The Gender Agenda has been developed by an executive group representing the British Association of Women Police, the Senior Women Officers’ Conference, the Police Federation, the ACPO Women’s Group, the Metropolitan Association of Senior Women Officers, Action E and the European Network of Policewomen.

The members of the group were :    

Jan Berry, Police Federation of England and Wales

Jan Berry is Vice Chairman of the Police Federation – the staff association which represents more than 120,000 police officers between the ranks of constable and chief inspector. She joined Kent County Constabulary as a cadet in 1971 and is now a Chief Inspector. During her service she has worked as a detective, taught police law and practice and advised on crime prevention. Jan also specialised in dealing with cases of child abuse and domestic violence. In 1987 Jan became the Woman Inspectors’ Federation representative in Kent and was elected Chairman of the Kent branch of the Police Federation in 1981. In 1993 she was elected onto the National Committee of the Police Federation and was the General Secretary of the Inspectors’ Central Committee before being elected as Vice Chairman in July 2000.


Chief Inspector Ellie Bird, West Midlands Police

Ellie Bird is Head of Press and Public Relations for West Midlands Police. She joined the force in 1983 and has experience in uniform and headquarters roles. As a constable, Ellie remembers having to wait for the Detective Police Woman’s post to become vacant. She has a BA in Business Administration and an MBA in Public Policy. In her current role Ellie is exploring ways in which the police service can communicate more effectively with the diverse communities that make up the West Midlands. She hopes that these lessons will also help in improving the way in which the service as a whole markets its opportunities and achievements, particularly around the areas of recruitment, retention and progression of women officers. In driving the Gender Agenda forward in the West Midlands, Ellie is leading on forming network and focus groups to raise awareness of the issues facing women, and to bring about changes where needed.


Inspector Lorraine Bottomley, West Midlands Police

Lorraine Bottomley joined the police service in 1986 and has spent the majority of her career as a uniform operational officer. She has been actively involved in equality issues for the past six years. As Secretary of the ACTION E national equal opportunities group Lorraine organised two national seminars for EO staff covering part time working, recruitment and retention, networking and mentoring.  She is also a member of the ACPO Equalities Sub-Committee and played a lead role in writing the document ‘Part Time Working and Flexible Working Options’. Lorraine has a degree in management and is just completing her Masters in law.


Professor Jennifer Brown, University of Surrey

Jennifer Brown is professor in forensic psychology at the University of Surrey where she is director of the Masters programme. She has researched extensively into equality issues within the police and most recently collaborated with Professor Frances Heidensohn on a comparative analysis of policewomen’s experiences, producing a book – Gender and Policing. She previously worked at Portsmouth University providing distance learning courses for police officers and also spent eight years as the research manager for Hampshire Constabulary.


Irene Divine, British Association of Women Police

Irene Divine is National Co-ordinator of the British Association of Women Police (BAWP). She joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1972, transferring to Greater Manchester Police two years later. Most of her service has been in uniform operations in Rochdale, Salford and Oldham but she also spent time in CID and the force’s Discipline and Complaints branch. During her career Irene was involved in enquiries into the Yorkshire Ripper murders and was a football match commander in the then first division. In the last ten years of her service Irene was a Chief Inspector and then as a Superintendent she was Sub-Divisional Commander of a busy urban area. As National Co-ordinator of BAWP Irene is responsible for membership and liaison with police and other agencies.


Detective Superintendent Colette Paul

Colette Paul joined the Metropolitan Police in 1982. During her service she has spent most of her time in CID working in north and east London. During 1998 – 2000 Colette took a two-year career break in Canada. She is now running a Pro-Active Task Force for the Diversity Directorate, a job which co-ordinates the work of intelligence and surveillance units to tackle race, hate and violent crime across London.


Detective Superintendent Jackie Roberts, South Wales Police

Jackie Roberts has 17 years police service having joined South Wales Police in 1983. She has served in a number of posts both in uniform and CID departments, and has worked as Staff Officer to the Chief Constable. In July this year Jackie was appointed Deputy Head of the Criminal Investigation Department and is Chair of the South Wales Female Police Association.


Assistant Chief Constable Julie Spence, Thames Valley Police

Julie Spence is ACC Corporate Development for Thames Valley Police and is President of the British Association of Women Police. Her initial training was in teaching, but after a year she left to join Avon & Somerset Constabulary where she served until joining TVP in 1999. During her career she has enjoyed a wide variety of roles including uniform operations, training, family and child protection, press office and operational command. She spent two years seconded to the ACPO Secretariat and was involved in policy development at a national level. In her current post with Thames Valley Police her directorate is responsible for research, planning, performance, information technology and corporate communication. Julie is a regional representative on the ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee, a member of the ACPO Equalities Sub-Committee and of the Leadership and Management Development Board.


Deputy Chief Constable Anne Summers, West Midlands Police

As Deputy Chief Constable Anne Summers is responsible for the Development of Force Policy and Planning, Performance and Review, Communication issues, Audit and Quality of Service Delivery and has been preparing the force and the Police Authority for Best Value. She also leads WMP’s drive to develop and deliver its anti-corruption strategy. Anne started her police career with Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1971, serving in a variety of roles including operational commander of an inner city area and head of the Complaints and Discipline department. She was appointed Assistant Chief Constable with West Midlands Police in 1996 initially responsible for Community Affairs and Planning before taking on the Crime portfolio. She was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in 1999 and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service in June 2001.


Rachel Tuffin, Home Office

Rachel Tuffin joined the Leadership, Management and Organisation section of the Policing and Reducing Crime Unit at the Home Office in 1998. She is a Senior Research Officer with responsibility for the Equality and Diversity research programme. Rachel has published reports on the career progression of minority ethnic police officers, recruitment from minority ethnic communities and on preparations for Best Value in the police service. Her current police research topics include flexible working practices, women’s career progression and national recruitment standards. She was a member of the first Home Office task force in Macedonia which co-ordinated the evacuation of refugees from Kosovo in 1999. Before joining the Home Office’s Research, Development and Statistics Directorate, she was a research fellow at the University of East London, where she carried out evaluations of crime prevention and community safety initiatives.


Superintendent Nicola Grevatt of the Metropolitan Police, Superintendent Joy Lott of Gwent Police, Katherine Edwards and Avril Benjamin of the Police Equality and Diversity Team at the Home Office have also played key roles in the development of the Gender Agenda.


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