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 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.

 Chief Constable Nick Dean

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Deputy Chief Constable, Jane Gyford

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.

Detective Chief Superintendent, Martin Brunning

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Brunning is the Head of Safeguarding, Serious and Organised Crime and Intelligence within Cambridgeshire Constabulary. He has 22 years’ service and has worked for Cambridgeshire for the duration, initially as a Special Constable before joining the Constabulary as a Police Constable in 1995.

Martin Brunning

Professionally, Martin has spent recent years in Specialist Crime departments, including Major Crime, Counter Terrorism and Domestic Extremism both in the collaborated arena and local policing. Currently his role sees him responsible for the service delivery of safeguarding standards across the force and the performance of vulnerability based crime types. He oversees the management of the Serious and Organised Crime threat, working locally and regionally with the EROCU. Locally, Martin also oversees the Covert Authorities Bureau and Force Surveillance Team and forms part of a resilience team to the Authorising Officer, as an accredited AO. As a Detective Superintendent he held the roles of Force Crime Manager, Director of Intelligence, Head of Contact Management and the Head of Public Protection.

Martin is an accredited PIP4 – (Strategic Management of Complex Investigations), PIP 3 (Senior Investigating Officer) (SIO) & licensed Kidnap and Extortion SIO and until 2015 worked within the collaborated (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire) Major Crime Unit. During his time as a Major Crime SIO Martin had the privilege of leading many homicide, kidnap and other complex crime investigations. In 2014, Martin was presented with the accolade of National SIO of The Year by the ACPO Homicide Working Group.

He has lead complex murder investigations involving international law enforcement partners in Lithuania and Poland following the kidnap and murder of a Lithuanian national within the UK, found buried in Poland. More recently Martin led the linked-investigation and cross-border (with West Mercia) murder enquiry into serial killer Joanne Dennehy, who killed three men over 14 days and near-fatally attacking two more men in Hereford, whilst on the run.

Detective Chief Superintendent, Chris Mead

Chris joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1991 as a Control Room Operator, then becoming a Constable in May 1993.

Detective Chief Superintendent (DCS) Chris Mead

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 Cooper Head of Corporate CommunicationsSarah 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. 

Rachel Wilkinson Director of HRPreviously, 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.

Jonathan Black, Director of ICT

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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