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.

Unusually, Julia’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) also supports North Yorkshire Police’s core functions, saving taxpayers’ money and ensuring that team members best support her in her role.

Meanwhile, Julia’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) works part-time, for maximum savings and is also CFO and deputy CEO for the Cleveland PCC, making them uniquely qualified for the role.

OPCC staff introductions 

Fraser Sampson – Interim Chief Executive Officer

Fraser performs the CEO’s duties under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and is also the PCC’s monitoring officer.

Julia Mulligan, the Commissioner for North Yorkshire and Mark Burns Williamson, the Commissioner for West Yorkshire, have signed a collaboration agreement to extend the secondment of Fraser Sampson to North Yorkshire OPCC as Interim Chief Executive Officer.  Mr Sampson has been carrying out this role since 1 August 2016 as cover for North Yorkshire Police’s substantive CEO.  Under the new agreement the secondment will be extended for a further two years, until the end of June 2019.

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. 

Will Naylor – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

As Deputy PCC, 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 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

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.

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.

Lauren Stoddart-Scott – Personal Assistant to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Julia’s Personal Assistant  organises the very busy diary of the Commissioner. Whilst this includes organising and facilitating meetings, Lauren also supports Julia by ensuring all the information she needs is easily available and to hand. Lauren also includes involvement with the Independent Out of Court Disposals Panel, supporting the governance structure and often being the first point of contact for partners and stakeholders.

Simon Jones – Digital Engagement 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.

Our main online channel is this website, which is complimented by TwitterFacebook and YouTube to target specific audiences and signpost them here for full details.

Holly Earnshaw – Caseworker to the Commissioner

Holly is the first point of contact for anyone in North Yorkshire who has a query, complaint or comment about policing. She organises and attends all the Commissioner’s surgeries, so anyone can meet her to discuss their issue in person.

Police complaints can be a complex process, so Holly can guide you through the system and remains on hand to 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.

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.

Lianne Gardner – Administration Assistant

Lianne provides administrative and clerical support to the Office.

Alex Carter – Administration Assistant

Alex provides administrative and clerical support to the Office.

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.

Policy and Scrutiny Officer (Policing)

The Policy and Scrutiny Officer 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.

Sarah Lund – Policy and Scrutiny Officer (Partnerships)

Sarah 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.

Sam Hutchinson – Community Mapping Project Officer

Sam is a student from the University of York. Last year he was on a placement year, and this year he is working part-time in the Office. He is working on a project to improve the Commissioner’s office’s understanding of, and engagement with, the local communities and groups of North Yorkshire.

OPCC structure and statutory officers

OPFCC team makeup

  • Of the 14 staff currently in post, eight are women, six 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