Committee of Management

  • Largely made up of people from the Police Service who volunteer to govern Police Mutual.

  • Ensure that everything we do is in the interests of our members and the Police Service.

  • Ultimately responsible for our values, membership and relationship with the Police Service.

  • Supervises our Managing Board and Executive Team.

  • Committee members are elected at the Annual General Meeting, by our Force Authorised Officers, who represent the views of their respective Forces.

Mike Cunningham QPM, Chief Executive Officer – College of Policing
President
Mike Cunningham's Police career began when he joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1987. He was operational across the constabulary in a number of different roles and he became Blackpool's divisional commander in 2002. He attended the Strategic Command Course in 2005 becoming Deputy Chief Constable in 2007. During his service with Lancashire Constabulary, he was known for his strong commitment to diversity as evidenced by his determination to take on the role of ACPO Lead for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. In 2009 he was appointed Chief Constable in Staffordshire Police.

Nationally, he has led the Police Service as chair of the ACPO Counter Corruption Advisory Group, as lead for Professional Standards and as lead of the National Policing Workforce Development Business Area. In 2013 he was awarded a Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours list. Most recently he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Staffordshire University.

Mike Cunningham was appointed as Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary in September 2014 and had responsibility for forces in the North of England and Northern Ireland and national portfolios of work including Police efficiency, legitimacy and leadership. Prior to joining the Police, he graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in Theology in 1984 and became a teacher.

He was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer, College of Policing in November 2017 and took up the position in January 2018. He was elected to the Committee of Management as a Vice President in 2013. Mike was appointed President in May 2019.

Professor Sir Jon Murphy QPM DL LLB (Hons) – formerly Chief Constable Merseyside Police
Chair
Sir Jon Murphy joined Merseyside Police as a Cadet in January 1975. Following uniform roles, including being a member of the force support group on the front line of the 1981 Toxteth riots, he entered the CID. There followed an almost unbroken career as a detective rising to Senior Investigating Officer and Force Operations Manager before attending the 2001 Strategic Command Course. Immediately following the course he became Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) in the National Crime Squad and led on international target operations; he also led for the UK on the establishment of the first European Joint Investigation team (JIT). He returned to Merseyside Police in 2004 as Deputy Chief Constable and during this time was the ACPO portfolio holder for Serious Organised Crime. In 2007 he reported to the then Home Secretary when he set up and led the national Tackling Gangs Action programme (TGAP) following which he spent three years as the National Serious Organised Crime Co-Ordinator. In 2010 Jon was appointed Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.  

Sir Jon has been commended on 14 occasions and received the Award of Merit. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2007 and knighted for services to policing in the 2014 Queen;'s Birthday Honours list. In the same year he was also voted the Merseyside Public Sector Leader of the Year. He has an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Liverpool, an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and is an Advanced Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).  

Sir Jon retired from his 42 year policing career in July 2016 and took up an appointment as Professor of Advanced Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. He was elected as Vice President on the Committee of Management in 2012 and appointed Chair of the Committee of Management in May 2019.

Simon Cole QPM BA (Hons), MA, DipCrim, Chief Constable Leicestershire Police
Vice President

Simon Cole became Chief Constable of Leicestershire in 2010 prior to which he was Deputy Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, having originally joined West Midlands Police on the graduate entry scheme.

As an ACPO member Simon led the national portfolio on mental health and disability, acted as the police adviser to Lord Adebowale's Independent Commission on Policing and Mental Health which focused on the Metropolitan Police and also gave evidence to The Home Affairs Select Committee on Policing Mental Health. Simon represented the Police Service on the Bradley Report Group, looking at the progress of the recommendations on liaison and diversion in custody for those who are mentally ill. He currently leads nationally for the National Police Chiefs' Council on disability issues and also represents it on the Prime Minister's Dementia Task Force. He has been acknowledged by the Employers' Forum on Disability as their Emergency Services Disability Champion in the Disability Standards Award is also Chairman for the National Police Chiefs' Council Local Policing and Partnerships Coordinating Committee. He has previously sat on the College of Policing Professional Committee and led national work for ACPO on both crime statistics within the Crime Business Area and on vetting within the Professional Standards Business Area. In 2015 Simon was asked to lead work for the National Police Chiefs' Council on the Prevent strategy.

Simon has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Durham, an MA in History from University College, Worcester, and a Diploma in Criminology and Policing from Cambridge University. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Arts by De Montfort University in 2014 and received the Queen's Police Medal in the 2014 New Year Honours List.


