Ashley Bertie

Ashley Bertie

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie

At just 27, Ashley is one of the brightest talents in West Midlands politics and policing.

Born and bred in Kingstanding, Birmingham, he has worked at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner since 2014 and has played a huge part in transforming West Midlands Police's Stop and Search policy. Ashley produced a schools workshop that explained and broke down barriers about Stop and Search for young people, as well as working directly with the force to drive down the number of people unnecessarily stopped yet improving the arrest rate.

The Nottingham University graduate, who became Assistant PCC from his role as a researcher, now plans to turn his attention to the force's youth engagement policy, leading on a Gangs & Violence Commission and creating a police cadet scheme. This is all part of his passion for transparency, intelligence-led policing and fostering positive relations between the police and young people.

The former Great Barr School student previously worked as a researcher for Shadow Policing Minister Jack Dromey MP and ran campaigns for Gisela Stuart MP. He is also involved in European think tank, Success, looking at diversity and members of BME communities across Europe.

Outside of work is an active fundraiser for sickle cell charities, having lost his grandfather to the disease.

Ashley said: "I've always been passionate about helping others and I've always wanted to make a difference.

"I don't believe in just sitting down and doing nothing - I want to get out there and change things for the better.

"Yes, I am young but the West Midlands is a young and vibrant region and I reflect that. I am here to get things done."