Meet the OPCC Team
Simon has significant experience of the police, crime and community safety sector both locally and nationally, and has worked across the public, private and third sector. Simon provides independent evidence-based governance and policy advice and has a passion for building improved public services that are transparent and accountable to the public purse.
Simon joined the Office of the PCC in May 2016, prior to this he was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Bedfordshire PCC, and before this spent several years at the Home Office in a variety of policy and research posts including latterly as Head of Localism Policy. He started his policing career as a Community Safety Partnership analyst. Outside of work, he occasionally writes for Policinginsight.com and, for the past 20 years, has been a volunteer coach for a community sports charity.
Adam joined the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2016, moving across from Dorset Police to join the Executive team.
As Director of Operations, he provides leadership and supervision for the Policy & Commissioning, Governance & Contact, and Communications & Engagement functions. He acts as deputy chief executive and monitoring officer as required and oversees the day-to-day delivery of the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan.
Adam is qualified in journalism, public relations and programme management.
Away from the office, Adam enjoys time with his young family, listening to obscure music, and exploring the Dorset countryside.
Julie joined the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in September 2019, taking up the role of Chief Finance Officer. Prior to this, she worked for 20 years in a variety of senior finance roles within Local Government in Dorset, gaining significant experience in partnership working. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and baking.
Lewis joined the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in September 2017 in the Commissioning Team. Now holding the position of Head of Policy & Commissioning, his main responsibilities are relating to planning and delivery of the Police & Crime Plan priorities.
Lewis has worked for Dorset Police since 2004 holding a vareity of roles throughout the organisation, including roles in Supplies, Procurement, and Custody.
Frankie joined the Dorset OPCC Commissioning Team in 2022 as a Commissioning Manager.
Frankie has graduated from the University of Southampton with a Law Degree. She has worked in various legal roles in the private sector, before going travelling around Asia for 4 months. When I returned from travelling, Frankie joined the Police Staff as an Apprentice for the South West Police Procurement Service (SWPPS) in 2018. She achieved my Level 4 CIPS (Certification of Procurement and Supply) and graduated from the apprenticeship after 18 months becoming a Category Buyer for the SWPPS.
Outside of work, she is an avid animal lover with two cats (one a rescue) and two rehomed chinchillas. Frankie enjoys the benefits of Dorset life, spending a lot of time at the beach or on woodland or coastal walks.
After studying for a degree in resources science at Kingston University, Helen spent 22 years working in local government on environmental projects, community development and for the last 16 years of that time, on crime and disorder reduction and community safety. The community safety work involved working in partnership with a wide range of other agencies in and tackling anti-social behaviour, hate crime (discrimination), and domestic violence and abuse. Helen also co-ordinated safeguarding and child protection work.
Helen joined the OPCC as the Restorative Justice Project Manager in July 2014 with responsibility for developing and implementing a ‘Restorative Dorset’ strategy in partnership with other agencies - to provide access to victims for restorative justice. This has been to improve victim satisfaction in the ways anti-social behaviour and crimes are brought to justice. Helen now works as a Policy Manager with a focus on justice related work, including reducing reoffending.
Desney joined the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in April 2014 to work on the Victims’ Bureau and victim services commissioning. As a professionally qualified Project Manager she is responsible for improving the service provision, the accessibility and the support available for victims of crime in the Dorset Area. This is valuable work to improve victim satisfaction and to provide appropriate support to victims to help them cope and recover from their ordeal.
Prior to working for the OPCC, she worked for Dorset Police for 11 years, working in partnership to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads of Dorset.
Desney relocated to Dorset 13 years ago from Surrey where she worked for Surrey County Council in road safety engineering and analysis.
Karen joined the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in September 2023 as the Combating Drugs Partnership Business Manager. Her role is the support the Government’s requirements in the National Harm to Hope 10-year Drugs Strategy. This is to support delivery of the Government’s three main strategic ambitions:
- Break Supply Chains
- Deliver a world class treatment and recovery system
- Achieve a generational shift in the demand for drugs
Prior to this role she worked for Dorset Police for 20yrs working in the control room dealing with 101 / 999 calls, worked in the Victims’ Bureau for 10yrs collaborating with victims of crime and ensuring they are receiving a service online with the Victims Code of Practice and also managed the Adult Out of Court Disposal Team.
Away from work she enjoys sea swimming, spending time with her children and going on walks with their dog.
Jazmin joined the Policy & Commissioning Team in May 2023 as Fundraising Manager after many years working in the charity sector.
She started her fundraising career within a community role. Jazmin went on to successfully manage fundraising and marketing at regional charities. Jazmin has been previously responsible for leading small teams to build a multi-income streams. She has particular interest in communities working together to achieve great things.
