Governance

The purpose of the BlueLight Commercial Board is to monitor and oversee the company’s operation, ensuring competent and prudent management, sound planning, proper procedures for the maintenance of adequate accounting and other records and systems of internal control, and for compliance with statutory and regulatory requirement.

The Board considers strategic issues and risk. It has overall responsibility for setting the long-term plans for BlueLight Commercial, reviewing and monitoring financial reports.

The Board is also supported by two sub-committees, the Audit Committee and the Nominations & Remuneration Committee.

The Audit Committee provides oversight of the financial reporting process, the audit process, the company’s system of internal controls and compliance with laws and regulations. 

The Nominations & Remuneration Committee assists the Board in ensuring that the Board and Executive Committee retain an appropriate structure, size and balance of skills to support the strategic objectives and values of the company. 

The Home Office, the APCC and the Police ICT Company are all welcomed as observers at the board meetings. At least four meetings are held in every calendar year, but they are generally scheduled to take place monthly.

Our first Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 16th July 2021.

Results from the AGM can be found here.

The Annual Report and Accounts 2020/21 can be found here.

The Annual Plan 2021/22 can be found here.

Details of our policies and Terms of Reference can be found here.

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, Matthew 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.

Lianne Deeming
Lianne Deeming, Chief Executive Officer

Lianne is an engineer by background with more than 30 years’ experience in the steel industry with British Steel, Corus and Tata Steel Europe in operational, technical and commercial roles. The senior leadership roles Lianne held whilst working in steel involved large transformational change, cultural management and customer focus programmes across Europe, involving many different sites and legal entities. Whilst Chief Procurement Officer she developed a category and regional management approach enabled by a “Journey to Procurement Excellence”. More recently Lianne set her own company providing a business and technical consulting service; focussing on additive manufacturing, decarbonisation and setting up of new organisations. As Chief Executive Officer of BlueLight Commercial Lianne looks to develop a commercially focussed, “Go To”, agile organisation that is aligned to the Policing 2025 vision, driving Commercial excellence for the function, developing a full Commercial Lifecycle Model approach and provide innovative solutions to key issues such as supply chain risk. Lianne is an honorary visiting professor at Cardiff University, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, where she engages in chairing panels, developing future leaders, and the development of supply chain resilience and decarbonisation policies.

Heather Benjamin, Independent Non-Executive Director

Heather Benjamin is proud to have served on several board roles since she left Centrica plc eight years ago, where she was the Chief Procurement Officer. She was recently appointed chair of Air Ambulances UK following the successful merger of the membership-based Association of Air Ambulances and the national charity Air Ambulances UK She is also a non-executive director and chair of remuneration at Supply Chain Coordination Ltd (SCCL) - the organisation which manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and services and food for NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations across England and Wales. Previously, Heather was senior independent director on the boards in Portsmouth Water and Cheque and Credit Clearing Company, where she experienced collaborating with several bank members, when she was chair of risk committee. Her charity roles include chair at Walsingham Support, where she has since been appointed Honorary President. She has previously been a trustee in Volunteering England and for The Academy of St Martins in the Fields international orchestra.

Philip 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.

Alison Lowe OBE, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in West Yorkshire

Alison represents the Labour Group and is the APCC Portfolio Lead for Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, the Joint Lead for Race Disparity and the Deputy Lead for Transparency and Accountability. Whilst at university, Alison was elected to Leeds City Council to represent Armley ward in 1990, thus becoming first black woman councillor to serve on the council. After 29 years' continuous service as a councillor, she retired from the council in 2019 and was made an honorary alderwoman of Leeds. She held multiple positions during her time in office, including Deputy Lord Mayor, Shadow Executive member of the Council and chair of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel. Alison has worked with voluntary organisations for nearly 30 years and was formerly Chief Executive at Touchstone, a mental health and wellbeing charity based in West and South Yorkshire, where she specialised in working with diverse communities. Alison won the 2014 Forward Business Woman of the Year award, Stonewall Senior Champion of the Year in 2015, and was awarded an OBE for services to mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 in 2022.

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire

John was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire in May 2021 and represents the Conservative Group. He retired as Assistant Chief Constable in Cheshire after a 30-year career in Nottinghamshire, West Midlands and Cheshire. John was the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire from 2012 to 2016, and was re-elected in 2021. John was elected as a Borough Councillor on the Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council in 2003 and had the portfolio for Safer Communities between 2006 and 2009. He has also been a Board Member of the South Cheshire College, Member of the Northwest Area Board of The Federation of Small Businesses. John is currently the President of the Nantwich and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, the President of the Chester and Nantwich Branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the President of 146 Squadron Air Training Corps based at Northwich. John is also a Trustee and Honorary Secretary of Drugwatch Trust - a drugs education charity.

Joy Allen, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham

Joy Allen was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham in May 2021. Joy represents the Labour Group and is the APCC Joint Lead for Environment & Sustainability, the APCC Lead for Addictions and Substance Misuse, the Deputy APCC Lead for Road Safety and Emergency Service Collaboration. She has lived and worked in County Durham and Tees Valley for most of her life and spent most of her career working in the public sector for Durham Constabulary, Sedgefield Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service as Head of Service and Area Manager for Community Safety. She was elected to Durham County Council in 2013 and was appointed to the Cabinet in 2015 where she held the Safer Communities Portfolio. In 2017 Joy was appointed to lead Durham County Council’s Transformation Programme. She was elected Mayor of Bishop Auckland in 2019 and was a cabinet member for Transformation, Culture and Tourism. Joy holds a BA Hons in Management and Administration, MSc in Security and Crime Risk Management and an MBA from Durham University Business School.

Lee Freeman
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.

Chris Haward, Chief Constable, Lincolnshire

Chris Haward joined Lincolnshire Police as Chief Constable in December 2020. His previous role was head of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) and he has led on major crime investigations, tackling serious and organised crime, covert policing and counter terrorism. In his time at EMSOU, the largest police collaboration in the UK, the unit saw an increase in operations completed, arrests made, and convictions secured. Chris has a degree and a Masters from Leicester University and joined Leicestershire Police in 1991 where he worked his way up from Constable to Detective Inspector through to Chief Superintendent. He was the Gold Commander for Leicester City Football Club for several years, including the Premiership winning season, and spent three years with Interpol tackling drug trafficking across the globe. In 2016 Chris moved to Derbyshire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable and took over EMSOU in early 2018 in the rank of Deputy Chief Constable.

Gavin Stephens QPM, Chief Constable, Surrey

Gavin Stephens became Chief Constable of Surrey Police in April 2019, having been Deputy Chief Constable since 2016. He brings a wealth of experience from over 20 years within Surrey Police, serving in every rank and now has overall responsibility for strategic and operational delivery of Surrey Police. Gavin is also Chair of the NPCC’s Communications Advisory Group and in 2021 became the Chair of the NPCC Finance Coordination Committee. He has previously been the NPCC lead for Neighbourhood Policing, which included PCSOs and Troubled Families, and lead for Social Media and Digital Engagement. 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. Gavin studied engineering at the University of Cambridge and worked for GEC Marconi Research as a sponsored student. After joining Cambridgeshire Constabulary, he moved to Surrey Police in 1996, initially based in East Surrey on Neighbourhood Policing, then in Serious & Organised Crime, Professional Standards and in the Neighbourhood Policing Command. In June 2021 he was awarded a QPM.