The board members were all appointed following an open recruitment process. They are not employees of the Police and Crime Commissioner. They are hired on a fixed-term contract. They are not politically restricted.
Members of the Strategic Policing and Crime Board
The Strategic Policing and Crime Board includes the Police and Crime Commissioner (David Jamieson), two Assistant Police and Crime Commissioners (Ashley Bertie and Cllr Dr Lynnette Kelly) and seven Board Members, appointed based on their skills and experience.
The board members are Brendan Connor, Cath Hannon, Ernie Hendricks, Gurinder Josan, Sarah Marwick, Waheed Saleem and Tom McNeil. They provide an independent element of challenge, and are full members of the Strategic Policing and Crime Board.
The Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner and Board Members are not members of staff or employees of the Police and Crime Commissioner. They are engaged on a contract for services, and are not politically restricted.
At just 26, Ashley is one of the brightest talents in West Midlands politics and poli… Read more
At just 26, 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.
“I am honoured to be given the position of Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner and cannot wait to start making real changes for the better.”
Brendan was born in Liverpool, educated at Leeds University and Bradford University M… Read more
Brendan was born in Liverpool, educated at Leeds University and Bradford University Management Centre and served in the Royal Navy.
He has lived and worked in the West Midlands for the last 25 years and is currently Chairman of CENEX plc.
He worked for Lucas Industries and TRW in senior management positions and latterly as Chief Executive Officer of Cosworth Racing Ltd in Northampton.
He was an independent member of the West Midlands Police Authority from 2005 to 2012, serving as Chair of Local Policing and Justice, Chair of Audit Committee and Member of the Counter Terrorism Oversight Group.
He has also served as a board member for Advantage West Midlands (2005-2012), University of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (2006-2012) and Chairman of Coventry Schools Foundation (1996-2011).
He is currently Chairman of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and was Deputy Chairman of the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford from 2005-15. Brendan was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands in July 2014.
Brendan is also a member of the Armed Force Pay Review Body, responsible for providing independent advice to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence on the remuneration and charges for members of the forces.
He is married with two grown up daughters and lives in Berkswell near Solihull.
Cath is a former West Midlands Police officer, starting as a bobby on the beat in Han… Read more
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 exploitation.
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 inception.
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 Commission.
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.
This is Ernie’s second term as a member of the SPCB. His work in publi… Read more
This is Ernie’s second term as a member of the SPCB.
His work in public office began in 2006 when he was elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor for Birmingham City Council. He represented the ward of Moseley and Kings Heath for eight years. During that time he served on the Public Protection, Planning and Social Cohesion Scrutiny committees. He was also a member of a number of external monitoring agencies, including West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority and the former Police Authority, where he served on the Personnel, Protective Services and the Local Policing and Justice committees. He was the lead member for Birmingham for two years reporting back to the City Council.
Ernie’s responsibilities within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have included WMP 2020, a major change programme that seeks to make better use of technology in everyday working practices, and the Youth Employment Initiative, which connects young reoffenders with job opportunities. He also sits on the Chief Constable and Commissioner’s Joint Audit Committee.
Ernie’s interests extend into housing. He is currently chair of the Homes Board for the Longhurst Group housing association. The board represents the interests of the group’s organisations, which own and manage 18,500 homes in total across the West Midlands.
Businessman Waheed is an active member of the West Midlands community, serving as a n… Read more
Businessman Waheed is an active member of the West Midlands community, serving as a non-executive director for Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust and Paycare.
Mr Saleem, from Walsall, is also the former chair of the Lunar Society, Groundwork West Midlands, Right Care Right Here Partnership Board, Vice President of Greater Birmingham Asia Business Chamber of Commerce and a former trustee of NACRO.
He is the owner of WS Associates Midlands Ltd and interim managing director of Walsall Alliance Ltd.
The London School of Economics graduate has been a mentor at inner-city schools for the Mosaic Prince of Wales charity and has visited Jordan, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan with an international aid agency.
Waheed has extensive knowledge of local policing thanks to his work with NACRO and is keen to bring his skills from other areas to the Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
Sarah is a GP, with a special interest in treating homeless people and other vulnerab… Read more
Sarah is a GP, with a special interest in treating homeless people and other vulnerable patients, and is Associate Medical Director for NHS England, West Midlands, in Birmingham.