Away from work, she enjoys sea swimming and a spot of gardening. Her rescue dog brings her lots of joy and entertainment to her life.
Jenny joined the OPCC in April 2013 as Administrative Support Officer having worked in local government. She gained promotion to PA to the Chief Executive in August 2013. She returned to work from maternity leave in January 2017, part time, as the PA to the Senior Management Team.
In January 2022 she was successful in her application to work in the Policy and Commissioning team, as a Policy and Commissioning Officer.
Away from work she enjoys time with her family, walking the dog, and spending time at the beach.
Susan joined the OPCC as the Head of Communications and Engagement in August 2017.
Prior to working at the OPCC, Sue worked for Bournemouth University, as a Marketing Manager and has over ten years of multi-sector Communications and PR experience.Sue's role is to develop and deliver innovative and effective communications and engagement for the OPCC.
Georgia recently moved back to Dorset after living in Hampshire for the last 6 years whilst she studied at university. There she gained a degree in English Language before going on to complete a masters degree with Distinction in Digital Marketing and Analytics.
In her previous role, Georgia was working for a small Physical Activity charity in Winchester, where she managed the social media channels and championed storytelling, looking beyond just statistics and instead focusing on the experience of real people in the community.
Outside of work Georgia enjoys wild swimming, cooking and being active.
Katie joined the Dorset OPPC communications team in 2023 as a communications and engagement officer.
She graduated from the University of the West of England in Bristol with a history degree before achieving senior qualifications in journalism. After 17 years working in and leading newsrooms across the south coast, Katie put her expertise in digital journalism and SEO to good use as a content editor before making the move to the OPCC communications team.
Dorset born and bred, outside of work she enjoys nothing more than exploring the UK in her campervan with her husband and dog, walking the Jurassic coast and cooking.
Tom joined the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in March 2017 as Interim Governance Manager before taking his role as Governance Advisor. He was appointed as Scrutiny Manager in August 2018. Tom is a qualified Chartered Secretary and was Company Secretary for a financial services company.
His role includes representing the OPCC on relevant Force Boards and meetings, improving the effectiveness of the independent scrutiny panels, Out of Court Disposals, Use of Force and Stop and Search powers.
In his spare time he enjoys DIY, walking and recreational swimming. He has recently completed building a Dutch barn shed and a summer house.
Yvonne joined the Dorset Police Authority in 2007 and transferred across to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012. Her main responsibilities include providing governance and administrative support to the Chief Executive and OPCC staff, management of the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme and the transparency requirements of the OPCC.
Prior to joining the Dorset Police Authority, Yvonne had a number of roles working in financial services in London and with the NHS in Dorset.
In her spare time Yvonne enjoys volunteering as a Police Cadet Leader, spending time with her family and making a big fuss of her black cat Wally.
Cathy joined the Dorset Police Authority as Administrative Support Officer in October 2002, transferring across to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012. Prior to this she worked as PA/administrator in both the public and private sector.
In December 2012, Cathy was successful in her application to become PA to the Police and Crime Commissioner, providing essential support and information to enable the Commissioner to carry out his duties.
Away from the office, Cathy enjoys time with her family, walking the dog, watching football and avoiding the gym.
Jacqui joined the OPCC Team in July 2022. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her background in both private and public sector accountancy. Orginally from Reading, Berkshire but rellocated to Dorset with her family in 2004.
Away from work, Jacqui enjoys running and taking part in Parkruns across the South of England. She likes to get away in their caravan, exploring near and far. When at home, Jacqui enjoys gardening, dressmaking and walking Dave the dog.
Vickie started at the OPCC Governance and Contact team as a Support Officer in March 2022. The main portion of her OPCC portfolio is to support the 15 plus dedicated volunteer Independent Custody Visitors within Dorset.
Originally from Winchester. Vickie is a qualified Piano Technician and Restorer. She joined Dorset Police in 2005 working at HQ predominately with what is now Dorset Road Safe. In October 2006, she was one of the first rural Police Community Support Officers in Dorset until 2013.
Next Vickie, took a career break to live in America with her family for 5 years. There they travelled extensively across America. Clocking up 32 states visited. In her own time. Vickie is a volunteer Dorset Police Cadet Leader.
Nicola joined the Office of the OPCC in September 2023 as Contact Officer with the Governance and Contact Team. Before this she was working and an Office Manager at a Private Specialist Residential School which specialised in supporting young people diagnosed with Autism and other associated Learning Differences. While there she completed, and passed with distinction, the City & Guilds Level 3 Business Administration.
Nicola has worked within the administration field her whole working life, often being the main/first line of contact between the public and the business. Directing enquiries appropriately to ensure the best interests of both the business and the contact are maintained.
Outside of work Nicola enjoys a wide variety of craft activities, spending time with her family and working out with her family at the local kickboxing and taekwondo classes.