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Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott

Katie Elliott

Head of Joint Professional Standards

The Joint Professional Standards Department consists of:

  • Serious Cases Unit
  • Complaints Management Unit
  • Appeals and Policy Unit
  • Vetting Unit
  • Anti-Corruption Unit

The department provides a service to the public, The Police and Crime Commissioners and Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies by:

  • managing investigations into complaints made by the public about the police
  • investigating internal misconduct allegations
  •  reducing the risk of corruption and preserving the integrity of the organisations.

As head of department, Katie Elliott is responsible for:

  • Delivering the strategic direction and delivery of the strategic aims of PSD, to provide a service to the public, OPCC’s and to Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.
  • Ensuring all public complaints are assessed, recorded and investigations are managed in line with the Police Reform Act, referred to the IOPC where necessary, allocated appropriately for investigation and complainants kept up to date as per statutory requirement.
  • Overseeing the investigation of the most serious, sensitive and complex public complaints and all conduct matters relating to Norfolk and Suffolk officers and staff.
  • Ensuring the preservation of the actual and perceived integrity of the organisation, through the central authorisation of business interests, the monitoring of gifts and hospitalities and the vetting of new recruits, volunteers, partners and re-vetting and enhanced vetting of existing officers and staff.
  • Ensuring the reduction of the risk of corruption within Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies through proactive intelligence gathering, effective investigation and targeted preventative work.
  • Being the appeal body for appeals in respect of relevant public complaints and provide effective liaison between the Constabularies and the IOPC.

Superintendent Jon Dodman

Jon Dodman

Head of Specialist Operations, Norfolk & Suffolk Constabularies

Supt Dodman has over 27 years’ experience in policing having served in Essex Police prior to joining the Suffolk Constabulary in April 2013. Supt Dodman has spent the majority of his career in uniform operations and has served as a public order officer in all ranks.

The post of Head of Specialist Operations involves being the Superintendent in charge of Roads Policing & Firearms Operations Unit, Firearm Training, Dog Section, Operational Planning and Firearms Licensing.

Supt Dodman is qualified in all areas of Operational Command, he is a Specialist Strategic Firearms Commander, a Gold Public Order Commander and holds BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees.

Email: [email protected]

Corporate Communications

Corporate Communications consists of:

  • News Team
  • Digital Media Team
  • Internal Communications Team
  • Business Unit Team

Corporate Communications delivers media relations, internal communications and digital communications support as well as offering advice on reputation and communications management.

    Sarah Bolt 

    Sarah Bolt

    Head of Joint Corporate Development and Change 

    The Corporate Development and Change Department consists of:

    • Organisational Development – overseeing the development of organisational strategy, planning, risk management, continuous improvement, outcome based budgeting, policy and procedures and reducing bureaucracy.
    • Change Portfolios – encompassing the Business Support Review (BSR), Protective Services, Justice Services collaboration, and single force change programmes.
    • Business Applications – coordinating the delivery of the Digital Strategy, as well as the development and delivery of front, middle and back office IT business solutions such as Storm & the Enterprise Resource Planning system.  The future programme also includes development of Athena, the national Emergency Service Mobile Communications Project, and body worn video supported by an effective network and storage infrastructure. 
    • The Programme Management Office (PMO) – the planning and information hub for the Change Programme and Department, overseeing all existing change work, delivery of business benefits as well as future change planning for both Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.

    As Head of Department, Sarah Bolt is responsible for:

    • Strategic & Service Planning;
    • Organisational Development including:
      • outcome based budgeting,
      • continuous improvement,
      • policy & procedure, and
      • risk management;
    • Delivery of the change programme;
    • Delivery of the Digital Strategy, major applications and enabling technology.

    Duncan Potter
    Duncan Potter
    (Acting) Head of Joint Estates Department.

    The Joint Estates Department consists of:

    • Estates Services – to provide building maintenance, project work and estate management functions.
    • Facilities Services – to provide premises soft services including caretaking, grounds, cleaning and catering functions.
    • PFI Contract Management Services – to provide effective monitoring and compliance of our PFI contract functions.

