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Chief Constable Lynne Owens

Chief Constable Lynne Owens



Lynne has overall accountability for the Force's performance and is responsible for the Force's direction and leadership, stakeholder relations and political engagement.

She was appointed Chief Constable of Surrey Police in February 2012.

She began her police career in the Metropolitan Police Service, posted to Catford in South East London. She transferred to Kent Police on promotion to Sergeant, where she trained and specialised as a detective.

As a Detective Chief Inspector she was posted to the force major crime department as a Senior Investigating officer. On transferring to Surrey in 2002, Lynne became a BCU Commander of a division, covering three boroughs. In January 2005, she was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations). During that time she qualified as a Gold firearms Commander and took Gold Command of a number of critical incidents. Following successful completion of the Strategic Command Course, she was appointed Assistant Chief Constable (Territorial Operations), with responsibility for territorial divisions, partnership, criminal justice and neighbourhood policing.

In March 2008, Lynne was appointed as the Temporary Deputy Chief Constable leading a significant organisational change programme, professional standards department and collaboration in the South East Region. In April 2009 she transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service having been substantively appointed as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner responsible for Operations within Territorial Policing.

In December 2010 she took up post as an Assistant Commissioner as part of the MPS Management Board. She led on public order and event policing, including the delivery of the Royal Wedding in 2011, as well as other, predominantly uniformed Police Services. From August 2011 she was also responsible for the Specialist Crime Directorate.

She was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service in the New Years Honours (2008).

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Deputy Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave



Joining us from the Met, Nick has overall responsibility for strategic and operational co-ordination, professional standards, change programmes and Force performance.

He joined the Met in 1990, having previously worked as a physicist in the NHS. He rose through the ranks, spending time in Special Branch, Custody and Town Centre Proactive Teams at Brixton as a Sergeant and, as a DI in Peckham, running robbery and burglary squads. As an SIO he worked on the South London Murder Squad and received a Judge’s Commendation for his role as Senior Investigating Officer in charge of the successful re-investigation of the murder of Damilola Taylor.

His roles have also included setting up a guns and gangs unit in Southwark, Crime Commander for the Notting Hill Carnival over several years and Staff Officer to the Commissioner Lord Ian Blair. He was also responsible for designing and implementing the National Counter Terrorism Co-ordination Centre at New Scotland Yard and was Borough Commander for Lambeth before his promotion to Commander in Territorial Policing where he has led on Criminal Justice, Custody and Crime Policy for the MPS.

Nick was born and raised in East Surrey, where he still lives with wife Liz and four daughters. He’s a keen sportsman, enjoying cycling, dinghy sailing and swimming (the last two often at the same time!) and has represented the Met at wrestling. A keen musician, he plays the cornet in a brass band.
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Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Cundy

Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Cundy



Stuart has overall responsibility for Specialist Crime.

Stuart joined the Metropolitan Police in 1994, posted to Hounslow and Feltham before transferring on promotion to Brixton as a Sergeant. After a staff officer posting he was promoted to Detective Inspector in Lambeth, one of London's most challenging boroughs and in 2003 became a Detective Chief Inspector. As an SIO headed up nearly 30 homicide cases, including the high profile sexual assault and murder of Croydon teenager Sally Anne Bowman and contract killing of George Francis. Following promotion to Detective Superintendent he headed the Met’s Flying Squad, working to reduce armed robbery and cash-in-transit attacks, with notable cases including the UK's largest diamond armed robbery at Graff's jewellers.

In June 2010, he was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of Trident, where he subsequently broadened its remit to become the MPS lead for the prevention and investigation of shootings and gang crime in London.

Following completion of the national Strategic Command Course, Stuart was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable in Surrey Police.

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Assistant Chief Constable Gavin Stephens

Assistant Chief Constable Gavin Stephens



Gavin brings a wealth of experience from over 20 years within Surrey Police to the role of Assistant Chief Constable. His background and passion for local policing means he is ideal for the role of ACC overseeing Divisions. Gavin works with Deputy Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave and the Divisional Chief Superintendents to ensure the Divisions have a strong leadership presence and secure level of accountability.


