Find out about our chief officers.


Ian joined Greater Manchester Police (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.  

In 2011 he undertook a three-month secondment as syndicate director for the Strategic Command Course.  

He was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of GMP in December 2011 with responsibility for Force performance, the Force Change Programme and Corporate Communications.  He was appointed as Chief Constable of GMP in October 2015.

Ian has experience of leading major change in a large complex organisation, managing large scale events such as Party Political Conferences, high profile football matches, significant protests, firearms and critical incidents, including the largest terror attack seen in the UK since the 2005 London bombings.

Ian has an MBA (distinction), Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. 

He is the NPCC lead for Workforce Representation and Diversity. He is a non-executive Director of the College of Policing, a Trustee of the Police Treatment Centres, Cash for Kids and the Michael Carrick Foundation. 

Ian has also led six volunteer programmes to Ethiopia working with street children and the Ethiopian Police.

Ian was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Birthday Honours 2016.

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Ian began his policing career at Lancashire Police in 1990. He has worked in three different forces in a variety of uniformed roles.

He was promoted to Superintendent in 2006 and performed several senior command roles in Merseyside, including BCU Commander at Sefton, before promotion to ACC in 2012. During this time he has commanded several high profile events including the Grand National in 2014 and 2015.

In January 2016, Ian became Deputy Chief Constable for GMP where his current portfolio includes Professional Standards and External Relations and Performance.

Ian has a Masters degree in Police Leadership and is the National Policing Lead for Vulnerable Adults.


Mabs joined Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in October 2018 on promotion to Assistant Chief Constable. He started his policing career in West Yorkshire Police in 1996.

Whilst working for West Yorkshire Police Mabs served at every rank as a detective including Detective Chief Inspector, investigating complex and serious crime. He was promoted to Superintendent in 2012 and has worked in a variety of uniformed operational and strategic roles.

Prior to joining GMP, as a Chief Superintendent Mabs was the Commander for Wakefield and also spent time as the Commander for Leeds District which is considered to be the largest police command unit outside of London.

During this time he has managed a number of high profile events including the Chapeltown Carnival in Leeds, high risk football matches and right wing protests across West Yorkshire.

Mabs is a Strategic Firearms Commander and a Gold Public Order Commander.

Mabs was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018 for his services to charity and policing.

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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.

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Chris Sykes is a Assistant Chief Constable in Greater Manchester police where he has worked for the last 23 years.

His current responsibilities are 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.

Chris 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 is a strategic firearms commander and gold and silver, public order commander.

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Nick has served 30 years in Cheshire Constabulary, with the last two years as Temporary Assistant Chief Constable.

He was responsible for Local Policing, Specialist Operations, Force Control Centre and partnerships. This included the North West Regional Lead for Public Order and Public Safety, Chair of the Local Resilience Forum and the National Policing lead for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

He is a Strategic Firearms Commander, Gold Public Order Commander and Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command (MAGIC) trained.

Nick has worked as a detective and uniform officer across all ranks and has led a number of force change programmes, including the introduction of the new force Command and Control system.

As the Head of People he was the Head of Professional Standards, as well as Human Resources, achieving an Investors in People Silver Award for well-being . In this role he established the Positive Action Team, overseeing significant changes to the diversity of the organisation, with the force now ranked the 5th nationally and the top police force in the Stonewall rankings, increased representation of female officers in specialist and senior positions and increasing the proportion of BAME officers.

Nick went to school in Stretford and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).

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Russ is currently the Chief Officer responsible for Counter Terrorism Policing in the North West (CTPNW). Counter Terrorism Policing is an alliance of forces across the country and the North West forces of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire form the North West (NW) region.  

CTPNW comprises around 1,000 staff from across the NW forces who work with the Security Service (MI5) to keep the country safe from terrorism.

Russ has worked in Counter Terrorism for two years with previous roles of Head of Crime for GMP and Borough Commander in several of GMP’s districts. Largely a detective throughout his career, Russ has worked in a variety of specialist roles including homicide investigation.

Russ was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2018.


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

Lynne was a qualified teacher before becoming a chartered accountant. 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 where she was also responsible for HR.

She is a member of the ACPO Finance, Business resources and Information management areas and takes the 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.