Chief Constable Simon Byrne
Simon began his police career in the Met in 1982 on uniform
patrol pounding the beat around Paddington and St Johns Wood before
transferring to Merseyside Police in 1985.
There he enjoyed roles in uniform, CID and at Headquarters. In
2002, he became the BCU Commander for Knowsley, one of the most
deprived parts of the country. Joining ACPO in 2006 as ACC
Operations (following a short spell as ACC Personnel) he led a
force-wide crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour which saw
significant improvements in Force performance and service
He transferred to Greater Manchester Police in 2009 on promotion
to Deputy Chief Constable. Upon taking up this exciting post he led
a significant programme of performance improvement and innovation
which removed the Force from the jeopardy of intervention by the
He also oversaw a significant change programme both to reduce
costs and modernise how the Force worked with a strong investment
in Neighbourhood Policing. He has previously led change at a
national level in relation to the misuse of cannabis, deployment of
police ANPR and a revision of the approach to dealing with sex
workers and prostitution.
In 2011 Simon returned to head the largest operational command
in the Country running day-to-day policing in London’s 32 boroughs.
He also oversaw the Met’s Contact Centres, Safer Transport and
Criminal Justice Commands. Simon led significant improvements in
the police service to Londoners increasing response times to urgent
incidents, crime and cutting anti-social behaviour and convicting
more offenders. He also led the largest change to local
policing in a generation boosting neighbourhood policing teams
across the capital.
Simon began his service with Cheshire Constabulary in June 2014.
In 2015 he became the NPCC National lead
for National Police Air Service. Simon is married with
two children. He is a volunteer for the Severn Valley Steam
Railway. He is a keen gardener and enjoys winter sports and
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Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick
Janette joined Greater Manchester Police
in 1989, having done a degree at Nottingham University. Having
worked in areas across Greater Manchester, including leading on
roads policing, neighbourhood policing and communications, she
transferred to Cheshire Constabulary in 2010 as Assistant Chief
She currently is the national police spokesperson for Gypsies
and Irish Traveller issues, and regional lead for Public Order and
Operational Communications, and is an assessor for the Strategic
Public Order Command (which trains all specialist officers in this
field). She has been a strategic public order and firearms
commander since 2008, and has completed the Gold Incident
For the past 3 years she has chaired Cheshire’s Local
Resilience Forum which brings emergency and voluntary responders
together, such as the Local Authorities, Health, Fire, Highway and
Utilities, to plan and respond to emergencies and test plans in
relation to our many industrial sites. In this capacity, she led
the planning for Olympic events across the county in 2012 She has a
diploma in coaching and works with the national programme for the
progression of underrepresented groups.
Janette has been responsible for the delivery of effective
neighbourhood policing across the force area, particularly
community contact and engagement, including the development of
Volunteers (including Watch schemes) and Specials within the
In recent months she has revamped the Constabulary’s
Public Contact strategy, focusing on making it easier for the
public to speak to the police about the issues that concern them.
In her previous role, she was responsible for the Constabulary’s
uniformed specialist resources (dogs, firearms, public order,
underwater), and played a leading role in creating the joint
Cheshire North Wales Firearms Alliance which was recently launched
to provide a more joined up police response to incidents on the
border between the two forces.
Janette has taken responsibility for the development of new
Constabulary’s drugs, mental health and alcohol strategies. As part
of this she is involved in a number of stakeholder and partnership
groups across Cheshire, Warrington and Halton and has supported the
Altogether Better initiative in West Cheshire aimed at improving
the way in which services are delivered to vulnerable families.
Assistant Chief Constable Guy Hindle
Guy joined the Constabulary in 1986 and was posted
He started his CID career there before moving to his home town
of Warrington where he worked on CID until his promotion to
Sergeant in 1996. Guy served as a Detective at Halton and
also as Staff Officer to Chief Constable Peter Fahy before being
promoted to Chief Inspector in Call Management in 2006. He
then served in Uniform Operations and then reverted to an
investigative role as Detective Superintendent on the Major
Guy became Head of Crime and Force Operations in 2011 before
becoming Eastern Area Commander in 2013.