Andy Cooke QPM BA (Hons), Chief Constable Merseyside Police
Vice President

Andy joined Merseyside Police in 1985, after graduating with honours in Politics at Nottingham University. He was promoted through the ranks across a number of disciplines, including Robbery Squad, Target Operations and Major Crime, Senior Investigating Officer, Force Crime Reduction Co-ordinator and Operations Manager. On promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent in 2005 he became the first commander of the 'Matrix' team, responsible for tackling gun and gang-enabled crime. In 2006 he was appointed Area Commander for South Liverpool.

In 2008 Andy left Merseyside to take up the role of Assistant Chief Constable at Lancashire Constabulary with responsibility for Specialist Operations. This was followed by appointment as Assistant Chief Constable for Territorial Operations, Criminal Justice and Contact Management. He returned to Merseyside in 2012 as Assistant Chief Constable for the Operations portfolio. He was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in September 2013 and became Chief Constable in July 2016.

In 2017 he took over as National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Head of Serious & Organised Crime.

Andy joined the Committee of Management in 2018.


Charlie Hall QPM, MA (Cantab), MSc, Chief Constable Hertfordshire Constabulary
Vice President

Charlie Hall is Chief Constable for Hertfordshire Constabulary and was appointed to the role in October 2016.

Nationally, Charlie leads for the National Police Chiefs’ Council on Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), is chair of the Operations Co-ordination Committee and also leads on the policing of industrial disputes. He is also the senior responsible officer for the JESIP programme which aims to improve interoperability across the police, fire and ambulance services.

Charlie previously served with Norfolk Constabulary.

In 2017 he was awarded a Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.

Charlie was appointed to the Committee of Management as a Vice President in May 2017.


Gareth Morgan Chief Constable Staffordshire Police
Vice President

Gareth began his Police career in 1987 in West Midlands Police, joining the Accelerated Promotion Scheme in 1996 and following which he was promoted to Inspector. In 2000, he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy at Quantico and on his return was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector. In 2002 as a Superintendent, he was seconded to the Home Office, before a return to the West Midlands in 2003. The next eight years saw Gareth take up a variety of command and policy roles within West Midlands Police, before attending the Strategic Command Course. On temporary promotion in 2011 he took up the post of Chief of Staff to the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

In July 2012 he joined Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police as Assistant Chief Constable for local policing, before becoming temporary Deputy Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset in 2014, a posting that was made substantive in 2015. He was appointed Chief Constable for Staffordshire Police in June 2017. Gareth is Director of Senior National Assessment Centres and the NPCC chair of the Communications Advisory Group.

Gareth joined the Committee of Management as a Vice President in 2018.


Fiona Taylor, Deputy Chief Constable Police Scotland
Vice President

Fiona Taylor has over 24 years of experience serving as a senior officer with Lincolnshire Police, Lothian & Borders Police, Strathclyde Police and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Prior to leaving the MPS in December 2017, Fiona was Temporary Assistant Commissioner for Professionalism with strategic oversight and leadership of the Directorate of Professional Standards, Met Training, the Serious Crime Review Group and Operational Support Services.  She was the MPS lead on the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing (UCPI) and was responsible for concluding activity following the independent Henriques review into the MPS’s handling of a number of high profile historical sexual abuse investigations.

Fiona was appointed Deputy Chief Constable People and Professionalism for Police Scotland in August 2018.

She was co-opted to the Committee of Management as a Vice President in March 2019.


Claire Beck, Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Claire joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in June 1983 and worked in several roles during her career and retired as a Sergeant in 2014. Following her retirement she has remained with Cambridgeshire Constabulary working as an Internal Quality Assurer & Workplace Assessor in the collaborated, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Learning & Development Department. Claire has recently become a Special Sergeant supporting the training and development of Special Constables.  

She has been an Authorised Officer since 2002 and became Force Authorised Officer in 2004. Claire was elected to the Committee of Management in 2010 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.


David Campbell MSc, West Yorkshire Police

David joined West Yorkshire Police as a cadet in 1976 and worked in uniformed roles throughout his career, retiring from the force as an Inspector in 2010 after more than 31 years. In the year before retirement David gained an MSc in Risk, Disaster and Environmental Management, using his police experience as the basis of his studies.

