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Panel Members

Who are the members of the Professional and Ethical Standards Panel?

John Barlow

John spent most of his working life with the BBC as a Cameraman and eventually became Head of BBC Film Unit. After early retirement he made films for various charities and became active in the local community as Chairman of the Wycombe Race Equality Council and a member of several Independent Advisory Groups within the Thames Valley Police area. He currently serves as a lay member of the Thames Valley Crown Prosecution Review Panel.

He is a Founder member of the Institute for Training in Television Production, a Fellow of the Guild of Television Cameramen and Treasurer of the Oxford Unitarian Chapel Society based at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

Living in Marlow Bottom, with his wife Laura of thirty years, his two children have followed employment to London and Lincoln. He is a long standing Governor at the John Hampden Grammar School and enjoys Films (of course!) and art exhibitions.

Hazel Dawe

Hazel lectures in law at both Oxford Brookes University and the University of London.

She has previous experience as a secretary of a Neighbourhood Watch group for six years and has been involved in running a Law Clinic giving free legal advice to the public. Hazel also teaches legal ethics.

Hazel is a member of several local community and amenity groups in Oxford and a keen cyclist. She lives in Headington with her husband and has three grown up children.

Hazel is delighted to have been invited to join the Committee and believes she can bring a unique legal and ethical perspective to its work.

Mark Harris

Mark is an entrepreneurial business manager with experience of setting up, running and selling his own business. He is a successful manager in the public sector building on private sector experience.  He has a proven track record of business turnaround and growth in both public and private sector. He has excellent sales, management, organisational, communication and presentation skills.  He has an ability to plan and implement strategic and operational change and consistently exceeds key performance indicators.

He has considerable voluntary experience with Thames Valley Police, including Chair of the Strategic Independent Advisory Group (IAG), was Chairman of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead IAG and was a member of the Stop & Search IAG.

Olga Senior

Olga has lived in Abingdon for the last 25 years with her husband.  Her career has been in the NHS in both clinical and managerial roles, locally, regionally and nationally until the end of 2013.  Olga is a Governor at Abingdon School and chair of the Oxfordshire County Council Independent Remuneration Panel.

Verity Murricane

Verity has a keen interest in mental health matters, and is currently a governor for the West Berkshire constituency for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and a trustee of Eight bells for Mental Health. She is also a member of the SSE Power Networks Plc stakeholder advisory panel, and runs a small food business.


Michael O'Connell

Michael served thirty years as a police officer with various UK Police Agencies, with wide international expertise, diplomacy and cultural awareness including as a former Director of the international law enforcement agency INTERPOL based in Lyon, France. He is the recipient of many international awards for his service to policing.

Now as the founder of Critical Insights Consultancy, he is working across the globe with clients delivering insight, guidance and leadership for their business transformation in the digital age. Having also recently worked in a senior position in industry with NEC Corporation, he developed enhanced technology led innovation using AI, data analytics and biometrics to help fusion public / private sectors to address government and public safety concerns. He is a specialist in ethics, threat / risk mitigation, big data, business intelligence and analysis, threat identification, crisis response and disaster recovery, with wide ranging experience in tackling global / national security, organised crime and terror threats.

Michael holds advisory and board positions with the Biometrics Institute (UK), Crime Stoppers International (Australia), UNICRI / INTERPOL (Italy) and the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience (IIFX) (USA). He is married with children and resides within the Thames Valley area. 

Umar Butt

Umar is a Senior Executive within Vodafone, over the past 15 years he has worked across many disciplines including Property Strategy, Sales, Marketing, R&D and more recently Technology with extensive experience delivering large scale Business & IT global transformational programmes. He holds a Bachelor Honours degree in Industrial Management and a Master’s in Business & IT from Aston Business School.

He is an active member of the local community and has over 10 years of organising fund raising community events for charitable causes locally and globally. His volunteering experience expands to being a Governor at St Bartholomew School in Newbury, a member of the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) for West Berkshire Police, Trustee and Executive member of West Berkshire Muslim Centre, Co-founder of ‘Raise for Life’ a community based fundraising group, Founder and Chair of the Vodafone Muslim Society.

Umar is married with children and resides in the West Berkshire area. 

Steve Buckeridge

Steve and his wife have lived in East Berkshire for over 20 years, have 4 children and are active members of a local church. 

Steve has a degree in Economics from Cardiff Business School and the Nebosh diploma in Occupation safety & health. He spent 15 years in a variety of aviation related roles, particularly in safety management including supervising many investigations and reporting on risk management at a senior level.

He is currently Head of chaplaincy at Heathrow Airport leading a diverse team that provide pastoral support in sudden death / emergency situations, and complex day to day scenarios in a heavily regulated, operational environment. 

Joanna Patil

Following a degree in Economics at Durham University, Joanna joined Deloitte UK where she worked for 12 years in various roles including Audit, Compliance & National Risk Management. Ultimately, as a Senior Manager, she became the Team Leader of the firm’s Financial Crime function, and the Deputy Money-Laundering Reporting Officer. Joanna has experience working with various regulators and law enforcement agencies, including supporting the development of Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing guidance for the Accountancy sector. 

Joanna now works as an independent Financial Crime Consultant and also volunteers as an Advisor with Citizens Advice. She lives in East Berkshire with her family, and is an active member of the local school community. 

Greg Elphick

Greg graduated in aeronautical engineering from Salford University in 1984, but after a graduate familiarisation course with the Met Police, later joined Thames Valley Police. He served for 30 years, with a career split between uniform and various CID specialisms, also working in the Professional Standards Department before several years as a Neighbourhood Inspector in Berkshire and a Police Federation representative, working closely with the IOPC. After retirement he briefly worked as a teaching assistant at a local secondary school and is also a Mental Health First Aider.  Greg has served as a parish councillor in the Reading area and now works part-time as a civil servant. 

Greg feels that he knows the Force well, from multiple angles due to working in many different roles and hopes this experience will bring valued insight to the deliberations of the Panel.