Mike Cunningham QPM

​Mike joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1987 and worked in a number of operational roles before becoming a divisional commander in Blackpool in 2002. He attended the Strategic Command Course in 2005 and was appointed assistant chief constable in Lancashire Constabulary in 2005 and deputy chief constable in 2007. In 2009, Mike was appointed Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police.

In 2013, he was awarded a Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours list and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University.

Nationally, he was chair of the ACPO Counter Corruption Advisory Group, a lead for Professional Standards, and lead of the National Policing Workforce Development Business Area.

During his service with Lancashire Constabulary, Mike was known for his commitment to diversity and took on the role of national policing lead for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues.
Prior to his appointment to the College, Mike was HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services, where he had been in post since September 2014.

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