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OPCC Team 


Chief Executive - John Smith

John Smith

 John Smith has been Chief Executive of what previously was Avon & Somerset Police Authority since June 2009.  Prior to this role John was a partner in a commercial law firm in Bristol specialising in public sector issues and collaborative working.  

As Chief Executive his role is to support and advise the Police & Crime Commissioner in delivering the Police & Crime Plan on behalf of the residents of Avon & Somerset. 

CEO Job Description

Salary - £101,778




Chief Finance 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 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 - £73,213



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 - 01275 816386. 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 01275 816384 - Email Marc Hole



Name TitleMore information
Amanda Bennett   PA to PCC  
Joanna Coulon   Criminal Justice & Commissioning Officer (Part-time)
Alaina Davies    Resources Officer (Part-time)
Lauren Easterbrook   Digital, Events & Engagment Co-ordinator (One-year student placement)
Vicky Ellis   PA to Chief Executive & Chief Finance Officer  
Amber Foreman   Media & PR Officer  
Anna Hill   Custody Visiting & Commissioning Officer  
Amy Hurst   Senior Commissioning & Policy Officer  
Emma James & Rachel Daniel   Administration & Contact Handling Officers (Job-share)
Alice Jones   Senior Commissioning & Policy Officer  
Donna King   Commissioning Support Officer 18 month fixed term contract (part-time)
Louise Meacham   Administration Officer (Part-time)
Kathryn Palmer   Public Contact & Standards Officer  
Manjinder Purewal   Criminal Justice Senior Responsible Officer 2 year fixed term contract (partner funded)
Karin Takel   Strategic Planning & Performance Officer  
Kate Watson   Office & HR Manager  


DS Ashley Jones, OPCC Staff Officer. A Constabulary Officer working with the OPCC team providing support to  the PCCs priorities and commitments and working collaboratively between the OPCC and the Constabulary (18 month appointment line manged by the Constabulary).

Helen Carrington is working with the OPCC to provide support to the Reducing Reoffending programme working collaboratively between the OPCC, the Constabulary and partners (6 month secondment from the Civil Service Fast Stream programme).


There are currently 18 F.T.E posts in the OPCC (not including the PCC)

You can read more about the staff structure and salaries

Equality and Diversity breakdown is as follows:

  • The proportion of staff who are women – 83%
  • The proportion of staff who are from an ethnic minority – 5%
  • The proportion of staff with a disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010 (a)) – 5%
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