Bob Jones appoints Strategic Policing and Crime Board

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones this morning agreed the membership of the new Strategic Policing and Crime Board.  Following an open competition that received over sixty applications, the following people have been appointed to Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner and Non-Executive Member roles:

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner:

  • Faye Abbot (Coventry and Solihull)
  • Judy Foster (Dudley and Sandwell)
  • Mohammed Nazir (Walsall and Wolverhampton)

Non-Executive Member:

  • Brendan Connor
  • Ernie Hendricks
  • Cath Hannon
  • Tim Sawdon

Bob said, "The Police and Crime Commissioner role is too big for one person, or even one person and a deputy, particularly here in the West Midlands, with a population of 2.8 million.  There need to be links to local areas and an element of challenge.  The Strategic Policing and Crime Board will fulfil these roles.

BJ profile"I am delighted to make these appointments today.  I am very grateful to the sixty or so people who applied, and from these there are excellent successful candidates.  Individually, each has a strong track record of public service, relevant experience, knowledge, and expertise, which is obvious from their CVs.  Collectively, they are a balanced and representative group also.  Among them there is a former chair and two vice-chairs of the police authority.  Cath Hannon is a former senior police officer, who stood against me in the recent election.  The three major political parties are represented, and the board members come from across the West Midlands.  There is a mix of gender and ethnicity that is more representative of our area.  Brendan and Tim also bring experience of business and commerce, reflecting the importance of reducing business crime.

"The broad range of experience and knowledge means I will seek to appoint Assistant PCCs and non-executive members to be 'champions' who will lead on specific areas such as victims, health and liaison with the NHS, technology, equalities, ethnicity and business. There is much work to be done, and I am looking forward to working with the new board."

Bob has decided to appoint four non-executive members rather than three as previously planned.  Speaking about this, Bob said, "Non-Executive Members bring an element of challenge, and I recognised that having an additional member in this role would increase the effectiveness of the board.  I have agreed with the Chief Constable that the additional non-executive member will, like the other three, also serve on the joint audit committee for the Force and PCC.  This cost effective approach will mean that the joint audit committee will have the expertise and experience it needs to provide effective financial oversight of both.  This additional appointment adds a small additional cost of £5,000, but the new structures will still save about £30,000 compared to members allowances for the previous police authority.  Overall, the budget for the office will be £100,000 less than the police authority."

Strategic Policing and Crime Board Mar 2013

Rear l-r: Cath Hannon, Tim Sawdon, Ernie Hendricks, Brendan Connor

Front l-r: Judy Foster, Yvonne Mosquito, Bob Jones, Mohammed Nazir, Faye Abbott