A milestone was reached on Tuesday 19 February as the College of Policing's newly appointed Chair, Professor Shirley Pearce, chaired the first meeting of the Board of Directors.
Professor Pearce expressed her delight on taking on her new role. She stated her determination that the College will be a world-class professional body that meets the needs of the profession and the public.
In her opening remarks, Professor Pearce welcomed her colleagues and made clear that the Board's role would be to:
- develop the College's strategy;
- support the delivery of its vision for the future; and
- enable the Executive to deliver its objectives.
She added that she intends the Board to be an exemplar of effectiveness, openness and transparency, which will develop over the coming months as the College moves to its future set-up. The Board intends to meet in the spring to define its own ways of working and to address how it will review its effectiveness later in the year.
Stephen Rimmer, Director General of the Home Office Crime and Policing Group, welcomed the Chair and wished the Board well. He also confirmed that he and Emily Miles (Home Office Director of Policing) are resigning as Directors of the College – roles that they have undertaken since the College’s creation last December.
The full Board is currently being appointed. In addition to Professor Pearce and College CEO Alex Marshall, the Home Secretary intends to appoint:
- Sir Hugh Orde (ACPO);
- Sir Peter Fahy (ACPO);
- Sara Thornton (ACPO);
- Irene Curtis (Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales);
- Julia Lawrence (Police Federation of England and Wales);
- Louise Casey (Independent);
- Sir Denis O'Connor (Independent);
- Professor Lawrence Sherman (Independent);
- four Police and Crime Commissioners; and
- a representative from the police staff trade unions.
Those attending Tuesday’s meeting set out the reasons for their personal involvement with the College, and their enthusiasm for its vision.
In the body of the meeting, the Board considered the College’s finances, future plans for its estate, current performance and risks, an update on the Professional Committee, and an outline of the 2013/14 Business Plan.