Mark began his police career in 1993 joining Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and was initially posted to Salford.

Throughout his career, he has performed both investigative and uniform roles at each rank, up to Superintendent, including leading a syndicate on the GMP Major Investigation Team and as Head of Investigations at the North West Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) during which time he was awarded three commendations from the Director of the FBI. He was part of the review team looking at the serial killer Harold Shipman, a hostage negotiator and received a Chief Constable’s commendation for his role as a test purchaser tackling drug dealing in Moss Side. Whilst in the CTU, Mark completed the prestigious international Leadership in Counter Terrorism programme.

Mark worked across Greater Manchester, in Salford, Trafford, South Manchester and the city centre, his last posting being as the Trafford BCU Commander between 2009- 2014, where he was responsible for policing Old Trafford, including numerous high profile matches and the Olympic football games held there. During this time Trafford had the lowest levels of crime in Greater Manchester.

A key achievement for Mark while at GMP was his collaboration with Trafford Local Authority, which led to significant reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour, and innovative ways of tackling organised crime. This problem solving approach was recognised at the prestigious “Goldstein Awards”.

Mark is a public order and firearms strategic commander and was in charge of the tactical response to the 2011 riots in Manchester and Salford, for which he was Silver Commander and was regularly deployed as the Head of Delegation when England played abroad.

Mark moved to Cheshire Constabulary in 2014 as Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing. During this time, he led on the restructure of neighbourhood policing which coincided with a twenty-five year low in recorded crime and an approach judged “outstanding” by HMIC.

In this role, Mark was the North West lead on public order and became the National Lead for football policing, a position he retains to this day.

Mark joined South Yorkshire Police (SYP) in 2017 and is now also the NPCC lead for Covert Legislation and Guidance. He was responsible for the UK’s policing support to EURO 2016 in France and the World Cup in Russia, complicated by events in Salisbury. He recently completed an independent review into football policing on behalf of Police Scotland.

In South Yorkshire, Mark was responsible for force performance, discipline and complaints, legal services and corporate communications. During that time, SYP has been the most improved force in the country for three consecutive years and is now amongst the very top tier of high performing forces. HMICFRS now assess the force as ‘Good’ across every measure in the annual PEEL assessment and it is the only force in the country to be assessed as ‘Outstanding’ in respect of ethical and lawful leadership.

Marks tenure as Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary commenced on 24th April 2021.

CCMark roberts
CC Mark Roberts

Chris joined Cheshire Constabulary as Deputy Chief Constable in September 2021 having previously been DCC at the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC).

He was brought up in Cheshire so was delighted to now have the opportunity to work in a county where he has so many connections and memories.

His career started when he joined the British Army in 1981 and served with the Royal Engineers for eight years before joining Merseyside Police in 1989, where he went on to perform a variety of roles for the next 26 years.

Chris performed the role of BCU Commander at both St Helens and Toxteth, before being appointed to Assistant Chief Constable at Merseyside Police in 2011.

In 2014 he was seconded to Gwent Police for six months for the role of Police Gold Commander for the NATO Summit Wales, ultimately commanding an operation involving more than 10,000 officers and staff

Chris has also been the NPCC Lead for the both the Protest and Sex Work Portfolios and was extremely proud to be awarded the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in 2015.

In 2019 he was appointed DCC for the CNC. He commanded 1,250 authorised firearms officers across the UK and was also deployed as the Gold Commander for escort operations of nuclear material domestically and internationally.

Chris has commanded armed UK police assets in America, France, Germany and Japan and was awarded an OBE for services to UK Nuclear Security in 2020.

Policing is very much part of his family. His father was a Cheshire sergeant, and his wife, Alison, has recently retired after 28 years as a PC with Merseyside. He  three sons, one of whom is a police officer, and three grandchildren.

DCC Chris Armitt
DCC Chris Armitt

Biography to be added.

Jenny was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) in January 2020 and oversees the Operations Portfolio – which includes local policing and partnerships, uniformed operations, roads policing and the force control centre.