Sarah studied medicine at the University of Birmingham and has worked as freelance GP for 15 years at different surgeries around the city.
For the past 14 years, she has also been a GP for the homeless at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and also sits on fitness to practise hearings for doctors at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
Sarah is passionate about making a difference to people’s lives, especially hard-to-reach and vulnerable groups, and specialises in mental health, addiction and sexual health.
Last year, she was nominated as one of only 25 NHS leaders to take part in the Developing Health Leaders – Deputy Directors Programme, which supports the brightest talent prospects the NHS has to offer.
Sarah, who lives in Birmingham, is a new member of the SPCB and was selected due to her exceptional skills, knowledge of public sector bodies and the challenges they face and her passion and belief in helping others.
Family businessman Gurinder Singh Josan is a new addition to the SPCB. … Read more
Family businessman Gurinder Singh Josan is a new addition to the SPCB.
The University of London graduate, who runs a plumbers merchants in Smethwick, has a background of entrepreneurship, public service and political activism – and wants to bring all of his skills and experience to the Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
Gurinder, a former trustee of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick and a trustee of the HOPE Not Hate charitable trust, is currently a member of Sandwell Police Independent Advisory Group and advises on policing policy and procedure.
The former Sandwell councillor was also a member of the National Prevent Challenge Panel and has engaged with the national task group to tackle child sexual exploitation.
Gurinder sits on the Sikh Council UK national executive and is also a governor at three successful schools and Chair of Directors at a multi-academy trust.
In 2018 Gurinder recieved a CBE for his tireless work as a campaigner against racism, a major supporter of the role of Sikhs in British society and has worked on countless community projects in Smethwick and around the country.
He said: “I believe passionately that the West Midlands is an excellent place to live, to work and to bring up our children. I want to ensure it continues to be so and am dedicated to achieving this.”
Tom is the Strategic Adviser to the PCC advising on a broad range of areas including… Read more
Tom is the Strategic Adviser to the PCC advising on a broad range of areas including data ethics, public sector reform and devolution strategy.
After growing up in the West Midlands, Tom graduated with an undergraduate and Masters degree from Durham University and Cambridge University respectively. After starting his career as a commercial lawyer he later became a charity law specialist advising leading charities, social enterprises, trade unions and public bodies on a significant variety of legal issues.
Other experiences include being a governor for an autism specialist school, serving as a Special Constable for the Metropolitan Police, sitting as a non-executive director for a human rights organisation, volunteering for a number of years for the children’s charity Barnardo’s and gaining political experience by standing as a parliamentary candidate in two general elections in the West Midlands. He has also recently been appointed as a trustee for the National Union of Students and Chair of its Group Audit & Risk Committee.
He is particularly passionate about policies aimed at preventing crime through the power of education and tackling poverty.
Its meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. If you wish to attend or read the minutes from a previous meeting then please click on the calendar and view the agenda, reports or minutes.
Ask a question at board…
Any member of the public, other than a police officer or member of police staff, who lives, works or studies in the West Midlands may ask a question relating to the duties and responsibilities of the Commissioner. Questions must be submitted seven working days before a meeting. Anyone who wishes to attend the meeting and ask a question will receive an oral response where possible. Where an oral response is not possible, or where the questioner cannot attend, a written response will be provided.
If you wish to ask a question then please write to the Office of the PCC.
If you have a petition to submit to the Board then you must submit it to the Chief Executive of the PCC’s office seven working days before the date of the meeting. It will be included in the agenda. The petition organiser will be expected to attend the meeting. The Commissioner, or a person requested by the Commissioner on his behalf, will respond orally at the meeting. Where it is not possible to answer the petition verbally at the meeting a written reply will be sent to the petition organiser. Petitions must contain the following:
- At least twenty five signatures with the name and address (or place of work or study if the person does not live in the West Midlands) of each signatory
- A clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition with a statement of the action that the petitioners which the Commissioner to take
- Contact details for the petition organiser.
If you need any help with any aspect of submitting a petition then get in touch with the PCC’s office here