Q2 – My experience for the role. My answers to the 20 questions asked of PCC candidates

Question 2

What have you previously done in your life that has prepared you for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner?

I have been fortunate to have had a varied life.

I started my working life as a Police Cadet in Hampshire before going the RAF as an aircraft technician. For the last 8 years of my 22 years in the RAF I worked at the HQ responsible for the design and introduction into service of a computer system to manage the Hawk aircraft, including the Red Arrows and Tucano fleets. Much of my time was spent letting contracts with third party commercial companies to ensure the project stayed within budget and met the desired outcomes. It is still in service to this day.

I was the IT director for an international computer chip design company and in addition became the quality director. I introduced and set up a Risk committee ahead of public flotation at a valuation of £1.b.

I have served as an independent member of Cambridgeshire Police Authority. I was the Police Authority lead for performance and was the deputy chair of the scrutiny and audit committee and deputy chair of the performance panel.

I was a founding Trustee of Addenbrookes Abroad, a charity to promote better engagement with other third world countries.

I set up  a children’s charity in Cambridgeshire to help prevent children getting into trouble.

When I was an elected Councillor at Cambridgeshire eCounty Council I was the Chairman of the Safer and Stronger Scrutiny Committee.

As the Leader of CCC I chaired the Local Government Shared Services, Cabinet, Health and Wellbeing Board, Cambridgeshire’s Leaders and Chief Officers group. I was also a Board member of the LEP.

Much of my time was spent in the area of commissioning services and getting best value from suppliers.

I was the founding Non Executive Director of the Cambridgeshire & Counties bank, a joint collaboration between CCC and a Cambridge college.

I have also been an operating board member of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Federation of Small Businesses and a member of the East of England migrant workers steering group.

I was the CEO of an International IT support company with a whole owned subsiduary in Sri Lanka.

I now am the notional MD for two family run businesses that family members run.

And I play cricket and gold locally!


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