My current role at Essex Police is as Assistant Chief Constable heading up the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate. I am 47 years old and have 2 children. Emma, who is 18 years old and about to go off to study at university, and James, who is 10 and in his last year of primary school.
My hobbies include travelling and hiking with my family and our pet dog Toby. I enjoy history and so link this to my travels, visiting some amazing places over the years to learn about culture, their history and the food!
My biggest achievements have been to excel in my career and to have had such a varied career to date. Outside of work, I have previously been a member of the Officer Training Corporation whilst at university. I enjoy skiing, running and the outdoors in general.
My children are a source of pride to me and I know that my daughter has looked up to me as a role model and achieved great things in her short life, finally accepting her place at one of the best further education establishments in the country.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The variety of work and the people I work with, and have worked with, throughout my 26 years.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
I think the injustice of having the opportunity of achieving the same as others or being treated differently due to characteristic you inherently own whether chosen or not is just blatantly unfair.
How do you think Essex Police values difference?
I think Essex Police are one of the most tolerant organisations I have experienced. I feel the support offered and the opportunities if you work hard are immense and I feel that those who put in hard work and effort get good things out. The ability to offer a flexible working environment with the benefit of agile working has been a huge enabler for me and others to manage families and their lives outside of Essex Police. I believe Essex Police look outwardly to improve in this area and looks to strengthen its workforce by utilising skills and abilities from outside. In addition, the organisation also looks to learn and gather support from those diverse communities who it serves to continuously improve.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
My role includes supporting a group of people from different teams and levels to progress in their own career and not just the people I am responsible for. This mentoring/coaching approach is common in Essex Police and provides me with a real sense of achievement when I can support others who have similar experiences to me to progress and learn as people.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
Essex Police support applications from all communities. One of the daughters of my partner’s work colleague was praising Essex Police for the support she had with her dyslexia during the recruitment process. She couldn’t believe how it had been recognised and the practical support she received. She passed and has now got a starting date. This experience has been shared far and wide in Waitrose!