Gavin holds the portfolio for policing policies for children and young people. In addition, he is the lead for all call handling and control rooms for Surrey and Sussex Police and takes a keen interest in the application of new technology in policing as the lead on digital services.

Born and bred in Hartlepool, Gavin studied engineering at the University of Cambridge and worked for GEC Marconi Research as a sponsored student. After joining Cambridgeshire Constabulary he moved to Surrey Police in 1996, initially based in East Surrey on Neighbourhood Policing, then in Serious & Organised Crime, Professional Standards and more recently in the Neighbourhood Policing Command.

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Assistant Chief Officer Jane Harwood

Assistant Chief Officer Jane Harwood


Jane's responsibilities include HR, ICT and Finance, as well as involvement in much of the Force's change activity.

She was previously at Surrey Police from 1996 to 2004 as Director of Corporate Development, responsible for corporate planning, performance management, corporate communications, strategic change, HMIC liaison and relationship management with Surrey Police Authority.

Jane started her career as an internal consultant at the Met, leading the National Management Information System project from inception to tender. Following her time at Surrey, she became Director of Corporate Development at Centrex, where her responsibilities included finance, HR and ICT. She then moved to the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council as Deputy Chief Executive, leading the development and delivery of all national policy and programmes.

Two years later she became Deputy Chief Executive for the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), leading the change programme from the MPA to the establishment of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. Later the same year she set up her own independent consultancy, providing executive support for chief officer teams and consultancy on support service management.

Jane is married with children and a dog. She enjoys skiing and trying to keep fit and has completed three London marathons, as well as two triathlons. She’s also a fundraiser for COSMIC which raises funds for children in intensive care.
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Chief Information Officer Ben Rowntree

Chief Information Officer Ben Rowntree


Ben Rowntree joined Surrey and Sussex Police in June 2014 in the newly created role of Joint Chief Information Officer, leading both Forces’ IT teams.

Ben’s most recent role was Divisional Chief ICT Officer at transport operator First Group and prior to that he has led teams responsible for rolling out improvement programmes across healthcare, transport, retail, financial services, government, insurance and the regulated industries.

Ben’s aim is to continue to improve shared working and ensure our investment in technology adds value to both organisations’ service to the public.
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Special Constabulary Chief Officer

Special Constabulary Chief Officer
Chris Chapman



Chris joined the force in 2003 as a Special Constable based at Farnham, and during his time with Surrey he has worked across both the West and North of county as part of Neighbourhoods and Response commands.

In 2009 Chris was promoted to Special Sergeant with the Runnymede Safer Neighbourhood Team, and rose to the rank of Special Inspector two years later. His team won the Specials Team of the Year in 2012, and Chris was chosen as Special Constable of the Year. He was runner up in the South East Region Awards in March 2013.

Chris was appointed as Chief Officer following an extensive review of the Special Constabulary. He says: ‘We have a lot of exciting things to look forward to over the next few years; new Special Constables will have better training than ever before, and greater opportunities to get involved in local policing. We are aligned with and managed by regular officers, which will integrate the Special Constabulary more fully into the organisation, and ensure that we are really effective in supporting Surrey Police to keep the people of Surrey safer.’

Chris believes in leading from the front in all aspects of his role, and his aim is ‘to leave things in a better state than when I found them’. Chris lives in Surrey with Justine and his two children, Lauren and Ryan, and in his day job is National Sales Manager for GlucoRx, a Surrey based pharmaceutical company.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Helen Collins

Detective Chief Superintendent (West)
Helen Collins



Helen Collins joined the Force in 1989, based at Weybridge. During her time at Surrey she has worked across the Force area in a variety of roles, but has spent a large proportion of her career as a detective. This has included roles as Senior Investigating Officer within the Major Crime Investigation Team and Detective Chief Inspector within the Public Protection Strategy Unit.

Helen was promoted to Superintendent Operations at West Surrey in 2007, before taking over responsibility for Neighbourhood Policing in June 2008. Later that year she was promoted to Chief Superintendent and Divisional Commander of West Surrey.

As the Chief Superintendent in charge of West Surrey, Helen's aim is to provide a professional, ethical and resilient service to the residents and visitors to Surrey.

