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
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner:
- Faye Abbot (Coventry and Solihull)
- Judy Foster (Dudley and Sandwell)
- Mohammed Nazir (Walsall and Wolverhampton)
- 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.
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."
Rear l-r: Cath Hannon, Tim Sawdon, Ernie Hendricks, Brendan
Front l-r: Judy Foster, Yvonne Mosquito, Bob Jones, Mohammed
Nazir, Faye Abbott