90 days from today is Wed, 22 December 2021
I joined Wiltshire Police in 2002 and have served in various uniformed roles throughout the county including Neighbourhood Policing, Response, Custody and within the Staff Office. Before becoming Wiltshire Federation Chair I was one of the 5 Community Police Team Inspectors within Swindon. My life pre police included managerial experience within the military and private industry.
I took over the role of Chair in Dec 2018 after the first vote involving all federated members, something I am really proud of. Prior to becoming the Chair I served over 4 years as a Rep assisting colleagues from all over the force with various issues. I found this truly fulfilling and would recommend this to any colleague considering becoming a Federation Rep. I was also the Professional Development Lead for Wiltshire Federation where I fought to influence decision making on the future of policing.
My aim as Chair is to ensure we are a Federation for all, a source of information around Police Regulations, Employment Rights, Health and Safety and so many other topics relating to wellbeing and support. I don’t want us to just be here for those officers who unfortunately find themselves in difficulties; but to be here for all to help make our organisation more efficient by being proportionate and effective when managing staff.
I joined Wiltshire Police in 2001 gaining my knowledge of policing from working in the following area’s; Swindon tutor unit and Neighbourhood policing, to the Integrated Youth Offending Team with Wiltshire Council. Working alongside Social workers, probation officers and MH workers. Then returning to uniform on the Local Crime Team in Melksham and in Swindon. Finally in 2016, I moved to response in County stationed at the Borough in Devizes.
During my service I have taken on extra ancillary roles; one on the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), mortuary assistant role of DVI, a Licenced Search Officer and in 2017 I became a workplace Federation representative. Where I have completed compulsory courses, with the recent being Ill Health Retirement. During my Federation time I have supported officers across the County in performance and attendance requirements, . I have a proactive and positive attitude towards challenging and new situations.
In March 2021 I took over as the Wiltshire Federation General Secretary, my aim is for the wellbeing of all our members, to ensure they are treated fairly in the workplace and given the opportunities to further their careers, whilst maintaining a good working positive environment.