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Leadership Team

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Dr Steven Chase, Chair

Director of People at Thames Valley Police.  Chairs the Centre partnership, including the Steering Group and the Membership Group of the 22 police agency partners.

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Prof Jean Hartley, Academic Director

Professor of Public Leadership. Works closely with the Chair and leadership team to lead the Centre. Research interests in leadership, organizational learning and innovation.

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Dr Matt Jones, Director of Policing Organisation and Practice

Senior Lecturer in Policing. Leads all the policing degrees work, including Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships and Degree Holder Entry Programme. Research interests in criminology including visual aspects of policing.

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Dr Nicky Miller, Director of Knowledge into Practice 

Works closely with the Chair and as part of the Leadership team to lead the Centre. Nicky’s research interests are around evidence-based policing with a particular focus on police-academic collaborations, the translation and mobilisation of policing-relevant research into practice, as well as building the ‘what works’ evidence base in policing.

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Dr Paul Walley, Director of Learning

Senior Lecturer in Operations Management. Responsible for all non-accredited learning, and also the Postgraduate Certificate and PhDs. Research on demand management in policing and in health services.

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Dr Emma Williams, Senior Lecturer and Director of Research and Police Partnerships

Works closely with the Chair and as part of the Leadership team to lead the Centre. Emma's research interests are around police professionalisation, police education, sexual violence and access to justice.

Centre Support Team

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Anita Aldridge, Project Manager

Project Manager. Manages Centre projects and oversees the research project portfolio

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Sarah Armstrong-Hallam, Senior Manager, Partnerships and Operations

Senior Manager, Partnerships and Operations. Responsible for the operational running of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning and Policing Organisation and Practice to deliver our ground-breaking mission and for organising the portfolio of learning, research and knowledge exchange projects and activities.

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Heather Barrett, Head of Strategy, Partnerships and Operations - Policing

Head of Strategy, Partnerships and Operations - Policing. Responsible for the strategic management of the Centre and operational running of the Centre. Also undertaking a PhD in policing.

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Natalie Rankin, Centre Secretary

Centre Secretary. Involved in running the Centre office.

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Ria Parker, Centre Secretary

Centre Secretary. Involved in running the Centre office, has a particular focus on the Membership Group, the Centre’s research projects and conference activity.

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Adele Peters, Personal Assistant

PA to the Director of Policing Organisation and Practice (POP)

Academic Staff

Upcoming Events

Jun 17

Membership Group Meeting

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 10:00 to 16:00

The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

Oct 14

Membership Group Meeting

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 10:00 to 16:00

The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

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