New county commissioner picks his team

Police are appealing for information about the incident in Kettering
Police are appealing for information about the incident in Kettering

Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds has appointed an interim management team to drive improvement in policing and justice in the county.

Iain Britton joins as assistant commissioner for justice. His experience includes working in social care, probation and most recently deputy head of policy for Northamptonshire Police. He will lead work to improve and speed up justice in the county and the commission’s work to put victims of crime first.

Kathryn Buckle is assistant commissioner for governance. She brings experience in private sector sales, high profile campaigns and senior management. Most recently she has been managing the business of members of parliament. Kathryn will lead work on management of decision making, processes and democratic accountability.

Peter Heaton is assistant commissioner for engagement. He has led communications for many local authorities and for NHS and government bodies. Peter will lead the commission’s public engagement work, initially on shaping its five-year police and crime plan.

John Raisin is assistant commissioner for resources. John brings wide experience at top level in public sector finance in a number of local authorities. He will lead determination of the police budget, the need to secure substantial savings and the drive to improve value for money.

Mr Simmonds said: “The commission has a big job to do – far bigger and wider than the old police authority.

“We are directly accountable to the public, through the new police and crime panel and I am pleased to have in place such a skilled and experienced interim management team so that we can get on quickly with the things that need to be done.”

The police authority ceased to exist on November 22 and its business continues to be wound down.