Following his retirement he remained with West Yorkshire Police and is now in the force planning unit heading the force's duties planners. He gained much experience of operational policing and planning during his career, having been involved in many public order operations on the ground as well as in the planning, and was commended in 2014 for his planning around EDL demonstrations. With two sons, a daughter and daughter-in-law all working for the force, he remains in touch with daily issues surrounding our members.

David has been an Authorised Officer since 1997 and Force Authorised Officer since 2008. He joined the Committee of Management in 2012.


John Edwards, Dyfed Powys

John joined Dyfed Powys as a cadet on leaving school in 1970 then joined the regular force in 1972. He served as a constable in Carmarthen initially before being transferred to the Roads Policing Unit. He was also the deputy secretary and treasurer of the Joint Branch Board during this period, having responsibility for the health and welfare of officers. He then was seconded into the Force Control Room in 1992 until retirement in 2002. 

On retirement John joined as Support Staff working in Data Protection as the Disclosure Officer.

He became an Authorised Officer in 2004 and the Force Authorised Officer in 2008.

John joined the Committee of Management in 2017.


Carwyn Evans, Inspector South Wales Police

Carwyn worked in banking and accountancy before obtaining a degree in Accountancy & Finance. He joined the South Wales Police in 1990, was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and Inspector in 2006. He is currently a Response Inspector covering the counties of Merthyr and Rhonda Cynon Taff. Carwyn holds a post graduate certificate in education and qualifications in project management.

Carwyn was appointed Force Authorised Officer in July 2013. He joined the Committee of Management in 2016.


Martin Guest, Detective Constable Humberside Police

Martin is a Detective Constable on the Major Incident Team at Scunthorpe, Humberside, having joined the Police Service in March 1990. In 2004 Martin was a member of a team of Officers from Humberside who went out to Sri Lanka to assist after the Boxing Day Tsunami. He was a mortuary manager, repatriation officer and reburials officer and completed two tours.

Martin is also a trained Family Liaison Officer and has been deployed to families on historical cases and murder cases.

He was appointed an Authorised Officer in December 2008 and became Force Authorised Officer in November 2014.

In 2017 he was deployed to Croatia as part of an EU Twinning Programme Team, supported by The Home Office, to provide and train a Disaster Victim Identification Team.

Martin joined the Committee of Management in 2016.


Kirsty Norman, Derbyshire Constabulary
Kirsty is a member of Police Staff at Derbyshire Constabulary Headquarters. She is responsible for individual and team development as well as talent identification and she provides support for officers and staff seeking development and promotion opportunities.

She is the force link with the College of Policing and has responsibility for the Direct Entry and Fast Track schemes and the National Police Promotion Framework. In addition, she has responsibility for the force’s 360 degree feedback process and she is trained in personality profiling such as Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Hogan. 

She joined Derbyshire Constabulary in 2003 and worked in criminal justice, training administration and was appointed Operational Trainer in 2008. In 2012, Kirsty transferred into the HR department as HR Leadership and Talent Officer and in 2017 was appointed the force’s HR Development Manager.

Kirsty was appointed Force Authorised Officer in 2010 and she has played a large part in arranging meetings with key contacts within the force, which has led to Police Mutual providing financial inputs throughout the force with the Chief Constable's backing. 

Kirsty was elected to the Committee of Management in 2012.

Simon Ovens, BSc (Hons) MSc FCMI, Chief Superintendent Metropolitan Police

Simon joined the Met in 1987, gaining promotion to Sergeant in 1991 and Inspector in 1994. On promotion to Superintendent in 2001, he gained command of OCUs across Westminster and Royal Parks. After a number of years as Superintendent and Temporary Chief Superintendent, Simon became involved in the 2008 EU Policing Mission to Kosovo, with a role as Police Expert and advisor to the Kosovo Police Commissioner. Simon was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2011 and is currently Borough Commander for Harrow, with responsibility for operational policing within the Borough and chairing the Safer Harrow Partnership.

Simon was appointed Force Authorised Officer in April 2012. He joined the Committee of Management in 2018.


Graham Smillie, formerly Police Scotland
Graham joined Strathclyde Police in 1976 as a cadet, joining the regular force in 1978 and has worked in several roles during his career prior to retiring in 2009 from the Organisational Development Department in the rank of Chief Inspector. On retirement Graham took up a civilian post within the force, becoming a member of the Policy Support Section on the creation of the national single Police Service of Scotland in 2013.

Graham retired from the force in April 2017.

