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PCC team

OPCC Team 


The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is run by a dedicated team who support the PCC.

The team support:

  • Strategic financial policy
  • Performance, monitoring and scrutiny
  • Governance and compliance
  • Commissioning, grant funding and partnerships
  • Communications and engagement
  • Audit and general administrative duties.


The OPCC is led by a Chief Executive, whose responsibility is to manage the staff and provide a monitoring role to ensure standards remain high. The team also includes a Chief Finance Officer to advise the PCC on financial matters and the impact on any decisions regarding the budget, spending and commissioning.


Staff structure:

OPCC Senior Leadership Team:

Interim Chief Executive Officer (January 2020 – May 2021) - Mark Simmonds

Mark's role is to support and advise the PCC in delivering the Police and Crime Plan on behalf of the residents of Avon and Somerset, lead the OPCC team and act as the PCC's monitoring officer.

Head of Commissioning and Partnerships - Marc Hole

Marc supports and advises the CEO and the PCC in commissioning and partnership work including: developing the PCC’s partnership and commissioning strategies, support services for victims, grant giving, strategic commissioning, consultation & engagement activity, partnership working and delivery of the Police and Crime Plan priorities.

Interim Head of Communications and Engagement - Niamh Byrne

Niamh's role is to support the CEO and PCC by liaising with the media on matters of public interest and effectively communicating and publicising the role and work of the PCC. The Communications and Engagement Team lead and develop the PCC’s communications and engagement strategies, they cultivate relationships with partners and stakeholders through meetings, community days, public forums or joint campaigns. The team proactively look for opportunities to seek the views of our communities through online channels like our website, social media platforms and surveys.

Head of Contact and Conduct Policy - Sally Fox

Sally supports the PCC by managing the Contacts Team who deal with all public contact for the PCC, providing a proactive and responsive service to complaints and to help bring improvements in policing. She also provides oversight of Professional Standards, ensuring public complaints are handled fairly and impartially. In addition to this, Sally also leads the OPCC responsibilities in respect of Reviews, Police Appeal Tribunals and Misconduct Hearings.

Office and HR Manager - Kate Watson

Kate provides office management services to the OPCC by managing the day to day operations of the team and provides organisational support to the business in line with the OPCC business plan. Kate also manages, with the CFO, the delivery of the HR service, people management advice and support to the Senior Leadership team and staff.

Chief Finance Officer

A recruitment process is currently taking place to recruit a permanent CFO.


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%


The 7 principles of public life:

The team support the PCC by applying the '7 principles of public life'. These principles were set out by Lord Nolan in 1995 and apply to anyone who works as a public-office holder.

The 7 principles are:

  1. Accountability
  2. Honesty
  3. Integrity
  4. Objectivity
  5. Selflessness
  6. Openness
  7. Leadership

Find out more about the 7 principles of public life on the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life--2

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