Chief Constable, Nick Dean
Nick has more than 26 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 was appointed temporary assistant chief constable in June 2013 and was made substantive in May 2016, and became temporary deputy chief constable in October 2016. Nick was substantively promoted to DCC in February 2017.
He started at Chief Constable at Cambridgeshire Constabulary in September 2018.
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.
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Assistant Chief Constable, Dan Vajzovic
Assistant Chief Constable Dan Vajzovic attended the Strategic Command Course in 2017 and was appointed as the head of local policing in Cambridgeshire in April that year.
Prior to that Dan performed roles as temporary Assistant Chief Constable heading up both the Joint Protective Services of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and also lead for the Eastern Region Organised Crime Unit and the Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit.
Dan joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1997 after reading Chemical Engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge. During his 20 years of policing Dan has been the force’s head of operations, the area commander for the city of Peterborough and has headed the force Professional Standards Department. In 2011 Dan also led the force response to austerity “Operation Re-Design”.
His background is predominantly in crime investigation having worked in serious and organised crime, public protection and volume crime environments. Dan is currently the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) lead for the policing of air shows and leads the NPCC working group on prostitution and sex working. Dan is married with two children and outside of work he is an active climber having reached the peak of the Old Man of Hoy as part of his 40th birthday celebrations.
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.
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.
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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Niki Howard, Chief Finance Officer
Niki joined local government 30 years ago in the Treasury Department at Leicester City Council as a finance clerk and moved upwards through a variety of finance roles whilst completing her Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy exams along the way.
Before joining the force Niki was situated in London working for the Local Government Association heading up the shared finance function operating across 12 separate companies. Before that Niki was director of finance for Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.
Niki joined the police service in October 2006 as director of finance (now chief finance officer) for Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
Her remit covers Financial Services, Contracts, Stores, Fleet, Facilities and Estates, Business Support and Insurance Services. Niki regularly goes out to the policing front line because she would say that an understanding of the problems and pressures officers face helps her to ensure that the budget is going to the right areas of business.
Niki had nine months acting as the chief finance officer for the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, duel hatting alongside her day job. Niki is a member of the National Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme which is delivering the replacement for airwaves across blue light services and her national portfolio for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) includes work on several HMIC reference groups.
Niki has been a syndicate director for the Senior Leadership Programme since January 2011 for the Police College, having assisted in the design of the programme currently running.
In February 2014, Niki undertook the role of syndicate director for the Strategic Command Course on the ‘business and partnership’ week and repeated this role in 2016. Niki also regularly assists with the design of Senior Police National Assessment Centre course material.
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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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