Chief Constable Simon Byrne
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.
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
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.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Guy Hindle
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts