Cath is a former West Midlands Police officer, starting as a
bobby on the beat in Handsworth and concluding her career 32 years
later as Detective Superintendent.
During her time in the force, she fought against crimes
including paedophilia, kidnapping and extortion, anti-social
behaviour, terrorism, organised crime, gang violence and child
Cath worked with many different agencies and people to develop
innovative schemes to protect the residents of the West Midlands.
This included leading multi-agency teams to improve police
investigations and support for victims of sexual assault, domestic
violence, forced marriage, 'honour'-based violence, as well as
safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. She built
partnerships across national and international boundaries to
increase community safety regarding the policing and supervision of
violent and sex offenders.
Cath's work was recognised with the 2010 West Midlands
Safeguarding Award for services to protecting children, and she has
received many commendations for her investigation skills and
work as an ambassador for the police.
After retiring from policing in 2010, Cath worked as an
investigator for the General Social Care Council, responsible for
the regulation and investigation of social workers.
In November 2012, Cath was an independent candidate in the
first West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election. She has
served on the Strategic Policing and Crime Board since its
She has responsibility for several portfolios including Public
Protection, modernising the Police Museum, Transforming
Investigations as part of the WMP 2020 Transformation Programme, is
a member of the Joint Audit Committee and chair of the Victims
The Commission combines the expertise of voluntary and community
organisations and partner agencies to act as an advisory body to
the PCC in the provision of specialist services. With the aid of
funding from the PCC the Commission has improved services for
victims of crime across the West Midlands.
In December 2016 following 6 years of part time study Cath
achieved her Professional Doctorate in Policing, Security and
Community Safety, specialising in the management of high-risk
offenders which compliments her Master of Science Degree in
Clinical Criminology achieved in 2002.