    As Head of Department, Duncan Potter is responsible for:

    • Policy and procedures relating to the management of the estate.
    • Keeping our premises safe.
    • The delivery of estate strategy projects and other estates related capital programme works.
    • The delivery of our environmental strategy to reduce our energy consumption, energy costs and carbon footprint.
    • The provision of 24/7 building maintenance and related soft services to our premises.
    • The effective management of Estate Department contractors and professional services consultants

    Email: [email protected]

    Peter Jasper

    Peter Jasper

    Head of Joint Finance Department

    The Joint Finance Department consists of:

    •  Corporate Accounting and Business Partners
    •  Financial Accounting and Specialist Functions
    • Transactional Services

    The department’s main purpose is to support and underpin operational policing by ensuring that financial resources and operational strategies are matched. This is to ensure proper governance arrangements are in place to cover financial matters in relation to Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.

    As head of department, Peter Jasper is responsible for:

    • Undertaking strategic financial planning, and all accountancy services including budgetary control and the production of statutory financial information.
    • Delivering specialist financial advice on Treasury Management, taxation, insurance, payroll and the provision of pension information.
    • Providing financial transactional services including payroll processing, payments of invoices to suppliers and raising of debts to third parties.
    • Leading and managing on financial governance, financial probity and financial service development.

    Email: [email protected]

    Lindsay Shankland   

    Lindsay Shankland

    Director of Human Resources

    Human Resources consists of:

    • HR Business Services
    • HR Change
    • HR Resourcing
    • HR Services
    • Learning and Development

    As Director of Human Resources, Lindsay Shankland is responsible for:

    Developing and delivering a people strategy that supports the aims and objectives of Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, to deliver their Police and Crime Plans.

    This includes

    • attracting, rewarding and retaining the right people
    • promoting, championing and supporting innovative leadership and management
    • inspiring a culture of inclusivity, good health and wellbeing
    • encouraging an agile, change-ready and flexible workforce
    • promoting a culture of collaboration and partnership working.

    James Close

    James Close

    Director of Joint ICT Department

    The Joint ICT Department consists of three functional areas:

    • ICT Operations
    • ICT Infrastructure
    • ICT Programme and Planning

    The department’s main purpose is to support and underpin operational policing by ensuring that all ICT services and equipment supports operational delivery across all areas of policing and the back office.

    The Director of department, James Close is responsible for:

    • Accountable for the continued development of the 5yr ICT Strategy ensuring that the ICT Strategy remains aligned to the two organisational Strategies by providing leadership, direction and management of the strategic planning activities to ensure current technologies are fit for purpose and future technologies are explored and implemented to increase efficiency, productivity and drive down cost.
    • Accountable for the delivery of all ICT services across the two counties to published service level agreements, maintaining operational effectiveness of the 120+ sites/6000 users and the two mission critical control rooms.
    • Accountable for the overall provision of the ICT network and data centres ensuring disaster recovery/business continuity plans are in place to meet the needs of the organisations and the civil contingency act.
    • Contribute as a member of the Joint Chief Officers Team providing professional advice and guidance on all ICT and technical matters, to ensure these considerations are an integral part of the decision and policy making process, and the Chief Officer Group is best informed to meet statutory obligations, strategic ambitions and delivery of quality services that meet the needs and aspirations of the two organisations.
    • To lead, motivate, performance manage, train, develop and harness the skills and expertise of a team of c120 ICT staff across multiple sites, in order to effectively support the delivery of quality, cost effective, operational support services and the delivery of organisational strategic priorities.
    • Maintain services in line with ITIL best practice, ensuring technology alignment to Home Office, Police ICT Company, National Policing and Regional policing standards and technologies.
    • Accountable for the effective development, management, prioritisation and delivery of the ICT Programme, which includes Estates, Tech Refresh and the Corporate Change projects as well as the introduction of new technologies.
    • Lead the continuous improvement, innovation and development of ICT service delivery, through initiatives and review of departmental performance, ICT policy and practices/processes, to drive the achievement of quality, good practice and effective customer focused outcomes, which meet legislative and statutory requirements whilst providing value for money.
    • Accountable for the allocated budgets and resources with ICT and the change programme to ensure they are effectively managed, controlled and deployed to meet the needs of the department to meet organisational aims and objectives.
    • Accountable for the asset lifecycle for ICT goods and services ensuring technical refresh life cycles are appropriate and detailed in the rolling 5 year technical refresh programme which should reflect industry best practice and value for money.
    • Provide high level advice and guidance on ICT procurement in the complex areas ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation, directives, national policies and standards and best practice.
    • Coordinate and facilitate consultation with stakeholders to define business and system requirements for new technology implementations.
    • Develop and maintain partnership relationships with other blue light agencies and the wider public sector, promoting the sharing of information and best practice to ensure the constabularies benefit from national and local improvement initiatives to drive efficient and effective policing in Norfolk and Suffolk.