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Chief Superintendent Charlie Doyle

Chief Superintendent (East) Charlie Doyle



Charlie joined Surrey Police in 1988 and has worked across the county in a variety of uniformed operational policing roles. In 1993 he was posted to Guildford on promotion as a patrol sergeant. This was followed in 1995 by custody duties at Woking, then patrol duties at Elmbridge.

In 1998 Charlie was promoted to Inspector at Woking and then to Chief Inspector for the North West area of Surrey in 2002.

He was promoted to Superintendent responsible for co-ordinating Neighbourhood Policing in 2005, before taking on the role of Superintendent Operations in North Surrey two years later. Prior to taking up his current role Charlie was Divisional Commander for East Surrey.

As Chief Superintendent in charge of East Surrey, Charlie's key aims are to keep people safe and secure by dealing with the things that matter the most to them at the earliest opportunity, including tackling anti-social behaviour and targeting crime and disorder.

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Chief Superintendent Tasking & Co-ordination Adrian Harper

Detective Chief Superintendent (North) Matthew Twist



Matt joined Surrey from the Metropolitan Police (MPS) to take geographic responsibility for the northern part of the county. He served in the MPS for 16 years and was most recently responsible for all crime and operations at Heathrow and London City airports. 

Matt was a part of the MPS Advanced Public Order Cadre, undertaking ongoing command roles at the Notting Hill Carnival, New Year's Eve and Chelsea, Fulham and QPR premiership football games, as well as large ceremonial events such as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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Chief Superintendent Tasking & Co-ordination Adrian Harper

Chief Superintendent Specialist Crime
David Miller



Dave transferred from Sussex Police to take leadership of Specialist Crime. Dave has served for 15 years in Sussex and with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies and the National Crime Squad. Most recently he had responsibility for neighbourhood and response policing across West Sussex.

During his time at Sussex Police, he represented the region on tackling Organised Immigration Crime, Human Trafficking and Exploitation. As Chief Inspector and District Commander for Brighton Central, Dave was responsible for CID, response and neighbourhood resources and performance delivery.

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Head of Finance & Services, Paul Bundy

Head of Finance & Services, Paul Bundy



Paul is the lead finance professional for Surrey Police, ensuring the proper administration of the Force's financial affairs, so that the organisation operates efficiently, effectively and in accordance with statutory requirements and accounting standards. Paul is responsible for the effective management of the property portfolio, procurement function and fleet services ensuring value for money and compliance with best practice standards.

Paul joined Surrey Police in 1994 and was based at Farnham Police Station, he moved to the HQ finance team later the same year. Between 1994 and 2003 Paul undertook various finance roles and qualified as an accountant in 2001. He was promoted to Head of Finance in 2003 and gained the new Head of Finance & Services role in October 2010. Paul's aims are to ensure finance resources are maximised and deployed to best advantage for the residents of Surrey, to provide a value for money and operationally effective fleet, property and procurement service and to form a Support Services cohesive approach through our valued people to support front line delivery.

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Head of Human Resources, Paul McElroy

Head of Human Resources, Paul McElroy



The lead HR professional for Surrey Police, Paul is responsible for the development and provision of HR support that meets the strategic priorities of the force and enables front line services to deliver. Paul McElroy joined Surrey as a Constable in 1976 and rose through the ranks in a variety of operational roles before joining the HR Senior Management Team in 2003. He took over as the then Director of Human Resources in 2005 and retained the role on his retirement as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2007. During his time in HR, Paul has been instrumental in the transformation of the HR function and has led on many aspects of workforce innovation and modernisation, including pioneering pre-learn training for police recruits. Paul was appointed as the Head of Human Resources following the creation of Support Services in 2010.

Paul's aims are to provide a class leading HR service and a delivery model that opens up future collaborative opportunities, to support front-line services and increase operational resilience by improving all aspects of workforce planning, succession planning and talent management. To ensure that all HR processes and procedures are user friendly, cost effective and flexible enough to respond to the needs of the organisation and to move to a culture where all HR staff see their roles as enabling the business of policing to succeed. p>

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