Chief officers

Chief Constable Simon Byrne

Chief Constable Simon ByrneSimon 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. 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 cycling.

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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 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.


Assistant Chief Constable Guy Hindle

Guy joined the Constabulary in 1986 and was posted to Macclesfield.

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 Investigation Team.

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 collection.


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 crime.

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 processes.

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 UK.

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 University.

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.