    Email: [email protected]

    Hayley Youngs

    Hayley Youngs

    Head of Joint Information Management

    The Information Management Department has three specialist departments that support and enable the Constabulary to meet its legislative information management obligations:-

    • Information Compliance Unit (Comprises of the Data Protection, Freedom of Information & Disclosure and Barring Teams) – This unit provides advice and guidance to both the Constabulary and members of the public on statutory information rights and legislative obligations, including, fair processing, audit & compliance, data quality, access and disclosure of information (including the provision of relevant information to the Disclosure and Barring Service and regulatory bodies to support safer recruitment decisions for those working with children and vulnerable persons), information sharing initiatives, Privacy Impact Assessments,  management of information assets and training.   
    • Information Security Unit – This unit provides advice and guidance on Information security, with an overall aim to maintain the confidentiality, integrity and availability of Constabulary information.  This includes controls for physical, personnel, procedural and technical security.  Information Security Unit is also responsible for managing compliance with national frameworks and Codes of Connection.
    • Records Management Unit – This Unit provides advice and guidance on Management of Police Information (MoPI); review, retention and disposal (RRD); and secure on- and off-site storage, including the effective filing and retrieval of files/media.

    As Head of Information Management, Hayley Youngs is responsible for taking a strategic and advisory lead in ensuring the effective management Constabulary information and of the joint information management function, ensuring the Constabularies’ legal obligations and national requirements are effectively discharged.  In particular this involves responsibility for the management and performance of the following functions:

    • Freedom of Information
    • Data Protection
    • Information Sharing
    • Audit & Compliance
    • Disclosure and Barring
    • Information Security
    • Records Management. 

    Email: [email protected]

    Gemma Stannard

    Gemma Stannard

    Head of Joint Performance and Analysis

    The Joint Performance and Analysis Department consists of:

    • Strategic Analysis
    • Tactical Analysis
    • Research and Information
    • Improvement and Evaluation
    • Crime Registry and Audit Teams

    The department produces objective and ethical products that aid strategic and tactical organisational and operational decision making and support the Constabularies in embedding the principles of Evidence Based Policing.

    As head of department, Gemma Stannard is responsible for:

    • The development and delivery of the department’s functions and products.
    • Setting the strategic direction in accordance with the requirements of the Constabularies and Office of Police and Crime Commissioners
    • Leading strategically for the Constabularies on Evidence Based Policing
    • Developing and ensuring the delivery of an EBP strategy and associated aim and vision. 

    Email: [email protected]


    Len Matthews

    Len Matthews

    Joint Head of Procurement and Supplies

    The Procurement and Supplies department consists of:

    • Regional Development Delivery and Commissioning
    • Commercial Team
    • Stores Team
    • Supplies Team
    • Print Unit

    The primary role of the department is to develop joint initiatives that deliver efficiencies and economies of scale, beneficial to all organisations.  The department also reviews and promotes the full use of national, regional and local agreements to secure improved value for money.

    As head of department, Len Matthews is responsible for:

    • Advising and co-ordinating a joint procurement policy and to provide assistance and advice to all Departments in relation to the external supply of goods and services; ensuring adherence to contract standing orders, EU Directives and Public Supply Contract Regulations 2015.
    • Oversee contract monitoring for strategic contracts.
    • Liaising directly with regional partners.
    • Actively contribute to a joint County wide Procurement Working Group in order to develop best practice.
    • Manage any skills gap, develop, undertake and promote a training programme in order to improve the performance of procurement staff.
    • Measure the outcomes resulting from the implementation and deadlines identified in the Financial Services Development Plan.
    • Maintain and update the joint Norfolk, Suffolk Contracts Register.

    Email: [email protected]

    Mark Davy

    Mark Davy

    Joint Head of Transport Services

    The Transport Services Department consists of:

    • management and administrative section
    • vehicle and engineering workshops
    • vehicle commissioning centre
    • driver resources section.

    The role of the Joint Transport Services Department is to provide an efficient and effective vehicle and transport service to Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies and Police and Crime Commissioners, meeting the operational policing needs under value-for-money principles within the resources available. It also makes sure services are consistent with Government, The Police and Crime Commissioner’s and Chief Constable’s policies, and UK/EU legislation.

