Cath Hannon

Cath Hannon

Board Member Cath Hannon

Cath is a former West Midlands Police officer, starting as a bobby on the beat in Handsworth and concluding her career 32 years later as Detective Superintendent.

During her time in the force, she fought against crimes including paedophilia, kidnapping and extortion, anti-social behaviour, terrorism, organised crime, gang violence and child exploitation.

Cath worked with many different agencies and people to develop innovative schemes to protect the residents of the West Midlands. This included leading multi-agency teams to improve police investigations and support for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, forced marriage, 'honour'-based violence, as well as safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. She built partnerships across national and international boundaries to increase community safety regarding the policing and supervision of violent and sex offenders. 

Cath's work was recognised with the 2010 West Midlands Safeguarding Award for services to protecting children, and she has received many commendations for her investigation skills and work as an ambassador for the police.

After retiring from policing in 2010, Cath worked as an investigator for the General Social Care Council, responsible for the regulation and investigation of social workers.

 In November 2012, Cath was an independent candidate in the first West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election. She has served on the Strategic Policing and Crime Board since its inception. 

She has responsibility for several portfolios including Public Protection, modernising the Police Museum, Transforming Investigations as part of the WMP 2020 Transformation Programme, is a member of the Joint Audit Committee and chair of the Victims Commission.

The Commission combines the expertise of voluntary and community organisations and partner agencies to act as an advisory body to the PCC in the provision of specialist services. With the aid of funding from the PCC the Commission has improved services for victims of crime across the West Midlands.

In December 2016 following 6 years of part time study Cath achieved her Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and Community Safety, specialising in the management of high-risk offenders which compliments her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Criminology achieved in 2002.