Philip Seccombe’s team is made up of a small team of full and part time staff who support him in the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.
Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer: Neil Hewison
Neil leads the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and its functions. A former police Chief Superintendent, he provides advice and guidance to the Commissioner and ensures that the OPCC’s work is delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible, and is compliant with all the necessary laws and regulations. His post is a statutory requirement by law.
Chief Finance Officer: Sara Ansell
Sara is the Chief Finance Officer for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire. Sara was appointed to the role in October 2019, having previously served as the OPCC’s Head of Finance. She manages the budget for the PCC, and advises the Commissioner on all financial matters, working closely with the finance team at Warwickshire Police.
Sara has extensive experience in public sector finance. For 12 months she successfully performed the acting CFO role at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council before joining the OPCC. She is a qualified public sector accountant and a member of CIPFA.
Development and Policy Leads
Each officer leads on an area of work relating to the Police and Crime Plan and provides professional, proactive and effective support to the Commissioner to enable him to fulfil his statutory duties and responsibilities.
Abby Simkin: Grants, Commissioning and Engagement
Abby leads on engagement for the OPCC as well as overseeing the Commissioner’s Grant Scheme and the development of commissioned services. She is also the lead for projects tackling rural crime and the Serious and Organised Crime Joint Action Group and is the lead OPCC liaison with the Rugby Community Safety Partnership.
Helen Earp: Vulnerability and Health
Helen is the OPCC’s health partnerships lead (Health and Well Being Board, Adult and Children Safeguarding Boards), while her vulnerability portfolio encompasses mental health, domestic abuse, missing children, child sexual exploitation, rape and serious sexual offences, human trafficking and female genital mutilation. She also has oversight of the county’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub and the Sexual Assault Referral Centre.
Zeynab Gamieldien: Criminal Justice and Equality
Zeynab is the OPCC lead for criminal justice and joined the team in early 2018. Her policy areas include restorative justice and Integrated Offender Management, as well as overseeing police custody matters, including the Independent Custody Visitors’ scheme. She holds the equality and diversity portfolio and leads on hate crime, attends the force Strategic Diversity Independent Advisory Group.
Zeynab also attends the Warwickshire Youth Justice Chief Officers Strategic Board, is the drugs and alcohol lead for the OPCC and is responsible for oversight of criminal justice performance via attendance at the Local Criminal Justice Board.
Chris Lewis: Victims and Road Safety
Chris is a retired Warwickshire Police Chief Inspector. He leads on work to support victims of crime, including the development of commissioned services (with other colleagues), the implementation of the Victims and Witnesses Charter, unauthorised traveller encampments, the Prevent programme and is also the lead for road safety.
He is the lead liaison with South Warwickshire Community Safety Partnership.
Debbie Mullis: Standards and Integrity
Debbie leads on standards and integrity for the OPCC, including adherence to the Code of Conduct; the Trust, Integrity and Ethics Committee; Professional Standards performance and liaison and leading for the OPCC on police complaints reforms; stop and search and liaison with the Independent Office of Police Conduct.. She also leads on business crime, equality impact assessments and liaison with the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board.
Debbie works part-time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
David Patterson: Performance and Scrutiny
David is the OPCC lead for monitoring force performance and the development of an assurance programme to ensure adherence with the Police and Crime Plan; liaison with the Police and Crime Panel and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services, co-ordination of the weekly ‘holding to account’ meetings between the Commissioner and Chief Constable; and production of the Annual Report. He also leads on cyber-crime and liaison with the Nuneaton & Bedworth Community Safety Partnership.
Media and Communications
Neil Tipton: Head of Media and Communications
A former journalist and police communications specialist, Neil provides strategic communications advice to the Commissioner and OPCC team and manages the relationship with communities through online engagement, social networks and the local media. He is also responsible for the development of public consultations, maintenance of the OPCC website and management of the Freedom of Information Publication Scheme.
Regional Policy Officers
Sarah Gilbert and Michael Lewis have been appointed by the the four Police and Crime Commissioners across the West Midlands (Warwickshire, West Mercia, Staffordshire and West Midlands) to oversee regional collaboration and give each office oversight of the key national programmes which impact our region.
Sarah leads on regional roads policing and the Regional Organised Crime Unit, while Michael is the lead for counter terrorism and the National Police Air Service.
The administration team provides the Commissioner and Chief Executive with administrative and clerical support, diary management and assistance with correspondence with the public and partners. They support the wider OPCC to help it run in a smooth and effective manner.
Katie Baker is the Office Manager and Personal Assistant, while Emma Alaball and Nargis Begum are Personal Assistants to the Commissioner and Chief Executive.