Why Vote for Me?

My independence

I have lived and worked across the Avon and Somerset area for 20 years and live in Bristol with my wife, three children, and small white mischievous dog called Evie. In my spare time I love watching and coaching football (as well as walking the dog!). I am a Bristol City season ticket holder and coach my son’s U15 football team.

I love living in Avon and Somerset because of the diversity it provides – thriving and vibrant Bristol, to characterful towns in Somerset, to beautiful countryside to be explored in between.

The diversity across the whole of Avon and Somerset helps me to understand how different people’s needs are, and how the police can best serve all the residents of the area. That is why I am passionate about the need for policing to be independent, not based on political parties.

I am particularly passionate about upholding the Oath of Impartiality that all Police and Crime Commissioners must take and feel that being an independent candidate ideally positions me to meet the obligations of this oath.

Policing should be about keeping people safe, not about playing party politics. I believe that people want strong, inclusive, accountable and visible local policing and I pledge to deliver that, only answering to local people and not to politicians in Westminster. When and where necessary, this means that I will always look to work constructively, fairly and impartially with elected politicians that are members of any political party.

My experience

My extensive experience in the crime and criminal justice sector makes me the right candidate to help keep the residents and businesses of Avon and Somerset safe and free from crime.

I was the leader of the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner’s team for 8 years, delivering improvements for local people based on what they tell us that they are concerned about.

In 2020, to help meet the unique challenges of policing during the COVID-19 pandemic, I was appointed Avon and Somerset Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner following a competitive process.

While some Deputy PCCs around the country are remaining in their post while campaigning to be elected PCC, in the spirit of transparency and for the avoidance of any perceived conflict of interest, I took the decision to step down from the Deputy PCC role at the beginning of the formal election period. My final day in the role was on 21st March 2021. 

My experience:

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Avon and Somerset
2020 – 2021

Chief Executive Officer, Office of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner
2012 – 2020

Chief Executive, Avon and Somerset Police Authority
2009 – 2012

Partner, Burges Salmon LLP
2002 – 2009

Solicitor, Clifford Chance LLP
1993 – 2000

For more information about my experience, visit my LinkedIn page.

My proven track record

  • Investing in the proactive Operation Remedy team to tackle burglary, drugs and knife crime: residential burglary is now down 10% and detection rates have doubled.
  • Investing nearly £1 million via the Police Community Trust in local charities and community organisations to keep their communities safe
  • Investing £2 million in supporting victims and reducing reoffending, and securing an additional £7m from other partners.
  • Commissioning the Lighthouse Integrated Victim Care team to support local victims of crime – one of the biggest in the country
  • Leading the Violence Reduction Strategic Board and setting up 5 joint VRU across the area to prevent serious youth violence
  • Setting up the South West Reducing Reoffending Board – the first regional board in the area – and successfully lobbying with partners to oppose the continued privatisation of probation.
  • Working with local authorities to identify and support victims of child sexual exploitation
  • Avon and Somerset Police being rated as ‘outstanding’ for efficiency by the national regulator – only 2 forces have a higher rating
  • Avon and Somerset Police being the first in the country to achieve the National Equality Standard
  • Avon and Somerset being one of the only forces to ringfence, prioritise and protect Local Policing and Community Support Officer numbers despite Government cuts of 30%
  • Commissioning the Avon and Somerset Independent Lammy Review to examine disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System
  • Setting up nationally-acclaimed residents’ panels to review the use of police powers and handling of complaints
  • Putting mental health professionals in the police control room to provide expert advice to front line officers
  • Achieving the Policing Insight Open and Transparent Quality Mark for the last 4 years
  • Holding the Chief Constable publicly to account via regular Public Forums and Facebook Live events and giving local people the chance to ask him questions