Stephen Watson is amongst the most experienced senior officers in the country having joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1988. He was appointed to Merseyside Police in 2006 on promotion to Chief Superintendent, where he initially headed up the force's Strategic Development Department. He subsequently served for 3 years as Area Commander for Liverpool North, one of the largest and most challenging Basic Command Units in the country.
In 2011, he was appointed to the Metropolitan Police as Commander for the East Area, with responsibility for all aspects of operational policing across nine London boroughs. This dynamic and diverse area is home to over 2.3 million Londoners and he held command of 6,250 police officers and staff with a total operating budget of £325 million.
As a qualified firearms and public order commander, he regularly performed Gold Command roles in a number of high-profile policing operations and critical incidents, including a fatal helicopter crash in central London and in working with partner agencies across East London so as to restore public confidence in the aftermath of the 2011 riots. As a senior member of the 2012 Olympic Command Team, he was awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation in recognition of his role, which involved the planning and delivery of all territorial policing across London throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In June 2015 Stephen returned to the north of England, having been appointed Deputy Chief Constable for Durham Constabulary, and in July 2016 Stephen took up his appointment as Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police (SYP). During his tenure, SYP became one of the most improved force in the country for 3 consecutive years and is today amongst the very top tier of high performing forces.
Stephen became Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police in May 2021.
On behalf of the NPCC (National Police Chiefs’ Council) he holds the national lead for Crime Prevention and is the chair of the National Counter Corruption Advisory Group. He is the Chairman of the England Police Rugby Union Football Club. His formal management qualifications include a Master's Degree in Business Administration. In 2019, Stephen was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) for distinguished service.
Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods began his policing career in July 1996 when he joined Lancashire Constabulary as a Police Constable having previously been a Special Constable in Greater Manchester.
He enjoyed a wide and varied career within Lancashire serving the public across many areas in including Burnley, Blackburn, Preston and Blackpool. He has served in several departments including Response, Road Policing & Motorway, Operational Support Unit, Child Sexual Exploitation Teams, Neighbourhood and Change Management.
He is an accredited Specialist Strategic Firearms, CBRN, Public Order and Multi Agency Commander and has commanded many large-scale operations over a number of years including firearms and counter terrorism operations, civil emergencies, demonstrations, football matches and security operations. He was also led the initial multi agency response in the early stages of COVID pandemic within Lancashire as chair of the Lancashire Resilience Forum.
He was promoted to ACC in 2017 before being appointed as the Deputy Chief Constable in 2019. In 2021 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for his services to policing being described as an ‘exemplary operational leader’.
He is also the NPCC lead for Police Driving
On 1st September 2021 he was appointed as the Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.
Rob was appointed ACC in April 2016. Since joining GMP in 1992 he has worked on a number of division/branches including being the Divisional Commander for South Manchester 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. 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. He subsequently obtained a Masters Degree in Police Management and Leadership from the University of Manchester.
Rob is currently the Chief Officer responsible for Counter Terrorism Policing in the North West (CTPNW). CTPNW is an alliance of forces across the country and the North West forces of Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire form the NW region.
CTPNW comprises around 1,000 staff from across the NW forces who work with the Security Service to protect our communities from terrorism. Dominic is responsible for:
Counter Terrorism - CTPNW and chair of the regional CT Management Board
National CT - Dominic is the national lead for CT Policing Intelligence
Chris Sykes is an Assistant Chief Constable in Greater Manchester police where he has worked since 1994.
He is currently responsible for Local Policing and the Force Contact Centre (FCC) in Greater Manchester, having previously led as the Senior Responsible Officer for the Information Services Transformation Programme – a huge programme transforming the way that Greater Manchester Police uses information services to protect its communities. He has a passion for leading change particularly through the use of new technologies.
Previously, Chris was the Head of Local Policing and Criminal Justice based at Greater Manchester Police's headquarters. He was responsible for Public Service Reform, Neighbourhoods, Confidence and Equality, and Criminal Justice and Custody. He is an experienced operational commander. Over the years he has led policing in Bury, Rochdale and Stockport, and previously held senior roles in Manchester and Oldham.