He was appointed Authorised Officer in 2004 and became Force Authorised Officer in March 2009. He was elected to the Committee of Management in 2010.

Ieuan Watkins, formerly Detective Sergeant Gwent Police

Ieuan served with Gwent Police from 1987 through to 2018, spending the majority of his 31 year career within Criminal Investigation.  He specialised in public protection and in particular the management of sexual and dangerous offenders.  He was recognised by Gwent Police on eight occasions for outstanding service.

Ieuan was appointed Force Authorised Officer for Gwent Police in 2003, was elected to the Committee of Management in 2007 and became an inaugural member of the Police Mutual Foundation Advisory Board in 2011. Ieuan is also a member of the Nomination Committee. He was presented with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for his service to Police Mutual members.

He is currently working alongside the British Overseas Territories Team of the National Crime Agency to help create a new offender management structure for sexual offenders in one of the overseas islands.  He is also a Director of his own Sport Safeguarding consultancy, working with a number of Welsh sports to embed safeguarding of children and adults at risk within their structures.


Paul Bishop MA ACA
Non-Executive Director

Paul has spent most of his career at KPMG, where he was a Partner specialising in the insurance sector, particularly life insurance and led its European insurance consulting practice.

He has a broad range of experience over his 30 years in the financial services industry including major change programmes, finance transformation, distribution and restructuring.

Paul is currently a non-executive director of the National House-Building Council (NHBC) where he Chairs the Audit Committee. He is also a non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee at Just Group, and a non-executive director of Zurich Assurance Limited.


Julie Hopes ACIB MBA
Non-Executive Director

Julie is an experienced financial services professional with a strong track record of growing businesses, running large scale customer-facing operations, developing and implementing strategy and leading the delivery of transformational change within large blue chip companies. She is a non-executive director at Saga Plc and is the Chair of Saga Services Limited. Julie is also a non-executive director at West Bromwich Building Society where she is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk and Nomination Committees.

Julie was co-opted to the Committee of Management in 2014 and is Chair of the Remuneration Committee, a member of the Managing Board and the Risk, Nomination and With-Profits Committee

Julie Hopes was appointed Chair of the Managing Board in May 2019.


John Lister BSc FIA
Non-Executive Director

John has a wealth of senior management experience gained at Aviva, where he was latterly Chief Financial Officer and Group Business Development Officer for the UK Life business and before that Chief Risk Officer for Aviva plc. His 35 years’ experience in the financial services sector includes senior actuarial roles at Aviva, where he was Chief Actuary from 2005 - 2008.

During his Aviva career John was a member of the Group Executive, various entity Boards within Aviva and chair/member of a number of key management committees.

John is currently a non-executive director and Risk Committee Chair for Police Mutual, Phoenix Life Group, Pacific Life Re and Old Mutuals Emerging Markets business. He is also a trustee of the University of York staff pension scheme.


Barry Sanjana MA
Non-Executive Director

Barry is an experienced investment professional with a strong track record of managing both investments and investment management organisations and has had previous roles as Chief Investment Officer at Morley Fund Management Limited and also Chief Investment Officer at Friends Ivory & Sime plc.

He is currently Chair of the Reliance Pension Scheme Trustee Company. Barry was elected to the Committee of Management in 2010. He is Chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Managing Board and Audit Committee.


John Perks
CEO

John joined as CEO for the Police Mutual Group on 1 April 2019.

Prior to this, John was Managing Director at LV= and oversaw their trading businesses and the Heritage closed book. This encompassed Protection, Retirement and Savings & Investments businesses, as well as being CEO of the Advice business.

John had originally joined LV= as the Customer Solutions Director in July 2007, a member of the Life Executive, where he was responsible for the development of the full product suite for the Life business, and joined LV=’s Group executive team in 2016, leading a team of over 1,000 colleagues.

John is a qualified actuary with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to working for LV=, John was the Director of Protection at Prudential, covering their Life Insurance manufacture and General Insurance and Healthcare partnerships, and has also held senior roles at AXA and Swiss Life (UK).

When he’s not living in the Premier Inn, he can be found “relaxing” at his Bournemouth home with his energetic young daughter and son, while being told by his wife to “stop talking, I’m trying to write”.

John is a keen follower of sport, although generally less actively since the family arrived.  However, as part of his mid-life crisis, he took up boxing a few years ago and even competed in bouts in 2015 and 2016. He complements this with the less painful activities of squash and kayaking.