    As Head of Department, Mark Davy is responsible for:

    • Assisting the Police and Crime Commissioners and Constabularies in delivering the best service possible for the communities of Norfolk and Suffolk.
    • Providing the most cost effective service, optimising value for money for the tax-payer.
    • Minimising carbon foot-print, reducing journey numbers and length whilst considering alternative travel methods.
    • Maximising operational performance and public reassurance through the provision of a fit for purpose vehicle fleet.
    • Ensuring robust corporate governance and risk management.
    • Ensuring a high standard of health and safety.
    • Projecting a strong corporate image.
    • Realising partnership opportunities as appropriate.
    • Utilising emerging technology as appropriate.

    Email: [email protected]

    Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes

    Head of Safeguarding and Investigations

    Simon Parkes joined Essex Police in 1994 having had no success seeking employment as a Mining Geologist.

    In 2002 Simon worked as a Sergeant on a Child Abuse Investigation team and has held detective roles ever since.

    As a Detective Inspector Simon led CID, Intelligence and covert teams. Following a regional secondment he managed an Essex based Serious and Organised Crime team.

    In 2010 Simon was promoted to Det. Chief Inspector in charge of the county’s response to Serious and Organised Crime.

    As a Senior Investigating Officer Simon led a number of notable investigations - the blackmail of an international sportsman, the dismantling of a high threat organised crime group and the savage murder a woman within her home.

    Simon moved to one of three Essex Major Investigation Teams where he lead two Cat A murder investigations and a number of challenging crime-in-action enquiries including the £660,000 blackmail of ‘Barnaby’, a high profile public figure.

    In 2013 Simon transferred to Suffolk Police as Detective Superintendent leading the ‘covert intelligence’ portfolio for Norfolk and Suffolk police.

    In 2015 Simon became the temporary head of Norfolk and Suffolk Protective Services before being promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent.

    Simon now leads Suffolk Safeguarding and Investigations command and is the Force lead for Hostage and Crisis Negotiation.

    Chief Superintendent Julie Wvendth

    CSupt Julie Wvendth
    Head of Joint Justice Services

    Joint Justice Services (JJS) consists of:

    • Criminal Justice Service
    • Custody
    • Custody Investigation Unit

    JJS is responsible for managing detainee services at each of the six purpose-built Police Investigations Centres (PICs) in Norfolk and Suffolk. This allows Custody Investigation Unit (CIU) officers and staff to provide an important service to support front line officers by managing detainees through the investigative process. Cases are then managed through the Criminal Justice Service to CPS, the Courts and wider Criminal Justice System.

    As head of department, C/Supt Julie Wvendth is responsible for ensuring that:

    • a high quality of service is provided to the users of our modern, purpose built custody facilities, including detainees
    • investigations and interviews are completed to a high standard
    • the use of technology is maximised to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the CJS
    • case files are built to the National File Standard requirements with a clear focus on File Quality
    • services to victims of crime through the court process meet the requirements of the Victims’ Code of Practice
    • collaborative working between Norfolk and Suffolk in Joint Justice maximises the benefits to both Constabularies
    • partnership working with Criminal Justice agencies, including the Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, Youth Offending Teams and National Probation Service leads to a more efficient and effective Criminal Justice System.

    Email: [email protected]

    Chief Superintendent David Skevington

    David Skevington
    Head of Joint Protective Services

    As Head of Protective Services, David is the Head of Crime for both Norfolk Constabulary and Suffolk Constabulary.

    Ch Supt Skevington joined Suffolk Police in 1989 as a Police Constable in Haverhill.
    Much of his career has been spent within the Criminal Investigation Department.

    Ch Supt Skevington has led departments dealing with Police Intelligence and Covert Operations
    and in 2006 set up Suffolk Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Directorate. He is a Senior
    Investigating Officer and has led a number of Major Criminal Investigations in Suffolk.

    In 2009 he was promoted to Superintendent for West Suffolk before taking up a position
    as the Ipswich Policing Commander later that year. In 2011 he was appointed as the
    County Policing Commander for Suffolk.

    He was then promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Protective Services Command for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies in 2012.

    In 2013 Ch Supt Skevington was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, where he had responsibility for Territorial Policing across Suffolk and remained in this role until September 2015, when he became part of the Suffolk Change Programme overseeing the Local Policing Review.

    He was once again appointed to the role of County Policing Commander for Suffolk in December 2015.

    He is also a Strategic and Specialist Firearms Commander and Gold Public Order Commander and has completed the Senior Police Leadership Development Programme.

