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 QPM

As 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.

Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner

Previously Jo was Assistant Chief Constable for Kent, most recently heading up the local policing command. 

Her career in the police spans almost 26 years, during which time she has undertaken a wide variety of roles.  These have mainly been operational, in uniform and as a detective within the Child and Adult Protection arena, in CID and as a firearms and critical incident commander for over 15 years. 

Most of her time has been served in Norfolk, with the last four years in Kent.

Outside of work, Jo sits as a Trustee for the charity Embrace (Child Victims of Crime) and is a keen sportswoman, raising money for various charities through her participation in sporting events; she is also the proud owner of a very exuberant rescued Mountain dog, Rocky.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry

Steve 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 was the national lead for collision investigation and road safety enforcement technology but has now taken on police pursuits. He is also national lead for police use of drones.

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 across Surrey and Sussex as well as contact management across Sussex. Steve enjoys cycling and country walks. He also enjoys visiting his family who live in France where he speaks French fluently. Steve is married, has three daughters and lives in East Sussex.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Nick May

Nick gave up a career as an English and History teacher to join Sussex Police in 1993.

His 25 years’ experience includes working on East Sussex and West Sussex Divisions in a variety of roles, mainly detective. He reports that his most challenging, but also most satisfying role was as a Detective Sergeant in the Child Protection Team at Crawley between 2000 and 2003.

After working as a DI and DCI in Crawley, Nick spent almost five years in the collaborated Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team as DCI and then as Head of Major Crime (Detective Superintendent). He has led over 20 homicide investigations in Sussex and Surrey and is a trained kidnap Senior Investigating Officer.

In 2017, Nick was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent and was Head of Crime and Public Protection for a year before taking on the role of Temporary Assistant Chief Constable.

His portfolio includes the three geographical divisions of Sussex Police as well as Public Protection and Criminal Justice, which happily coincides with his interest in local policing and public protection.

Director of Finance - Peter Gillett

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.