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Governance and accountability

A audit and assurance board consisting of a non-executive Chair, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), non-executive members and a representative from the Chief Police Staff Officers Association (CPOSA) provides strategic governance of the NPCC, including reviewing and approving business plans, budgets and proposals for capital assets or liabilities.

A performance sub-committee made up of five elected chief officers and two non-executive members holds the NPCC Chair to account on ethical standards, conduct, integrity and performance.

Audit and assurance board


Barbara Scott - Independent Non-Executive: Barbara has had a successful career in Human Resources and Organisational Change, in both the private and public sectors. Alongside her operational career, for the past 20 years, Barbara has also held a Non-Executive Portfolio and served on boards of several organisations as both a Chairman and Non-Executive Director. An example of these are, the role of Chair of a NHS Trust, where she successfully led the board through a major change and turnaround programme, taking the trust from one of the lowest performing Trust’s in the country, to a nationally recognised centre of excellence. Barbara also served as an External Member of the House of Commons Commission, Management Board and Audit Committees, and is proud to have contributed to the modernisation of the governance structure of the House of Commons in 2015. Barbara is passionate about developing governance structures that are effective and clearly understood by the whole organisation..

Barbara continues to work as a consultant, supporting organisations going through large scale change and has a significant bandwidth of experience in many aspects of organisational development and performance management.


Matthew Ellis - PCC Staffordshire: Matthew started out as the owner of a successful retail business, which he sold at the age of 37, freeing up time for other opportunities. He served as a Conservative member on Staffordshire County Council, relinquishing this role before running for election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire. He has dedicated himself to efficient spending, transparency in policing, criminal justice and community services and strengthening collaboration across public services.

Alun Michael - PCC South Wales: Having started out as a journalist, Alun entered Labour politics and was elected to the House of Commons in 1987, retaining his seat until his resignation in 2012 upon his election as PCC for South Wales. During his time in the Commons, he served in a variety of ministerial positions, including Secretary of State for Wales and, thereafter, Leader of Welsh Labour and the first First Secretary (now First Minister) of Wales.

Martyn Underhill - PCC Dorset: The holder of a Masters Degree and Diploma in Criminology, Martyn was elected PCC for Dorset in 2012 following 30 years’ service in the police service, retiring from Sussex Police as a Detective Chief Inspector in 2009. He serves as Chair of the Police and Crime Commissioners’ Mental Health and Partnership Working Parties, and was a PCC representative on the review of Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the ACPO Transition Board which worked towards the formation of the NPCC.

Andy Rhodes - CPOSA representative: Andy is the Chief Constable for Lancashire Constabulary and has 24 years policing experience in a range of areas covering investigations, firearms and counter terrorism. He is the national lead for well-being & engagement; a very new portfolio that is developing local and national approaches to workforce resilience.

Sara Thornton - NPCC executive chair: Sara is the first Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

Sara joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986 and over the next fifteen years her career alternated between operational postings in West London and strategic roles within New Scotland Yard. She served with Thames Valley Police as Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Acting Chief Constable before holding the role of Chief Constable for eight years until March 2015. She has also been Chair of ACPO Intelligence Portfolio, Vice-Chair of ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters, Director of the Police National Assessment Centre and ACPO Vice-President.

Sara is a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Advisory Board for the Oxford University Centre for Criminology and the International Advisory Board for the Cambridge Executive Police Programme. She is a graduate of Durham University, also holding a Master of Studies (MSt) degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University alongside honorary doctorates from Oxford Brookes University and Buckinghamshire New University.

Sara was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2006 and made a Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 2011. She has also been recognised with a Career Achievement Award from the Police Training Authority Trustees and the Sir Robert Peel Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Evidence-Based Policing.

Lizzie Peers - Independent Non-Executive: Lizzie currently holds a varied portfolio of non-executive director/independent member roles with the NHS, the Ministry of Justice, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, and a national procurement company. .

She has significant board level experience in successful strategic & operational development, scrutiny and delivery across a large number of highly complex, multi-million pound organisations facing major financial, safety, quality, regulatory and customer experience challenges. .

She is a qualified chartered public finance accountant, with over 20 years’ experience in external audit and advisory services across the UK public sector, working for the Audit Commission and most recently, EY (Ernst and Young). She has worked at local, regional and national levels in the local government, health and criminal justice sectors, including helping develop and pilot national tools to measure value for money in police services..

Lizzie is also a university lecturer, specialising in corporate governance, ethics, audit and accountancy and is trustee for a number of charities.

Janice Shardlow - Janice is a lawyer and has extensive experience in governance, assurance and integrity both as an adviser to and as a member of Boards and Committees.

Having previously worked as an academic and in private practice as a solicitor advising major corporates and charities on corporate and governance issues, Janice moved into a role as General Counsel of the British Equestrian Federation where she took responsibility for leading a step change in legal, regulatory and governance practices and contributed through her work with the Sport and Recreation Alliance and international sporting organisations to the development of sport governance standards. She now works as a governance and integrity consultant providing support to a wide range of sporting and not for profit organisations both nationally and internationally.

She recently completed her 8 year term as a non-executive director at UK Anti-Doping and was privileged to have played a role in its development into a world leading intelligence based anti-doping agency. Towards the end of her term she also acted as Chair of Audit Committee. She currently sits on the Audit and Risk Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Audit and Compliance Committee of the international equestrian federation (FEI), the Judicial Commission of the International Hockey Federation and is an Arbitrator, Specialist Member, of Sport Resolutions.


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NPCC Audit and Assurance Board (AAB) Annual Report 2017/18

NPCC Audit and Assurance Board (AAB): Terms of Reference

NPCC Audit and Assurance Board (AAB) Annual Report 2015/16

Performance Committee


Olivia Pinkney - Chief Constable, Hampshire Police


Dee Collins - Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police

Simon Cole - Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police