Chief Constable, Nick Dean
Chief Constable, Nick Dean
Nick has more than 27 years' police service. He first joined Norfolk Constabulary in September 1992, where he gained experience first in uniformed roles such as patrol and custody, before periods in the control room, corporate support and local policing. He has also spent time within investigations.
He was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable within Norfolk in June 2013 and was made substantive ACC in May 2016; he became temporary Deputy Chief Constable in October 2016. Nick was substantively promoted to DCC in February 2017.
He was appointed as the Chief Constable at Cambridgeshire Constabulary in September 2018.
In his role as Chief, Nick currently chairs the Regional Specialist Capabilities Leads meeting, supports the College of Policing in assessing Senior Officers and is passionate about ‘Policing Neighbourhoods’, working with local partnerships and communities.
Formerly a Commander with City of London Police, Jane joins the force with 27 years of both operational experience and business skills.
Deputy Chief Constable Jane Gyford said: "It's a privilege to join the force I am looking forward to getting out and meeting people in every department to really understand how things are done here, and learn what I can do to support you all.
"My focus in the coming months and years will be on supporting Chief Constable Nick Dean to deliver against the Police and Crime Plan and to ensure we build on the one team ethos, through partnerships both internally and externally.
"I have been impressed with the work I have seen in Cambridgeshire already and look forward to helping us achieving further success in the future."
DCC Gyford has 27 years policing experience, spending the majority of her career in various roles, such as public protection/safeguarding, national counter terrorism/domestic extremism intelligence, child abuse and sexual exploitation, anti-corruption proactive investigations, homicide and major incident enquiries, Specialist Firearms and organisational change in the Metropolitan Police.
Joining City Of London Police in 2016, DCC Gyford led the Intelligence and Information Directorate, before becoming Commander Operations and Security in 2017, holding responsibility for all policing operations and investigations, and protective security.
In her most recent role with City of London Police she led the transformation programme to make the City of London Police a more effective and efficient force alongside the Secure City programme to design a future proof City and police force in line with the 2025 Policing vision.
Chief Finance Officer and Director of Resources, Jon Lee
Jon is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) having qualified for full membership of the Chartered Institute of Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in 2004. He joined the Constabulary in December 2020 as Chief Finance Officer and Director of Resources. His portfolio includes Finance, Estates, Payroll, Insurance, Uniform Stores, Fleet and Procurement.
As the CFO and S151 Officer Jon has a key role for the Constabulary in the financial governance of the tri-force collaboration between Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) and other areas of collaboration. Jon brings 9 years of shared service experience to the Constabulary’s partnership arrangements. Immediately prior to joining the Constabulary he had the role of Head of Integrated Finance Services leading a team of professional staff across multiple locations delivering finance services to a range of public sector bodies including County, Unitary and Districts Councils and a Fire Authority.
Prior to joining the Constabulary Jon has 19 years of experience in the local government sector having joined Cambridgeshire County Council in 2000 and moving to Northamptonshire County Council as part of the LGSS Shared Service in 2010. Over this time Jon has held varied finance roles covering Internal Audit, Finance Business Partnering, Accounts Closure, Treasury Management, Project Finance, Capital Programme Management, Schools Strategic Funding and a Deputy S151 Officer role.
Keen on his sports Jon regularly plays football and has run the London Marathon twice in 2018 and 2019 raising funds for Alzheimer’s Research. Jon also volunteers as a School Governor for a local Cambridgeshire school in his home town.
Detective Chief Superintendent, Chris Mead
Chris joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1991 as a Control Room Operator, then becoming a Constable in May 1993.
Whilst predominantly working within the arena of Investigations, Chris has undertaken a range of operational and investigative roles across the Constabulary, including being Area Commander for Huntingdonshire and Head of Public Protection.
During his service Chris has been commended on eleven occasions, four Chief Constable’s, two Divisional Commanders and five Judges Commendations for his role in leading serious and complex investigations, including attempted murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, false imprisonment and conspiracy offences.
Chris was awarded the National Family Liaison Officer of the Year in 2004 for his role as a Family Liaison Officer in the Soham Investigation into the deaths of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
Chris achieved PIP 3 investigative status in 2008 and is also a Post Incident Manager and Strategic Firearms Commander.
Chris was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent in September 2016.
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Sarah Cooper, Head of Corporate Communications
Sarah has been head of corporate communications since July 2013, following two years as marketing manager for the Constabulary.
Sarah has worked for a number of public, private and third sector organisations during her career, although the majority of her time has been spent working in the police service - both locally and nationally.
Responsible for developing and delivering long term communication strategies for the force, in line with the organisation's aims and objectives, Sarah is the senior communications advisor to Chief Officers and the Force Executive Board. She is also responsible for ensuring the consistency in communications across a variety of channels to both internal and external audiences, through the communications team.
Sarah has a BA (Hons) in Journalism, is a qualified journalist, has a Chartered Institute of Public Relations diploma and a Chartered Management Institute diploma in management and leadership.
Sarah is a member of the Force Executive Board, is based at headquarters in Huntingdon and reports directly to Chief Constable Nick Dean.
Sarah said: “The aim of the department is to effectively keep both internal colleagues and members of the public informed about the force.
“We seek to prevent crime and reassure the public through engaging with our communities and delivering regular awareness campaigns through the means of both traditional and social media.”
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Rachel Wilkinson, Director of HR
Rachel was appointed the Director of Human Resources (HR) for the collaborated Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire forces in April 2016.
Previously, Rachel was the Director of HR for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies between 2010 and 2016. During her time with Norfolk and Suffolk, Rachel led the collaboration of the two HR departments as well as leading on harmonisation for pay and conditions whilst successfully completing the Strategic Command Course.
She was appointed Director of HR for Suffolk in March 2010 but took up the newly created joint role for the two forces in January 2011.
Her career in HR started in the Health Service, before spending 13 years at Nottingham City Council, working her way up through various HR management positions across a number of departments, including Social Services, Leisure and Community Services, City Treasurer’s Department and Corporate HR.
In 2006, Rachel joined Kettering Borough Council as their Head of HR, before relocating to Suffolk in 2010 to take up the role of Director of HR with the County’s Police Force.
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Jonathan Black, Director of ICT
Jonathan was appointed as Director of ICT for Collaborated Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire forces in November 2016.
He joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in June 2001 and in that time has held a number of key ICT roles, including Head of Product Development and Head of Service Delivery. He is a qualified ITIL Expert, programme and project manager.
Jonathan is responsible for defining and delivering a strategic vision for ICT across the three forces providing technology that supports local, regional and national policing demand. Jonathan is a member of the National Police Technology Council supporting the wider improvement of ICT services across UK Policing.
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