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

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.

Thomas Thorp – Interim Assistant Chief Executive & Deputy Monitoring Officer

Caroline Blackburn – Interim Assistant Chief Executive & Deputy Monitoring Officer

Tom and Caroline support Simon Dennis in his functions as Interim Chief Executive and provide additional support for the non-political functions previously carried out by the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

For more information, see item 8 Leedership Staffing Update presented to the Police Fire and Crime Pannel on 19 August 2020.

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.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

Position vacant

The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner can deputise for the Commissioner as and when appropriate, and 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’

Policy and Scrutiny Team

Vacancy – Policy and Scrutiny Manager

The Policy and Scrutiny Manager 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.

Leigh Birkbeck – Projects Manager

Leigh is a Project Manager, supporting the organisation to define the scope of projects, identify the deliverables and measure the benefits as defined in the business case.

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

Philippa Rousell – Policy and Scrutiny Officer (Partnerships)

Philippa 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 the Commissioner keep North Yorkshire Police at the forefront of policing, as well making sure that they can continue to influence the direction of future policing at a national level.

OPFCC Office Management

Tina James-McGrath – Office and Volunteer Manager

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.

Ruth Warman – Executive Assistant to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

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

Melanie Wilson – Diary and Correspondence Secretary

Melanie manages the very busy diary of the Commissioner. Whilst this includes organising and facilitating meetings, Melanie also supports the Commissioner by ensuring all the information they needs is easily available and to hand.

Sheree Ashman – Office and Volunteer Officer

Sheree assists with the administration of the independent scrutiny panels, schemes and volunteers.

Lianne Gardner – Administration Assistant

Lianne provides administrative and clerical support to the Office.

Simon Jones – Media Officer

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

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.

Complaints and Recognition Team

The Complaints and Recognition Team is independent to North Yorkshire Police. Their aim is to resolve complaints and dissatisfaction in an efficient, rigorous and fair way, ensuring fairness, for both residents and the police.

Mark Ayres – Complaints and Recognition Team Leader

Mark is responsible for complaints and compliments received for North Yorkshire Police, managing the team of advisers,  working  closely with internal and external stakeholders for the overall service delivery of complaints and recognition.

Sarah Davies – Complaints and Recognition Adviser

Sarah manages individual cases, keeping people up to date with the progress of their case, or an  apology where their complaint is justified, and ensures that the appropriate action is being taken to resolve cases.

Melanie Flintoft – Complaints and Recognition Adviser

Melanie manages individual cases, keeping people up to date with the progress of their case, or an  apology where their complaint is justified, and ensures that the appropriate action is being taken to resolve cases.

Commissioning and Partnerships

Jenni Newberry – Head of Commissioning and Partnerships Team

Jenni 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.

Wendy Green – Commissioning and Partnerships Manager

Wendy supports the Head 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.

Nicole Hutchinson – Commissioning and Partnerships Manager

Nicole supports the Head 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.

Sally Lynch – Commissioning and Partnerships Manager

Sally supports the Head 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.

Samantha Bainbridge – Commissioning and Partnerships Manager

Samantha supports the Head 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 and Partnerships Manager

Sarah supports the Head 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.

OPFCC structure and statutory officers

OPFCC team makeup

  • Of the 25 staff currently in post, 19 are women, six 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 Complaints & Recognition team and the Commissioning & Partnership team.
  • Our lease on the premises runs for five years – from 16 July 2018 to 15 July 2023

Updated 10 September 2020

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