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Governance

The BlueLight Commercial Board is comprised of the following members:

Chair: Matthew Scott, Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent

Matthew Scott was elected the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent in May 2016.
His role is to set policing priorities for the county by consulting with the public and putting together a Police and Crime Plan. He then holds the Chief Constable of Kent Police to account for the delivery of that plan.

PCCs also set the council tax precept for policing, are responsible for the overall policing budget, and fund projects which support victims of crime and promote community safety.

As well as serving as Chair of the BlueLight Commercial Board, Mr Scott is also the national Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) portfolio lead for Mental Health.

He lives with his wife and two young children in Swanley, Kent.

Deputy-Chair: Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire

Paddy Tipping was elected as Nottinghamshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012 and re-elected with an overwhelming majority in May 2016.

A former MP for Sherwood, he now relishes his role overseeing policing and community safety across the county, ensuring the views of local people are heard and taken into account. Throughout his time as Commissioner, he has prioritised the needs of victims of crime and continues to fight a passionate battle with the government to ensure policing receives the funding and resources it needs.

In his role as the Labour-party’s lead on police finance matters, he has been at the forefront of the debate on police funding and the calls for modernisation of the police service. 

On the national platform, he is currently Chair of the Police Reform and Transformation Board, and also sits on the Board of both the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the Police ICT company. 

During his time as an MP he undertook a number of efficiency studies for the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and was closely involved in the Lawrence Inquiry.

Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales

Arfon Jones was elected the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales in May 2016. He is originally from Harlech and now lives in Gwersyllt, Wrexham with his wife Gwenfair. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Mr Jones was previously a councillor for Wrexham Council for the Gwersyllt West ward but stepped down in May 2017, he continues to be a member of the Gwersyllt Community Council.

Mr Jones had a successful career with North Wales Police from 1978 to 2008 and retired in the rank of Inspector.

Dave Thompson, Chief Constable, West Midlands Police

Dave Thompson was appointed Chief Constable of West midlands Police in January 2016, having been Deputy Chief Constable since 2010. He sets the strategic direction for the force within the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Plan.  He is committed to delivering a modern policing service that prevents crime, protects people and offers help to those in need. He leads on Finance for the National Police Chiefs’ Council and was the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the Apollo Programme within National Counter Terrorism Policing until 2019.

Mr Thompson began his career with Greater Manchester Police in 1990 where he served from Constable to Assistant Chief Constable.  His career highlights included working on the Manchester Olympic bid and leading work on New Deal for East Manchester.  He commanded the main policing operations for the 2002 Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester Stadium including the opening and closing ceremonies.  He was also Commander for central Manchester, policing the diverse committee of Moss Side and Longsight. As Assistant Chief Constable he led policing portfolios for Operations, Local Policing, Crime, Information Technology and Terrorism.  At a national level he led the 2010 review of National Counter Terrorism Structures.

Mr Thompson is Chair of the Commonwealth Games 2022 Security Board and was appointed Vice Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council in 2019.In 2014 he was awarded the QPM for services to policing and in 2020 was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands.

Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent

Jeff Cuthbert was elected to the post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent in May 2016. He currently holds the Modern Slavery portfolio for the Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales and is a member of the Leadership Group.

Mr Cuthbert was first elected to the Assembly in 2003 as the AM for Caerphilly. He served as the Chair of the All Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for the Structural Funds and was appointed Deputy Minister for Skills in May 2011. He founded and chaired the Cross-Party Built Environment Group, the Cross-Party Healthy Living Group and the Cross-Party Diabetes Group.

In May 2013 Jeff was appointed as Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. He held this post until September 2014 and during which time introduced the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Bill.

Pete Gillett, Executive Director of Commercial and Financial Services, Surrey and Sussex Police

Pete has over 35 years’ experience in public sector finance and leadership, having held Chief Finance Officer, Resources Director and Head of Paid Service roles. A CIPFA qualified accountant, he has been Chief Finance Officer at three local authorities and two police forces. During this time, he has become renowned for both service transformation and for implementing alternative service delivery models, including innovative partnerships with the private sector.

His currently portfolio at Surrey and Sussex police forces includes Financial Services, Procurement, Estates/Facilities and Feet Services.  He is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the Police National Commercial Board, and chairs the People sub-group of the Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing programme.

Phillip Seccombe, Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire

Philip Seccombe was elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire in May 2016 and his term of office extends to May 2021.

Born in Birmingham and educated at Rugby School, Philip went on to study Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College and is a chartered surveyor by trade. 

He has a strong grounding in public life, having been a Conservative councillor on Stratford-on-Avon District Council between 2002 and 2017. Philip also served with the Territorial Army (now Army Reserve) for 25 years, receiving the Territorial Decoration (TD) for his long service.  He commanded his Regiment, reaching the rank of Colonel. 

Philip still maintains his military connections as chairman of the West Midlands Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (until June 2020) and as chairman of the Warwickshire Army Benevolent Fund.

As Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip’s priorities are to ensure that police are properly equipped, trained and motivated to protect the public and bring offenders to justice, while maintaining high visibility among local communities and strong support for victims of crime. He has spearheaded the recruitment of an additional 150 officers for Warwickshire Police over the past two years.

Nationally, Philip has previously served as the chair of the Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group and the lead of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ portfolio group on emergency services collaboration.

Lee Freeman, Chief Constable of Humberside Police

Lee Freeman has been the Chief Constable of Humberside Police since May 2017.

He has worked previously in City of London Police and Lincolnshire Police before joining Humberside in 2015.He is currently the national policing lead for Records Management, Severe Weather and Flooding.

Lee has experience of working in local government as an Assistant Director for Lincolnshire County Council and was the Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing for Lincolnshire Police before graduating from the Strategic Command Course and joining Humberside Police in May 2015.

In January 2019, Lee was asked to lead Cleveland Police for a period of 3 months, following the unexpected and sudden departure of their Chief Constable. He returned to Humberside in May 2019.

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