Our People

Royal London's Group Executive Committee
Following on from our transfer to Royal London on 1 October 2020, the governance of Police Mutual has transferred to Royal London's Group Executive Committee, with the assistance of our Oversight Committee.

Oversight Committee

  • 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 customers and the Police Service.

  • Oversee and advise on the management of the relationship with the Police Service

Mike Cunningham QPM, Chief Executive Officer – College of Policing
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
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. He became a member of the Remuneration Committee in September 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, including progressing work on Places of Safety, Liaison and diversion from custody and acting as the police adviser to Lord Adebowale's Independent Commission on Policing and Mental Health which focused on the Metropolitan Police. He 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. Until March 2016 he led nationally for the National Police Chiefs' Council on disability issues and also represented 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 and until March 2019 was Chairman for the National Police Chiefs’ Council Local Policing and Partnerships Co-ordinating Committee. He now leads the Digital Public Contact Board’s work to bring a single line home to policing and has previously sat on both the National Police Reform and Transformation Board and 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.

Locally, Simon represents the Force on the Strategic Partnership Board and the East Midlands Regional Chief Constables Meeting. He also chairs the Local Resilience Forum and the Force Executive Group. He also holds a number of voluntary roles, of which Trustee of Care of Police Survivors is one.

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. Simon was appointed to the Committee of Management as a Vice President in 2016.

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 and in 2019 he became the national lead for Crime Operations.

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).

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 including Roads Policing, Operational Firearms, Learning & Development and Staff Officer to the Chief Officer Group 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 is also a Special Sergeant supporting the training and development of Special Constables and active operational duties.

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, formerly 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 was, until his very recent retirement 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.

Martin Guest, formerly Detective Constable Humberside Police

Martin served 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 was also a trained Family Liaison Officer and has been deployed to families on historical cases and murder cases before retiring from the force in February 2020.

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.

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 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.