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PCC team

OPCC Team 


Chief Finance Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer - Mark Simmonds (part-time)

Mark Simmonds

Mark joined Avon & Somerset Police Authority as Treasurer in May 2010.  Mark is a chartered accountant having qualified as an ACA in 1992 with Coopers Deloitte (now 'PWC') where he worked as audit manager before leaving audit to work in the business services and IT industries.  

As interim Chief Executive Officer his role is to support and advise the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) in delivering the Police & Crime Plan on behalf of the residents of Avon & Somerset, lead the Office of the PCC team and acting as the PCC’s Monitoring Officer.

 As Chief Finance Officer for the Police & Crime Commissioner the main priorities of his role are: value for money for taxpayers; financial strategy and budgeting; risk management; audit and governance; major projects; Treasury management; financial reporting and the annual statement of accounts.

CFO Job Description

Salary - Interim CEO annual salary is £84, 679, which will be paid monthly for the 9 months of the interim appointment.



Head of Communications - Rebecca Hehir


Rebecca Hehir previously worked in communications for what was Avon & Somerset Police Authority since January 2009.  Prior to this role Rebecca was a journalist in Somerset and Hampshire spending much of her career in radio.

As Head of Communications her role is to support the Police & Crime Commissioner by liaising with the media, effectively branding and marketing the PCC role and work, interacting with stakeholders via the website and social networking sites and proactively engaging with the communities of Avon & Somerset.

Call - 01278 646544 Email Rebecca Hehir


Head of Commissioning and Partnerships - Marc Hole 


Marc previously worked as a policy advisor for Avon and Somerset Police Authority since January 2010. Prior to this role Marc worked in a number of policy development and community engagement roles in local government.

As Head of Commissioning and Partnerships his role is to support and advise the Police and Crime Commissioner in commissioning & grant giving, consultation & engagement activity, partnership working and delivery of the Police and Crime Plan priorities. 

 Call 01278 646547 - Email Marc Hole




There are currently 17.80 F.T.E posts in the OPCC (not including the PCC)

The team includes an OPCC Staff Officer – an Avon and Somerset Constabulary police officer working with the OPCC. The post is line managed by the Constabulary.

You can read more about the staff structure and salaries

Equality and Diversity breakdown is as follows:

  • The proportion of staff who are women – 86%
  • The proportion of staff who are from an ethnic minority – 0%
  • The proportion of staff with a disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010 (a)) – 5%
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