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The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) supports the PCC in his role.

The OPCC staff provides support in a number of areas including strategic financial policy and planning, audit, performance monitoring and scrutiny, governance and compliance, service commissioning, grant funding and partnerships, communications and engagement, press and media, the delivery of the Victims First Service and general administrative duties.

The two statutory roles that every Police and Crime Commissioner must have are Chief Executive,  and Chief Finance Officer, (Treasurer).

OPCC Staff MemberPosition
Gillian OrmstonChief of Staff (Head of Paid Service & Monitoring Officer)
Martin ThornleyChief Finance Officer (Deputy Chief of Staff)
Vicki WaskettHead of Governance & Compliance (Deputy Monitoring Officer)
Cath MarriottHead of Partnerships & Community Safety
Helen WakeHead of Victims Services
Charlotte RobertsExecutive Assistant to the PCC and Chief of Staff
Rachael MartinigCorporate Accountant (Deputy Chief Finance Officer)
Becky CollinsSenior Assistant Accountant
Isobel PowleyFinance Assistant
Neil ShovellChief Internal Auditor
Amy ShearnPrincipal Auditor
Sierra ReidComplaints Review Manager
Jim Katouzian Governance Manager
Gary EvansPolicy Development Manager (Policing & Performance)
Lisa HonessGovernance Officer & ICVS Manager
Lalitha GeddadaAdmin Support Officer
Sarah StokesCommunications & Engagement Manager
Ashley SellwoodCommunications & Engagement Officer
Alana StockdaleCommunications & Engagement Officer
Wendy WalkerVictim Services Manager
Candy HeinrichVictim Services Manager
Anna KenningtonVictim Delivery Officer
April SmithPartnerships Delivery Manager
Jacob NurdanPartnerships Delivery Officer
Rachel BattsPartnerships Project Manager
Jessica NgeneProject Support Officer
Aaron CheungStrategic Analyst
Elizabeth BrownPartnership Analyst
Justin ThomasPartnership Analyst
Nazia AhmedVictims First Team Leader
Eddie HammettData Quality Officer
Janet JonesVictims First Officer
Sarah SwellVictims First Officer
Michelle Richards Victims First Officer
Lydia BarmpaVictims First Officer
Natalie WongVictims First Officer
Jay EllamsVictims First Officer
Daniel SpencerVictims First Officer
Lesley GormanVictims First Officer
Sandra HarrisVictims First Officer
Reshma SharmaVictims First Officer

View the staff structure of the OPCC.

Please see below details (as of 31 March 2023) on the proportion of OPCC staff who:

  • Are women – 67.5% (27/40)
  • Are, to the knowledge of the elected local policing body, members of an ethnic minority – 17.5% (7/40)
  • Have, to the knowledge of the elected local policing body, a disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010) – 12.5% (5/40)

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley is based on the first floor of The Farmhouse, Thames Valley Police HQ, Oxford Road, Kidlington OX5 2NX. Victims First is located on the ground floor of the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Pincents Kiln Industrial Park, Newsham Court, Calcot, Reading RG31 7SD.

Please Note:  In addition, the Office of the PCC will continue to receive general business support services and specialist professional advice and support provided by staff located within Thames Valley Police and employed by the Chief Constable.  These services are being provided under section 2(5) and paragraph 7(1) of Schedule 2 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

Chief of Staff – Gillian Ormston

Gillian became Chief of Staff on 5th September 2022.

Prior to that Gillian was Talent Manager for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police.  During 2011 – 2017 she set up and ran her own Learning and Development consultancy business, and previously spent 23 years at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), working with senior government ministers to deliver ministerial agendas, such as Liaison and Diversion Services.

Gillian has recently been working in partnership with Women of Colour in Policing (WoCiP) to implement talent management solutions aimed to retain and support Women of Colour in developing their policing career. She is also the Vice-Chair of the board of Trustees of the Disability Resource Centre, based in Flitwick (Bedfordshire).

Gillian’s role is to support and advise the PCC in developing and delivering his strategic objectives, as expressed through the Police and Crime Plan, and his statutory duties and responsibilities.

She also has the role of Monitoring Officer and responsibility for the direct overall management of OPCC staff.

Salary: £103,683 p.a. (Sept 2023)

Chief Finance Officer – Martin Thornley

Martin took up post as Chief Finance Officer on 8th August 2022. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has previously worked at the University of Oxford and Great Western Railway.

As Chief Finance Officer for the PCC the main priorities of his role are: value for money for taxpayers; financial strategy and budgeting; risk management; audit and governance; treasury management; financial reporting and the annual statement of accounts.

Salary: £93,837.48 p.a. (Aug 2023)