EXCELLENCE THROUGH DIFFERENCE
The role of women as leaders in policing has never been more important in providing a female perspective. During this conference the theme of ‘Excellence through Difference’ will be explored with the aim of creating a policing environment in which women and men from all backgrounds are empowered to make a lasting difference to their organisations, their communities and themselves.
Is the police service of the 21st century multi-cultural, with a diverse and balanced workforce, which enables equality of opportunity for all? A quick glance at the history of human rights shows equality and diversity lagging behind throughout meaning that the benefits are yet to be realised:-
- 1829 – Sir Robert Peel set the principles for policing, utilising a wholly male workforce, that still apply today
- 1915 – the first women police officers attested as Constable
- 1948 – the year in which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted
- 1967 – the introduction of women’s rights – 45 years after their male counterparts
- 1968 – after the mass migration of Kenyan Asians into the UK; Enoch Powell made his infamous ‘rivers of blood’ speech and the first Race Relations Act came into force.
- 1993 – the death of Stephen Lawrence, shaped the landscape for policing, race relations and equality today.
Progress in many areas has been made, however, equality of opportunity, gender parity and achieving a representative workforce continue to be globally debated concerns.
In championing work towards achieving Excellence through Difference, this conference will seek to provoke discussion on how we achieve and support a diverse workforce to:-
- create a tangible and sustainable difference in how people from diverse backgrounds are involved with policing
- inspire equality within the workplace
- reflect the diversity of our communities
- ensure a legitimate and representative police service
- to create an environment within the criminal justice system that understands and supports those in our society who are most vulnerable
Conference delegates will learn more about HeForShe, the United Nations women solidarity movement for gender equality. This initiative calls upon men and boys to stand up against the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally.
This solidarity movement strengthens support for women’s rights by enlisting the assistance of men and inspiring them to put themselves forward as advocates for gender equality. Sussex and Surrey Police have demonstrated their commitment in support of HeForShe as UN Thematic Champions.
All speakers at the conference will promote discussion and learning so that delegates can further the ambition to achieve Excellence through Difference.
Meet some of the people behind the scenes who make this event happen.
QPM Chief Constable
I am delighted to welcome delegates from across the country to SWiP in Sussex. I am hugely proud of the team working in addition to their daily policing functions to pull together what promises to be an exciting and inspirational conference as we seek to achieve Excellence through Difference.
As an inaugural HeforShe Thematic Champion for Police Forces, I believe that as a leader, son, husband and father, I believe that enabling gender equality is a shared responsibility.
In supporting HeforShe Sussex Police is demonstrating the strength of our commitment to ensuring a police force that is representative of the communities that we serve which is key in addressing violence against women and girls. I look forward to sharing some of the opportunities that this initiative presents at SWiP in Sussex in November 2017.
Chief Superintendent East Sussex Division
I joined Sussex Police in 1984 and throughout my career I have had a variety of uniform roles. Having got promoted to Inspector in 1993, I had two children and whilst they were growing up I worked part time and had a short career break. In 2009 I decided that as the children were now older, I would venture out of my comfort zone, putting myself forward for promotion to Chief Inspector and then Superintendent. Recently I became a Chief Superintendent, taking on the role of Divisional Commander with responsibility for East Sussex. I am a Strategic Firearms Commander, Chair of our Charitable Trust and lead on Mental Health and Street Triage for the Force. I am extremely proud to be the Chair of Evolve, the Sussex Police Gender Equality Network, working with a great team of people who are committed to doing all they can to improve gender equality and support others.
I am both delighted and excited that Sussex were chosen to host the conference this year. My role is “Gold” for the event, leading the fantastic team of people who are working hard to bring the conference together. You can read all about Jacqui, Jane, Julia, Pip, Miles, Lorna, Di, Jo, Justina, and Michelle on these pages, and also the people supporting them! I am extremely grateful to each of them for their innovative ideas, never ending hard work (on top of their day jobs!) and commitment to making this an excellent event.
