The Strategic Policing and Crime Board supports the PCC in scrutinising the Chief Constable and West Midlands Police.

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), Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (Ashley Bertie), Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner (Waheed Saleem) and six Board Members, appointed based on their skills and experience.

The board members are Brendan Connor, Cath Hannon, Ernie Hendricks, Gurinder Josan, Sarah Marwick 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.

Ashley Bertie
Deputy PCC

Still in his twenties, Ashley is one of the brightest talents in West Midlands politi… Read more

Waheed Saleem
Assistant PCC

Waheed has worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors, regionally and na… Read more

Brendan Connor
Board Member

Brendan was born in Liverpool, educated at Leeds University and Bradford University M… Read more

Cath Hannon
Board Member

Cath is a former West Midlands Police officer, starting as a bobby on the beat in Han… Read more

Ernie Hendricks
Board Member

This is Ernie’s second term as a member of the SPCB. His work in publi… Read more

Sarah Marwick
Board Member

Sarah is a GP, with a special interest in treating homeless people and other vulnerab… Read more

Gurinder Josan CBE
Board Member

Family businessman Gurinder Singh Josan is a new addition to the SPCB. … Read more

Tom McNeil
Board Member

Tom is the Strategic Adviser to the PCC advising on a broad range of areas including… Read more

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.

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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

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