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Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy

Sir Peter Fahy grew up in East London and joined the police in 1981. Sir Peter is married with four children. He holds an Honours degree in French and Spanish from Hull University and a Master's degree in Human Resource Strategy from the University of East Anglia. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in January 2004 and a knighthood in June 2012. He has been a governor at various schools for 20 years and is President of the Manchester Federation of boys and girls clubs.

He started his policing career in Hertfordshire and then moved to West Midlands Police as an Inspector and later Surrey Police as Assistant Chief Constable. He was appointed Chief Constable of Cheshire in 2002 and became Chief Constable of Greater Manchester in 2008.

Throughout his career as a chief officer, he has been a strong advocate of police reform and innovation. Nationally he chaired the ACPO Race and Diversity Business Area for four years, leading work on meeting the recommendations of the CRE investigation into the Police Service, community cohesion, hate crime and fairness in the criminal justice system. In 2006, he was appointed Director of the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill, a position he held for six years. He chaired the ACPO Workforce Development Business Area for five years leading the work for ACPO throughout the Winsor Review of Policing and was made ACPO Vice President in 2012 and a director of the College of Policing in 2013. He has national responsibility for the Prevent Programme and for the Special Constabulary. He is a member of the board of the Police Executive Research Forum ( Perf ) and a member of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins

Ian joined GMP in April 2008 on promotion to Assistant Chief Constable.  He started his career in Staffordshire Police in 1989 and has served in Northamptonshire and Cheshire Police where he was Divisional Commander for Chester and Ellesmere Port and the Cheshire Eastern Area Basic Command Unit.

As an Assistant Chief Constable in GMP, Ian has had responsibility for Specialist Operations, Call Handling and Response Policing and territorial Divisions including Salford, Wigan and Trafford.  Ian has much experience of managing large events such as Party Political Conferences, a number of high profile football games as well as significant protests, firearms incidents and critical incidents.  Ian was also selected to undertake a three-month secondment as syndicate director for the  2011 Strategic Command Course at Bramshill.

Ian has an MBA (distinction), Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.  He is a Director of Marketing Manchester and the ACPO lead for both the Policing of Party Political Conferences and Digital Engagement. Ian was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police in December 2011.  He currently has responsibility for Force performance, the Force Change Programme and Corporate Communications. He will be appointed Chief Constable in October 2015.

Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley

Dawn Copley began her career in Lancashire Constabulary where she served for 23 years, gaining extensive experience across a range of uniform, detective and corporate roles.

Dawn completed the Strategic Command Course in 2010 and was appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable in Greater Manchester Police in June 2010. Within GMP, Dawn’s portfolio includes Specialist Operations and Organisational Learning and Workforce Development. Dawn has a Master of Science Degree in Police Leadership and Management from Leicester University and was a member of the High Potential Development Scheme. 

ACC Gary Shewan

Over the past 28 years Garry has extensive experience of policing across a range of challenges - he was the architect of City Centre Safe tackling alcohol related crime in Manchester, a key commander during the 2002 Commonwealth games, was instrumental in designing the policing response to the riots in 2011 and recently led the expansion of Hate Crime to include crimes against those belonging to Alternative Sub-Cultures.

Garry's expertise lies in the design and implementation of Neighbourhood Policing systems and consistently looks to how the relationship between communities and policing can be improved.  Garry's current work includes the development of a Community Based Asset approach to policing and stronger use of engagement as an effective tool.Garry was appointed Assistant Chief Constable with Cheshire Police in 2005 but returned to Greater Manchester Police in 2009 where he holds the portfolio of Territorial Policing, Professional Standards and Neighbourhoods, Confidence and Equality. 

Garry is also the National Police Lead for Restorative Justice, Stalking and Harassment and Student Crime.  Garry has overseen a huge expansion of the use of Restorative Use to give victims a stronger say within the Criminal Justice System whilst seeking to reduce re-offending.  Garry is committed to improving the response of the police service to the threats from stalking behaviour and promotes greater awareness and better understanding of risk. In recognition to of Garry’s commitment to Equality and tackling Hate Crime he was asked to take a National lead for the policing of the Jewish Communities in response to the increasing threat across Europe in 2015. Garry has also been awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service. The award recognises Garry’s work within GMP, Cheshire and his national work on Neighbourhood Policing, Stalking and especially Restorative Justice.

