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Senior Leaders

Sussex Police have a command team of both police officers and police staff who work together to ensure the effective and efficient running of the force.

Chief Constable Giles York QPMAs Chief Constable (CC), Giles York engages closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner and leads the Chief Officer team.

Giles is the force lead for Diversity. He is the national police lead for the Workforce Development, Intellectual Property Crime and Digital First.

CC York started his service with Kent Police before being appointed as Assistant Chief Constable with South Wales Police; he was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in Sussex Police in 2008.

Bernie joined Staffordshire Police in 1989 and worked in both the CID and uniform at every rank up to Chief Inspector. He was a member of the High Potential Development Scheme and as part of that he completed a masters at Leicester University in Leadership and Management.

He was the Head of Diversity before taking on the role of Supt Operations for Stoke on Trent, eventually becoming the Divisional Commander there in 2008.

As a public order commander he has commanded numerous and varied demonstrations, football matches and protests. In 2011 he was the European match Commander for Stoke City and worked with Police colleagues in six different countries.

He attended the Strategic Command Course in 2014 and became the Assistant Chief Constable in Staffordshire with responsibility for Local Policing and Operations, before taking over Crime and Criminal Justice.

In June 2016 Bernie was successful in his application for the role of Deputy Chief Constable with Sussex Police.

He is an accredited Specialist Strategic Firearms Commander and Gold Public Order Commander and is also the NPCC lead for onshore Oil and Gas Exploration.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve BarrySteve has been with Sussex Police since the start of his career in 1993. He has predominantly worked in uniform policing across all parts of Sussex and more recently has focused on specialist operational policing such as roads, firearms and public order. Steve is the national lead for drones, collision investigation and road safety enforcement technology.

Steve obtained a post-graduate Master's degree in International Criminal Law from Sussex University in 2004. In his Chief Officer role he is responsible for specialist operations and contact management across Sussex and Surrey as well criminal justice in Sussex. Steve enjoys cycling, cinema and country walks. He also enjoys visiting his family who live in France where he speaks French fluently. He has twin daughters in their teens and lives with his partner and younger daughter in East Sussex.

Laurence commenced his role as Assistant Chief Constable responsible for Local Policing and Public Protection for Sussex Police on the 18th April 2016, having successfully passed the Strategic Command Course at the College of Policing.  Prior to this appointment, Laurence was the Implementation Director for the Local Policing Programme which is transforming the way local policing is delivered across Sussex Police and is the largest change programme that they have had to date. 

Laurence has previously worked in roles as the Deputy Head of Corporate Development Department overseeing force performance and the transition from the Sussex Police Authority to the Police and Crime Commissioner and Divisional Crime and Operations lead for the East Sussex Division in which he was responsible for response policing, investigations and the management of operational delivery across the division.

Laurence is an accredited and experienced Strategic Firearms and Gold Public Order Commander.  He has taken the lead and commanded a number of significant force operations including the annual Lewes bonfire and the March for England in Brighton.  He is also one of two officers in Sussex Police that are accredited at Silver Command for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents.

Working very closely with the NPCC lead for Children and Young People, Laurence is the Regional lead for forces in the South East of England.  Laurence is also a Trustee for the Gurney Fund for Police Orphans.

Outside of work, Laurence is an avid rugby fan; supporter, player, youth coach and chairman of the youth section of his local club.  Laurence also volunteers his time at a local primary school and is part of their Governing body.  Laurence is married and has two sons and enjoys spending time with his family. 

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in local government finance and senior management, having held Chief Finance Officer, Resources Director and Head of Paid Service roles.

His portfolio includes Finance, Procurement, and Facilities (property, vehicle fleet management and firearms licensing).

A CIPFA qualified Accountant, he has been s151 Officer at three local authorities - Malvern Hills, Gloucester City and Bristol City Councils. During this time he has become renowned for both service transformation and for implementing alternative service delivery models, including innovative partnerships with the private sector - most recently playing a key role in the set-up of Bristol Energy Ltd, a unique, local authority wholly-owned trading company supplying energy to households and businesses nationwide.

Outside of work, Peter is married with three children, all of whom play in bands. With his eldest son based in Leeds, his daughter in Bristol and his youngest son at home in Worcestershire, he spends much of his spare time at weekends as an unpaid roadie! He is also a member of his local parish council and a qualified motorcycle instructor, teaching learners on a voluntary basis at a local scheme.

Assistant Chief Officer - Jane HarwoodJane is responsible for all People Services across Surrey and Sussex Police – this includes HR, Shared Business Services, Learning & Development and Occupational Health. Jane is also the lead for the Surrey and Sussex Corporate Services programme.
Jane started her career as an internal consultant at the Metropolitan Police before transferring to Surrey Police as Director of Corporate Development. In addition to her portfolio responsibilities she helped plan the boundary change between the Met and Surrey Police and led the reassurance policing programme.

Following completion of the Strategic Command Course she became Director of Corporate Development at Centrex before moving to the Museums, Archives and Libraries. Two years later she became the Deputy Chief Executive for the Metropolitan Police Authority and led the change programme to establish 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 Police & Crime Commissioners, and consultancy on support service management.

Jane is a trustee for Missing People charity and a fundraiser for COSMIC.

Chief Information Officer - Neil RobertsNeil’s role means that he is accountable for all the infrastructure, systems, people and policies for the effective, efficient and secure management of data, information and knowledge for policing in Sussex. He also looks after Surrey too, as IT is a shared service between the forces. He joined the forces in November 2014.

His career spans over 20 years across a broad mix of Public and Private sector organisations, from leading IT for multi-national financial services companies to shaping the delivery of services within the Houses of Parliament.

Neil’s particular expertise in integrating technology solutions and driving efficiencies through in times of great change is called upon heavily as policing becomes more and more dependent upon IT to meet ever-changing strategic, tactical and financial demands.

Outside of work, Neil prides himself on the bringing-up of his five children, and relaxes with long walks with his wife, Melissa.