Chief officers

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 standards.

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 Home Office.

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. Simon is married with two children. He is a volunteer for the Seven Valley Steam Railway. He is a keen gardener and enjoys winter sports and cycling.


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 Constable.

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 Commanders Course.

 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 Constabulary.

 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.


Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Guy Hindle

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts