06 March 2020

Christine Elliott appointed interim Chair of College of Policing

Home Secretary approves appointment to replace former Chair, Millie Banerjee CBE.

Christine Elliott has been appointed by the Home Secretary as the interim Chair of the College of Policing, following her nomination by the College Board.

Christine takes over the role from outgoing Chair, Millie Banerjee.

Christine was the College's first independent director, appointed 2015 and is a proven senior leader with substantial chairing and non-executive experience. Prior to being appointed Interim Chair, she was the College’s Senior Independent Director and has chaired the Audit and Risk, and the Nominations and Remuneration Committees as well as currently chairing the College Regulatory Consultative Committee.

Christine is also Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council, which regulates fifteen professions; and is an independent lay member of the Editors' Code Committee, which reviews and revises the Code used by all UK press regulators. Her career encompasses public, private and non-profit sectors and her track record includes transformation, change, systems-thinking and collaboration. A signature role was as Director at the previously unknown and heavily indebted, WW2 code breaking site, Bletchley Park, which she built into an innovative organisation that became internationally renowned and received millions of government infrastructure investment and private donations.

Christine said:

“We all rely on brave and talented police officers and staff to protect us in increasingly complex circumstances and I’m looking forward to helping strengthen our connection with the frontline and deliver important pieces of work to support the service.”

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, College of Policing CEO, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Christine as the new interim Chair of the College of Policing. She brings a wealth of experience from the public and private sector and I know how passionate she is about working with people across policing to continue building a professional body which supports all officers and staff.

“Since being appointed as our first independent director five years ago Christine has chaired and been a member of a number of different College committees so I have witnessed first-hand her commitment to ensuring the police workforce have the knowledge and skills they need to keep people safe.

“I know she will use her insight and expertise to support me and colleagues across the College to promote improvements in policing."

A fair and open competition to recruit a substantive Chair will be undertaken in the coming months.

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