Governance

Our governance, committees and minutes of meetings.

The College's governance reflects its role as the professional body for everybody in policing and its status as a company limited by guarantee and an arm's-length body of the Home Office. It is operationally independent of the Home Office.

Board of directors

The College board of directors is led by an independent chair, Nick Herbert (Lord Herbert of South Downs). It also comprises:

  • the College chief executive officer (CEO)
  • four independent directors from various sectors
  • one chief constable
  • one member of police staff
  • one member from the superintendent ranks
  • one member from the federated ranks
  • one police and crime commissioner

As the College is currently a company limited by guarantee, as well as an arm's-length body of the Home Office, all members of the board are company directors.

The purpose of the College board is to secure the long-term success of the College of Policing. It sets the strategic direction and the values of the College and ensures that the College meets its obligations to the public, its members, its partners and the Home Secretary, as the sole Member of the company. The board of directors bring to bear professional judgement, knowledge and experience from across the different sectors in consideration of matters of strategy, performance, risk, financial and human resources and the conduct of College staff.

The board is supported by three committees.

Audit and risk committee (ARC)

The board is responsible for the management of risk, control and overall governance and is supported in the discharge of this responsibility by the ARC. The ARC also supports the board in the management of performance. 

Nominations and remuneration committee (NRC)

The NRC supports the board by discharging its responsibilities for the composition and effectiveness of the board and its committees, the remuneration of the College chair, the CEO, other executive directors and the principles and policy relating to the remuneration of all College staff.

Professional committee

The College CEO chairs the professional committee, whose membership comprises representatives of officers and staff of all grades and ranks and PCCs. It makes evidence-based decisions on the service's capability needs and the development of national standards and practice. The professional committee supports the board in defining plans and priorities, working with the College executive.

More information about the professional committee, including minutes of committee meetings.

Executive directors

The executive leadership team is led by the CEO who is also the College's accounting officer. The CEO is supported in their duties and responsibilities by the team of executive directors and is accountable to the College of Policing board of directors.

The executive directors lead the College, overseeing the operations and management of the organisation. They are responsible for driving the College's achievement of its strategic objectives and creating the culture that enables everybody in the College to meet the standards and principles of the College of Policing Code of Ethics for Policing in England & Wales. They ensure the standards of good governance, decision making and financial management across the College, including the safeguarding, proper handling and value for money of public funds.