Governance and accountability
The Audit and Assurance Board (AAB) consists of a non-executive Chair, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), non-executive members and a representative from the Chief Police Staff Officers Association (CPOSA).
The AAB seeks to assure that NPCC business is conducted in accordance with the law and proper standards, in an open and transparent way; that public money is safeguarded and properly accounted for and that resources are managed in an effective, efficient and economical way in achieving the NPCC objectives. The Board also provides scrutiny and approval of NPCC business operations including business plans, risk management, 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.
John Campion – PCC West Mercia: John Campion was elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia on 5 May 2016. He has a broad background in both the private and public sector. In 2004, John was elected as a Wyre Forest District Councillor. In 2007, he became the authority’s youngest and longest serving leader. John was also elected as a Worcestershire County Councillor in 2005 and has held many roles within the County Council. He has worked in private business, as well as in the High Security Prison system as an intelligence officer. John holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems from Liverpool John Moores University and one of his commitments is to improve technology within West Mercia Police. Amongst other things, his role is to hold the Chief Constable to account and to ensure their police force is delivering an efficient and effective service that meets the needs of the public
Katy Bourne – PCC Sussex: Katy was raised and schooled in Sussex before graduating from Aberystwyth University. She still lives in mid-Sussex, is married to Kevin and has two adult sons. She was a successful business woman before entering politics and retains a keen interest in innovative business start-ups especially green technologies.
Katy is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 and 2021.
The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to account for the performance of the Force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax.
She also has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime and to deliver community safety initiatives including restorative justice and crime reduction grants.
Katy brings a genuine passion and commitment to make a difference and her work to support victims of crime has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers. Katy was also nationally recognised for founding the award-winning Sussex Youth Commission in 2013 and the Sussex Elders’ Commission in 2015.
Katy is a former Director of the Board of the College of Policing and former advisor to the editorial board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network. She is currently Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board; Chair and National Spokesperson of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners Retail & Business Crime Portfolio and Roads Policing Portfolio; and former Chair and a non-Exec Director of the national Police ICT Company.
In June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and she served as APCC Chair from July 2019-July 2020.
Gareth Wilson QPM DL – General Secretary of the Chief Police Officers Staff Association: Gareth started his career in Essex Police and worked in a variety of roles with a significant number within the specialist crime arena, including as a Senior Investigating Officer leading homicide and major crime investigations and as Director of Specialist Investigations. His last role in Essex was as the Detective Chief Superintendent of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
After 23 years, and having successfully completed the Strategic Command Course, Gareth joined Norfolk Constabulary as an Assistant Chief Constable for local policing, protective services and royalty protection.
Gareth then joined Suffolk Constabulary where he served as both the Deputy Chief Constable and Chief Constable, retiring in 2019. During his tenure he was Chair of the NPCC Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Co-ordination Committee, Investigations Portfolio and Homicide Working Group.
Following retirement from Home Office policing, Gareth was appointed as a senior civil servant and joined the Ministry of Defence Police as their Chief Operating Officer. He is also a lay member of the University of Suffolk Research Ethics Committee.
Gareth was awarded the Queens Police Medal in the 2020 New Years Honours List and was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk in February 2020.
Martin Hewitt – NPCC chair
From 1993 to 2005, Martin served in Kent Police where he undertook a number of roles with a focus on detective posts in both crime and counter terrorism. Martin joined Metropolitan Police Service in 2005, and after being the first head of the newly formed Met Intelligence Bureau, served in the ranks of Commander and Deputy Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for gangs, organised crime and specialist crime investigation.
As Assistant Commissioner, Martin was responsible for frontline policing across London, includes local policing and specialist crime commands . He was also the NPCC lead for both adult sexual offences and kidnap and extortion.
Prior to his police service, Martin spent seven years as a Commissioned Officer in The Royal Artillery. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal in the 2014 Birthday Honours.
Martin lives in London and is married with four children.
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.