 staff currently in post, seven are women, five are men.
  • None are from an ethnic minority or have a registered disability.

OPFCC location

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

Updated 16 September 2019