He passed the Senior Police National Assessment Centre later
that year and graduated from the Strategic Command Course in March
2014. Guy became Temporary Assistant Chief Constable in April
and was formally appointed to the role in July 2014.
Guy still lives in Warrington, has been married for 26 years and
has two grown up children. He has studied in his own time to
obtain a BA in Business Studies and an MSc in Strategic
Change. He is still a keen sportsman and has represented the
Constabulary and the British Police in different sports, but due to
middle age now only competes as a golfer. He is also a fan of
live music and is currently rebuilding his vinyl record
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts
Mark began his police career in 1993 by joining
Greater Manchester Police. He started out as a constable posted in
the Salford area and quickly rose to CID. He been both and
investigative and uniform officer at every rank up to
superintendent, with time spent in murder review, as a DCI on the
GMP major Investigation Team, and spending four years at the North
West Counter Terrorism Unit.
Mark has worked across Manchester, in Salford, Trafford, south
Manchester and the city centre. He was most recently posted in GMP
as the Trafford BCU Commander, where he was responsible for
policing football matches at Old Trafford – a career highlight as
that’s the area in which he was brought up.
A key achievement for Mark while there was the Force’s
collaboration with the Trafford local authority which led to
significant reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour. While
there, he also helped develop new ways of tackling organised
Having moved back to uniform as superintendent in Manchester
city centre, Mark became a firearms strategic commander and took a
lead on high-profile public order incidents and events, including
during the 2011 riots, where he was Silver Commander.
Mark has travelled quite extensively through his work, firstly
with the counter-terrorism unit and latterly in relation to
football with Manchester United and England. He attended Euro 2012
in Poland and passed up the opportunity to go to Brazil in order to
apply for this role (something, he says, looks a good decision
having seen how England played).
He went to Chile last year to take part in an organization of
American states workshops on major events, helping the
sub-continent prepare for the World Cup, during which he lectured
at the Chilean Police Academy in Santiago.
In his new role, Mark will pick up the regional lead on public
order and firearms and will be responsible for regularly reviewing
public order events for other forces around the country.
In his personal life, Mark has been married for 22 years and has
two daughters. He is a keen football fan and used to play rugby
enthusiastically for Trafford Metrovick, where he recalls being on
the receiving end of thumpings from Cheshire sides including
Sandbach, Crewe & Nantwich and Northwich.
Assistant Chief Officer Julie Gill
Julie joined Cheshire Constabulary from Cheshire West &
Chester Council where she was strategic director of resources,
responsible for leading budget and financial planning and reporting
During her time in that role, Julie led on the strategic
transformation and organisational design of the council, following
its inception in 2009. Projects included two major retails schemes
in Chester and Northwich, totalling £500m, and implementing a new
strategy that delivered over £18m of annual savings and transformed
the council’s approach to demand, supplier and contract management
to achieve better value for money.
Julie is no stranger to police organisations, having spent four
years at Merseyside Police as director of resources, during which
time she was collectively responsible for the strategic leadership
of the Force, covering a budget of £360m and 7,000 employees. She
also worked with the Cabinet Office and Home Office on its working
group, looking at the shared services model for policing in the
Elsewhere, Julie spent 18 months as director of central services
at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 12 months as deputy director of
finance and IT services at the Places For People Group, two years
as director of finance and corporate services at Halton College and
five years as deputy director of finance at Liverpool John Moores
She has also chaired the finance and human resources committee
of the Knowsley Housing Trust, on a voluntary basis.
Julie lives in St Helens on Merseyside and has three grown up
children. When she isn’t at work Julie likes to spend time
walking and cycling in North Wales with her family who are keen
anglers. Julie prefers to watch rather than participate in the
fishing but does enjoy cooking the catch of the day.