    Email: [email protected]

    Chief Superintendent Jennifer Eves

    County Policing Commander

    The County Policing Command provides the local policing service to the county and includes:

    • emergency response
    • safer neighbourhood teams
    • community safety

    Chief Finance Officer Chris Bland

    Chris Bland
    Mr. Bland joined the Constabulary in July 2007, having previously worked as a qualified accountant in the National Health Service in Suffolk since 1988. He is Chief Finance Officer for both the Chief Constable of Suffolk and the Police & Crime Commissioner.  He is responsible for the financial affairs of both the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Constabulary, ensuring both are properly administered.

    Email:    [email protected] – Executive Support

    Assistant Chief Constable Simon Megicks

    ACC Simon Megicks
    ACC Simon Megicks began his role as Head of Protective Services for Norfolk and Suffolk on Monday 5 June.

    ACC Megicks joined us from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, where he has served as an officer since 1996.

    Simon has served in a variety of roles and currently oversees the Collaborated Change Portfolio for all operational support functions including Contact Management across collaboration for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridge.

    His new role will involve overseeing the delivery of Cyber and Serious Crime, Intelligence, Major Investigations, Forensics, Specialist Operations and Criminal Justice.

    He will also be leading the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) across both forces and is the chair of the Eastern Regional Mobile Policing user group.

    ACC Megicks said: “Given recent events, it couldn’t be a more challenging time to be starting as Head of Protective Services.

    "However, I’ve already had a number of conversations with both Chief Officer teams where they’ve spoken very highly about the workforce in the two forces so I’m really looking forward to getting started.

    “I’ve already visited Norfolk’s headquarters in Wymondham and Suffolk’s in Martlesham and I was made to feel very welcome in both, as well as getting a sense that the collaborative working practices are already very strongly embedded.”

    Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton

    Rachel Kearton
    ACC Kearton joined Suffolk Police in September 2015 as Assistant Chief Constable, after working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office based in Turkey. She has more than 20 years’ policing experience, having served in Hampshire and West Yorkshire Police Forces, before joining Northumbria Police in 2007.

    She has worked in a variety of roles including as head of Northumbria’s specialist uniform policing services, leading units including roads policing, the dog section and firearms, area policing commander in two separate districts and head of Northumbria’s Corporate Development.

    As Assistant Chief Constable, ACC Kearton has responsibility for Territorial Policing across Suffolk which includes Response and Safer Neighbourhood teams, the Criminal Investigation Department, the Special Constabulary, Protecting Vulnerable People, Community Safety and the Contact and Control Room.

    Email:  [email protected] – Executive Assistant

    Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Jupp

    Stephen Jupp

    Mr. Jupp joined Suffolk Constabulary in April 2015 from Nottinghamshire Police where, in his role as Assistant Chief Constable, he was responsible for Crime Investigation and Reduction.

    His policing career so far has had a particular focus on tackling serious and organised crime and has seen him occupy key senior posts including that of Detective Chief Superintendent at West Midlands Police. He has also served with the Metropolitan Police Service.

    In his current role as Deputy Chief Constable he has responsibility for Corporate Development and Change, Human Resources, Performance, Professional Standards, Equality and Diversity, Information Management, Inspection and Review, Corporate Communications, and Business Continuity.

    Email: [email protected]


    Chief Constable Gareth Wilson

    Chief Constable Gareth Wilson

    Gareth Wilson is Suffolk Constabulary's Chief Constable.

    Gareth joined Suffolk Constabulary in July 2014 in the role of Deputy Chief Constable and was appointed as Chief Constable for Suffolk in January 2016, after an 11 month term as temporary chief.

    Prior to this Gareth was Assistant Chief Constable at Norfolk Constabulary, serving as the collaborative lead for Protective Services in Norfolk and Suffolk, overseeing the delivery of serious and organised crime, intelligence, major investigation, forensics and specialist operations along with Criminal Justice and Royalty Protection.

    Gareth joined Norfolk Constabulary in 2012, having previously served with Essex Police since 1989 where he spent his 23 years in a mix of both CID and uniformed roles including a significant period of time as a Senior Investigating Officer and finally as the Detective Chief Superintendent for the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

    Gareth chairs the National Police Chief’s Council Committee on Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, and is also the national lead for Homicide, and Investigations. Regionally, Gareth is the lead Chief Constable for the seven force collaboration programme and the lead for Disaster Victim Identification.

    Gareth has completed a degree from the University of Essex, a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Excellence from the University of Leeds, a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University and a Master’s Degree in Public Enterprise and Management from the University of Essex. In his spare time Gareth and his family enjoys riding their two horses and walking their five dogs.

    Email: [email protected]  – Senior Executive Assistant