I became an officer with Sussex Police in the spring of 1988 and have undertaken a range of uniform, detective and more recently strategic roles. In 2007 I took a career break returning in 2011 on part time hours having had 2 children. I am extremely proud to be the Deputy Chair of the Evolve, the Sussex Police Gender Equality Network – a hugely successful team which works hard to support officers and staff internally but which also has an important part to play with the Sussex Police Gender Equality External Reference Group, working with representatives of our communities to help support our policing response.
Being part of the planning team for the Senior Women in Policing Conference in Sussex is an enormous privilege – I have the role of ‘Gold Support’ working to Chief Superintendent Roskilly, I might best be described as a ‘doer of anything’. I am hugely grateful for the help, guidance and counsel of Miranda Kadwell and Jennifer Hepp from our finance and procurement departments and also Katy Stewart who has the best ‘can do’ attitude, is never phased by any of my slightly odd suggestions or ideas and works so hard supporting me to make them a reality.
Superintendent Brighton and Hove
I am currently superintendent for Brighton and Hove Division and an active firearms public order and CBRN commander as well as the strategic lead for children and young people and a mental health advocate.
Many years ago I was given an opportunity to progress and it’s important to me that I help others on that path who have the potential and commitment to make a difference in policing.
My role for conference planning is minimal as a member of the Sussex Plodders helping to organise the fun run and the overall planning process for the event. There are many more making a greater contribution than me such as DC Clare Mitchell and Ps James Moore.
Chief Inspector Operations East Sussex
I have always firmly believed in fairness and equality. I firmly believed therefore – when Evolve was formed – was that everyone across the organisation should be treated equally – and fairly – and that there was no place for a group that would exclude some members of the organisation and that would/could be seen to be giving an advantage to those who were able to join just because of a chromosome. We have a support network I thought – it’s called the police service – and we have a group that represents us – the police federation – job done!
I was also quite vocal when asked my views, that it had been hard enough as a woman over the last 20 odd years always having to be that bit better than the men to be considered as good and going through every promotion process being told that I would get it as I was wearing a skirt or would fill a quota. Why on earth would I want to be part of a group that would reinforce those views? That would be the same group that was talking about so called ‘women’s’ issues and that I was starting to see were advocating for fairness and equality.
Over the years I have managed teams of a few people to over two hundred. The gender balance has changed dramatically. When I joined in 1990 I was posted to a section that currently didn’t have a WPC – each section had to have one – who else would deal with women and children!
Attitudes and perceptions have also changed dramatically and for the better. Working with my teams I have seen and dealt with a number of issues which are recurring but not insurmountable and which are reflective of a modern, diverse workforce.
For conference my role is to help oversee the overall planning process.
Detective Chief Inspector West Sussex
I have worked in both uniform and detective roles within the police or the last 13years. I lead on Evolve work in personal success & confidence, flexible working, fertility and giving advice to underrepresented departments on gender balance. I’m keen out of work, to spend as much time with my husband, son, step children and cats!
I lead for the SWIP conference on Logistics. I have a small team of keen and enthusiastic colleagues, Gina Baker, Emma Brice, Josh Bellamy and Eva Pike. We the glue that binds all the other roles and therefore our work is varied but are aim is to ensure a smooth and successful conference. We are looking forward to our journey in planning this conference and the challenges this will bring.
Detective Chief Inspector West Sussex Police
I have been serving with Sussex Police since I transferred from the Metropolitan Police Service in 2009. I have spent much of my recent career involved in combating gender-based violence such as Domestic and Sexual Abuse (including CSE).
I passionately believe that gender equality is something that the Police Service should strive for, because it will enhance our ability to understand and deal with the domestic and sexual abuse which is predominantly perpetrated by men on women in our communities.
It is the role of all of us within the Police Service, men and women to strive for justice and justice cannot exist where inequality does. That is why the role of men is vital in terms of addressing inequality on the basis of gender. Indeed, there are issues which used to affect women and are now increasingly impacting on male officers and staff and I hope that, in my role as Gender Equality Champion for the Force and as Evolve Executive Member, I am working to resolve these for all.
My role for conference relates predominantly to the work for HeForShe. Sussex and Surrey Police are the inaugural Thematic Champions for Police Forces and have committed to close the gender gap in senior leadership positions by 2020, and to instigate robust training for the police officers that respond to domestic abuse.