ACC Ian Wiggett

Ian Wiggett has 27 years police service, and is currently a Assistant Chief Constable in Greater Manchester Police, with responsibility for Protective Services.  In this role, he has responsibility for the Specialist Operations Branch which encompasses public order policing, roads policing, mounted, dogs, air and marine support, as well as policing of Manchester Airport.

Ian previously headed the Operational Communications Branch, which provided the call handling, command and control, and crime recording functions for the whole force.  He is also leading work in relation to missing persons and mental health. Prior to joining GMP, Ian served in Cheshire Constabulary, where he had responsibility for Neighbourhood Policing, Specialist Operations, Custody, Area Operations, and Intelligence.  He also led a number of forcewide change programmes.  Ian also served in the Metropolitan Police for 17 years, mainly in West and South West London.  He was the Detective Chief Inspector for the boroughs of Merton, Spelthorne, and Kensington and Chelsea, before heading the Intelligence and Performance functions across all 32 London Boroughs.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts 

 Rob was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable in June 2015. His responsibilities include Public Protection, Operational Communications and policing delivery across the territorial areas of Tameside, Stockport, Bolton, Wigan, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham. 

Previously Rob worked within the Change and Transformation Branch of GMP and before that was the Divisional Commander for South Manchester Division between 2009 and 2014 following a period of time as Temporary Divisional Commander at Salford. During that time he was a member of the Manchester Community Safety Partnership Board as well as chairing the Manchester Violent Gangs Board alongside other strategic responsibilities. His time at South Manchester involved significant change including the merger of the South Manchester and Metropolitan Divisions and the piloting of a new policing model.

Rob grew up in Greater Manchester and attended school in Bury before studying for an Economics Degree at University. He subsequently obtained a Masters Degree in Police Management and Leadership from the University of Manchester. He joined Greater Manchester Police in December 1992 and, in addition to South Manchester, has carried out a range of postings over the last 20 years across Greater Manchester at Salford, Stockport, Oldham, Tameside and Rochdale as well as within Crime Operations and Specialist Operations. 

Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe

Rebekah is the GMP lead for Public Service Reform and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) lead for complex dependency and integrated neighbourhood management. Against the backdrop of devolution, the work Rebekah has led has helped reshape public service delivery at a time of rapid change. This portfolio includes implementation of the Troubled Families Programme across GM and Programme Challenger, Greater Manchester's innovative and collaborative response to tackling serious and organised crime.

Rebekah joined Greater Manchester Police in 1993 and spent much of the first part of her career as a detective. She was a Detective Chief Inspector on the Salford division, has conducted several reviews of major crime within the Force Major Crime Review Unit and as a Detective Superintendent she led the  Force Major Incident Team. She went on  in 2010  to become Divisional Commander at Stockport Division, where she established effective multi-agency working locally to address the needs of high risk families, tackle Child Sexual Exploitation and Organised Crime. She began her current role in 2013.


Assistant Chief Officer Lynne Potts 

Lynne joined GMP in January 2003 as Force Finance Director and was promoted to Assistant Chief Officer in September that year.

Lynne was a graduate and qualified teacher before qualifying as a chartered accountant in London.  After working in London, she moved to posts in the NHS in the North West and in 1995 became Deputy Director of Finance at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. In 1998, she was appointed Director of Finance at South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust where she also took responsibility for Human Resources. As ACO Resources she has responsibility for Finance, IT, Facilities and Estates, Business Services, Resourcing and Information Management.  She is a member of the ACPO Finance and Business Resources and Information Management business areas and takes a national lead on fleet management.  She chairs the Police National Network 3 User Committee and is a member of the Business Design Authority for PND and leads on IMPACT.

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