I have recently retired after a 30 year career in the Metropolitan Police Service. During that time I was a Senior Investigating Officer in the first generation of specialist murder investigation teams in the Met, as well as leading the teams dealing with child abuse across South West London.
A number of high profile postings in Brixton and Lambeth were followed by a period running the private office of Sir John Stevens, one of the most high profile and active Commissioners in the history of the Met. Having attended the Strategic Command Course (SCC) in 2003, I was promoted to the rank of Commander.
For five years I was the officer in overall command of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command – the specialist teams dealing with serious crime and homicide in London. I also oversaw the review of the way that the Met deals with the investigation of rape, and was the lead for the child abuse investigation command – dealing with all aspects of child abuse and paedophile activity.
In 2009 I was awarded the QPM for services to policing. Since leaving the service, I have remained active in the police area – designing the professional skills element of the 2014 SCC and an innovative leadership programme for Police Scotland. I remain a well informed and current developer of thinking and understanding in the areas of the investigation of crime – and I am a strong advocate for the role of the professional investigator/detective in law enforcement generally.
I welcome the opportunity to transfer my extensive knowledge, experience and skills to others through the London Policing College and look forward to assist in shaping the college agenda as a member of the Board.