Charitable Trust Treasurer & Secretary
I started work at Sussex Police in 2013 when I took on the role of Manager of Sussex Police Charitable Trust (SPCT) which gives help to working and retired Sussex Police officers and staff who are experiencing some kind of difficulty or distress. For the previous 25 years or so I worked for local or national charities in charity management, governance, grant making, fund raising and training. I worked across cross a wide range of concerns but I spent most of that time on health and disability matters.
After I had my daughter, I spent a few years working freelance for various charities before finding my job at Sussex Police. I was then very lucky to secure a job in which I could use my voluntary sector and management experience and which is also local and part-time, enabling me to balance work with school runs and the like.
As a proud member of Evolve I was very pleased to take on the role, together with Di Lewis, of leading on sponsorship for SWIP in Sussex. It is a pleasure to work with Di and other volunteers – Rose Hanson, Heather Keating and Ann Caister – to try to ensure as much support for this event as possible.
Inspector Programme Manager Local Policing Programme
I’ve got 23 years policing experience. I’ve been an inspector for 14 years – a large proportion of this time managing the dog unit across Sussex and Surrey. I now work as the change manager within local policing, supporting staff through the changes we are making to local policing in Sussex.
I am a firearms tactical commander and Post Incident Manager. As a mentor I pride myself in supporting police officers and staff in developing their career paths.
My work within Evolve in Sussex focuses on fitness and I provide support and guidance to those taking the job related fitness test – I have unusual liking for running the bleep test and helping people pass!
I am mum to a teenager which has its challenges whilst working full time! I am a keen out door fan and prefer nothing better than being out with my dogs or horse.
I along with Lorna Stagg, am lead for Sponsorship for SWIP. This is a demanding but satisfying role to help support the funding of the conference.
Seconded to Business Transformation Lead for Digital Public Contact
I have recently joined the NPCC on secondment from Sussex Police, into the Business Transformation Lead for Digital Public Contact working as part of the Digital Policing Portfolio. I joined Sussex Police in 2003 into the corporate development department and most recently have been managing the contact and control centre. I have twin toddlers, and the balance of combining a career with being a parent is at the forefront of my mind.
Justina Beeken and I are leading the work stream responsible for planning the speakers and workshops for the conference, we are working with a fabulous team and it has been an absolute pleasure to be part of planning this important event. We are a team of seven; Kim May, Kelly Lewis, Caroline Adams, Maria O’Brian and Miles Ockwell; with everyone bringing so much to the table we have been able to achieve a really full and diverse programme.
Chief Inspector Local Policing Programme
I joined Sussex Police in 1996 as a Special Constable, and then as a regular in 1998. Throughout my career I have had a variety of uniform and detective roles. I was promoted to Inspector in 2004, I met my husband shortly after, we married in 2006 and I had my daughter the following year. I have worked full time since returning from maternity, which has been challenging at times. I am both and Operational and Tactical Public Order Commander, an Operational CBRN Commander, attending my Tactical CBRN Commander’s course in April 2017. Alongside this I am the Force Disability Advocate, and sit on the executives of both Evolve and Enable, as well as being a member of the Force Mental Health Working group, and PTSD sub group.
I have really enjoyed working with Jo Ball and the rest of the speakers and workshop planning team, Kim May, Kelly Lewis, Caroline Adams, Maria O’Brian and Miles Ockwell. Every member of the team has brought something different, which has enabled us to come up with a really exciting agenda, with some really different speakers covering topics which we are hopeful all attendees will enjoy.
Michelle Palmer Harris
Acting Sergeant Equal Opportunities Officer
I have been a Police Officer for 12 years, beginning my service in Northamptonshire Constabulary and have been in front line roles until recently when I became involved in increasing diversity work within Sussex Police. This is an area I’m incredibly passionate about and am enjoying meeting so many like-minded people. I’ve recently become a member of Evolve and am thrilled to be a part of the SWIP planning team, focussing on the entertainment aspect alongside Michelle Redshaw and Emma Wiseman.