Jenny was previously ACC at Staffordshire Police where she was responsible for the neighbourhoods and partnerships and contact and response.

She became a police officer in 1993 in Merseyside and undertook roles including response and neighbourhood policing and uniform operations.

Jenny has also undertaken two national secondments within her service and was the force lead for Operation Brookdale - a partnership response to tackle the antisocial and criminal use of motorcycles which continues today.

She is also the national lead for vehicle crime.

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ACC Jenny Sims

Julie joined Cheshire Constabulary from Cheshire West and 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 retail schemes in Chester and Northwich, totalling £500m, and implementing a new strategy that delivered over £18m of annual savings. This strategy transformed the council’s approach to demand, supplier and contract management.

Julie is no stranger to police organisations, having spent four years at Merseyside Police as director of resources. During this 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 in Merseyside and has three grown up children.  When she isn’t at work Julie likes to spend her 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. 

The Head of HR is responsible for developing and implementing the People Strategy that supports the delivery of the Policing Plan and ensures the Constabulary has a workforce that meets its long term requirements and is representative.

The Head of HR is responsible for facilitating a high performance culture, maximising the potential and performance of staff through the design, development and implementation of Resourcing, Capability and Development strategies, and facilitating fair, respectful, diverse employees able to contribute their very best to the business.

Responsible for:

  • External communications, including media relations and reputation management
  • Campaign development and delivery
  • Digital communications, including the force website and social media channels
  • Internal communications
  • Force community engagement activity

Head of legal department providing services to Constabulary and Police and Crime Commissioner.

Role covers acting as deputy S.151 officer, provision of financial advice, preparation of the medium term financial strategy and annual budget through to production of the annual statement of accounts, together with ensuring the Constabulary uses their resources efficiently, effectively and economically whilst acting in accordance with Financial Regulations and legislation.

Responsible for unit which is focused on delivering change to meet financial needs, challenge poor performance, and to strive for continuous service improvements.  Work in conjunction with other police forces on a national and regional basis, and other agencies to achieve economies of scale by collaboration.  Review, implement, and communicate the aims of the Corporate Procurement Strategy to raise the profile of procurement.  Provide professional procurement advice and support to projects that involve high value, high risk to ensure the most suitable supplier is selected to provide goods and services.  Manage and monitor service, operating agreements, and contracts in line with agreed priorities.

Responsible for unit which is focused on delivering Estates & Facilities Management functions which include Building Asset Management, Print Services, Distribution and Logistics (including post), stores (Including Uniform), Corporate Administration and Property and Exhibits whilst always striving to achieve ‘best value’ and continuous service improvements.  Review, implement, and communicate the aims of the Corporate Estates Strategy.  Provide professional advice and support to in all aspects of Estates & Facilities Management and monitor service, operating agreements, and contracts.

The Estate Strategy aims to set out how the Facilities Management Department will work with The Commissioner and the Chief Constable to ensure that fit for purpose facilities and functions are provided to deliver effective operational policing and support from which to receive the public and enhance community engagement.

The Estate Strategy aims to deliver an estate and services which will be more efficient and of lower cost to run, which is flexible enough to respond to the developing service requirements of the local community and to contribute to increasing public confidence in policing.  It will allow the Constabulary to maintain and improve high quality services, to improve effectiveness and to ensure good value for money and an efficient use of resources.

This strategy supports the Police and Crime Plan and Policing Objectives and is complemented by the Environmental Strategy and Carbon Management Plan.

Head of Planning and Performance - Paul Woods

Head of Information and Technology - Andy Robson

Responsible for:

Providing a strategic change and portfolio management consultancy and commissioning service to Cheshire Police.

To support and deliver programmes and projects in order to deliver the Force Business Strategy.

Drive faster adoption, higher utilisation and greater proficiency of change to increase benefit realistion and return on investigation.

Leading and maintain business partnering relationships across the Blue Light Partnership and with external suppliers in support of transformational activities.