Chris leads the work in GMP to ensure we are the most armed forces friendly police force in the country, recognisng the skills our Armed Forces Community bring into the organisation, as well as the debt we all owe to those who have served, keeping the UK and many other countries safe.
Chris is a Strategic Firearms Commander and Gold Public Order commander.
Scott Green was born and brought up in South Manchester.
He started his police career in South Yorkshire Police, initially serving in Sheffield. He then served in uniform and CID at a number of ranks, including working for the forerunner of the National Counter Terrorism Policing network. His last post in South Yorkshire was as a Chief Superintendent, District Commander for Barnsley.
He was successful at the Senior Police National Assessment Centre in 2019, graduated from the Strategic Command Course in March 2020 and was appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable in Staffordshire Police in summer 2020 with responsibility for contact, response, partnerships and neighbourhoods. He then joined GMP in autumn 2021 where he has responsibility for all 10 policing districts across Greater Manchester.
Scott is an experienced Public Order Gold Commander, Multi-Agency Gold Incident Commander (MAGIC) and Specialist Strategic Firearms Commander. He is the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for Alcohol Harm and Vulnerability.
Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Process Engineering and Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Leicester – his Master’s dissertation studied the impact on police training of the Sir William Macpherson Report into the death of Stephen Lawrence.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institution (FCMI) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He has previously been a Non-Executive Director of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, a school governor, a Trustee of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and a Trustee of Sheffield Futures – a charity which supports young people and adults to achieve their full potential in learning, employment and life to achieve a better future.
Sarah Jackson started her career in policing with GMP in 1994 as a member of staff before she became a police officer a year later.
A career detective, she headed up countless complex investigations whilst working in Bolton, Salford, Bury and the City of Manchester - delivering justice for victims in their time of need.
Sarah also worked in GMP's Force Intelligence Branch before being seconded to Manchester City Council Children's Services where she played a key role in making improvements to the early intervention service and how the Directorate supports vulnerable people.
She moved to Cumbria Constabulary in 2017 and during her time with them she worked as the Head of People, Head of Professional Standards, and the Commander of Operations & Neighbourhood Policing.
Sarah returned to GMP in February 2022 and holds responsibility for the Crime portfolio, which includes Serious and Organised Crime, Public Protection, Forensic Services, Intelligence and Crime Investigation.
Ian Cosh joined GMP in March 2022 in the newly created Assistant Chief Officer (ACO) role of Finance Director.
Ian joined us from Lancashire Police where he was Director of Resources. In this role he was the Constabulary’s Chief Finance Officer and had responsibility for a wide range of services including, Procurement, Legal Services, Information Technology, Estates, Fleet and Facilities and was the Force Senior Information Risk Owner.
Ian has over 36 years’ experience in public finance including a significant period of that time dealing with policing. He brings experience of working nationally on police financial matters and his influence and experience in policing is highly regarded.
As the Assistant Chief Officer for Finance, Ian has overall responsibility for GMP’s financial position. In addition, he has overall responsibility for Legal Services and is the Senior Information Risk Owner for the force.
Wasim is the Chief Officer with responsibility for Specialist Operations portfolio. Before his promotion, he was previously Head of the Specialist Operation Branch, and was the acting Gold Commander for Operation Protector, which was the policing operation for the 2021 Conservative Party Conference that was hosted in Manchester.
Wasim started his career 26 years ago as a police constable in Moss Side and has since held a range of posts across the City of Manchester and Tameside. He became a member of the Force Leadership Team back in 2003 and has held responsibility for various portfolios, including neighbourhood policing, operations and volume crime as well as strategic partnership roles working alongside local authorities.
This is not the first time that Wasim has supported the force by acting as a temporary member of the command team as he spent three months in the same role back in 2019.
In addition to his core roles, Wasim serves as a Strategic Public Order Commander and a Firearms Commander. He has a particular interest in working closely with communities and was awarded a QPM in the Queen's Birthday Honours earlier this year.