The Office

The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OSPCC) is a small dedicated team of experienced officers whose role it is to support the Police & Crime Commissioner in delivering their policy priorities. The OSPCC structure can be viewed here.

The Commissioner and the OSPCC will work with partners and Sussex Police to address the policy priorities and local objectives set out in the Police & Crime Plan.

To find out more about your Police & Crime Commissioner please visit this page.

You can view a breakdown of staff here.

The OSPCC has access to support from the Legal & Democratic Services team within East Sussex County Council but does not have any local authority employees. Any other support that the PCC may require from the Chief Constable is covered by the Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011: “a chief constable must exercise the power of direction and control conferred by subsection (3) in such a way as is reasonable to assist the relevant police and crime commissioner to exercise the commissioner’s functions”.

Mark Streater - Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer

Tel: 01273 481561
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Responsibilities

  • Head of Paid Service
  • Strategic Planning and Leadership
  • Monitoring Officer
  • Consultation and Engagement
  • Partnerships
  • Delivery of the Commissioner’s Police & Crime Plan

You can view a record of the Chief Executive's expenses here.

Born and educated in Sussex, Mark went on to graduate from Portsmouth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Public Sector Studies and Policing. 

He began his career in Sussex Police in 1982, undertaking a broad range of roles; including Divisional Commander, Head of Special Branch and Head of Specialist Operations. As Divisional Commander in West Sussex he implemented successful local policing models and initiatives to drive down crime and tackle anti social behaviour.

In 2008, Mark led the first regional collaboration for police forces in the south east, overseeing the creation of the Region’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit and Air Support Unit. Prior to leaving Sussex, Mark led on the merger of the Surrey & Sussex Major Crime Branch, Forensic Services and Firearms units.

In 2011, Mark joined the Metropolitan Police Service, on promotion to the role of Commander within Specialist Crime and Operations and took charge of ‘Intelligence and Covert Policing’ which included the deployment of surveillance and undercover techniques. In 2012 he became the Commander for Specialist Armed Policing and oversaw the firearms support to the London Olympic Games. Mark led the Mets use of Automatic Number Plate Vehicle Recognition system to target criminals use of the roads and became the national lead for the use of Digital Forensics in investigating crime.

Mark was appointed as Chief Executive for the Office of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2013. He lives with his family in Sussex. 

Iain McCulloch - Chief Finance Officer

Tel: 01273 481582
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Responsibilities

  • Proper administration of the Commissioner’s financial affairs
  • Value for Money
  • Best Use of Resources
  • Contractual management
  • Internal audit
  • Budget management

You can view a record of the Chief Finance Officer's expenses here.

 

Mervin Dadd - Head of Communications & Public Engagement

Tel: 01273 481560
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Mervin joins the OSPCC with 25 years’ experience of public affairs, communications and marketing in industry, the Civil Service and local and national policing.

Starting with the Government Information Service at the Ministry of Agriculture, and then moving to the Employment and Education departments, he worked in publicity and marketing and national advertising campaigns before a spell as a press officer in the Welsh Office.

He led Public Affairs and Internal Communications for the Ministry of Defence Police in 1997 before moving to head up the Corporate Communications team at Norfolk Constabulary.

In 2004 Mervin moved to the private sector as Director of External Affairs for Cogent – the newly launched Sector Skills Council for the Oil and Gas, Chemical, Polymer and Nuclear industries. Over a ten year period, his team positioned Cogent as a key player in the national science skills arena working with key employers to help deliver the UK’s industrial innovation and growth strategy.

With a particular interest in professional development and the potential of young people his teams at Cogent developed digital platforms to assist in career pathway planning, skills gap analysis and business effectiveness.
Mervin was originally a Fine Arts graduate of Wimbledon and Falmouth Schools of Art with an early career as an illustrator and muralist and retains a deep interest in the arts.

Mervin has a son and daughter at university and lives near Eastbourne with his wife.

Rosie Gooch - Strategic Communications Manager

Tel: 01273 335634
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After completing a degree in Sociology at the University of Surrey, Rosie embarked on a career specialising in PR and Marketing, which has seen her represent a number of household brands at a national level, as an Account Director.

She has also worked in-house, as PR Manager for Virgin Holidays and on the Media Relations team for Sussex Police.

Rosie joined Sussex Police Authority in April 2012 to help manage ongoing press and digital communications around the transition to Police & Crime Commissioner.

She has successfully completed a CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing and was recently elected as Vice Chair of the APComm Board, to represent the interests and ambitions of all OPCC communicators at a national level

Clarissa Hawthorne - Campaigns & Communications Manager (on secondment)

Tel: 01273 336664
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Clarissa came to the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner from Sussex Police, where she has worked as a Media Relations Officer for the last four years. 

Prior to joining Sussex Police she lived and worked in London for almost fifteen years as a freelance Assistant Producer on a wide range of network prime-time programmes and documentaries that included Watchdog, Rogue Traders, Holiday Homes from Hell and Dispatches. She has also worked on the both the newsdesk and forward planning desk in GMTV and ITV.

Before leaving London Clarissa did a spell of work for Premiere PR in Soho. This involved working on the launch of a members-only nightclub in Mayfair, the opening of the new flag-ship Aquascutum store in Regent Street and the London film premiere of the documentary film ‘Super Size Me’

Clarissa is currently on secondment for a fixed term.

Ellie Evans - Campaigns & Communications Manager (secondment cover)

Tel: 01273 337781
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An experienced NCE-qualified journalist, Ellie worked at the Battle Observer for several years after completing her NCTJ in newspaper journalism. She then worked for a busy features agency before moving to New Zealand.

After a year spent travelling and volunteering, she worked on the newsdesk at Yahoo! for two years before returning to the UK and a job on the Cornishman newspaper.

This was followed by a stint at the Chichester Observer, where she worked as deputy content editor then acting content editor, before a role as deputy editor of a leading events and business travel magazine beckoned.

After several years Ellie was inspired to make the move to communications and worked at Action Medical Research, helping to raise the profile of this Horsham-based children’s charity, before joining the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

Sammi Carwardine - Digital Content Officer

Tel: 01273 481561
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Sammi joined the OPCC in 2014 having previously worked for the East Sussex Library and Information Service. During her time with the Library Service she was involved with managing their social media and with various projects such as the Health and Wellbeing initiative and a trial giving service users best value for money with magazine access.

Her role in the office includes maintaining the website and managing after the office's various social media accounts as well as producing short video content. She is also responsible for arranging the Commissioner's Talk Sussex and Listen Live programmes. 

Sammi has a degree in History and an NCTJ qualification in journalism.

Sara Jones - Head of Commissioning

Tel: 01273 481563
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With over nine years public sector experience covering procurement, strategy, change management and business development, Sara leads on the new statutory function of victims’ services commissioning for the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

Before this, Sara worked for a not-for-profit organisation leading on numerous efficiency-driven projects with notable experience in change management, procurement, stakeholder management and communications.
In April 2014, Sara launched the first online social care cost-calculator, which brings together cost data and needs-assessment to facilitate negotiations between councils and providers on packages of social care for individuals.

In 2012, Sara was one of the lead officers in establishing a shared-services vehicle for delivering strategic procurement and commodity purchasing on behalf of local 

authorities. This is an innovative solution to procurement, which enabled councils to benefit from joint commissioning where appropriate, whilst delivering bespoke services based on local need.

Sara was also heavily involved in the Local Government Reform (LGR) programme currently being implemented in Northern Ireland. The delivery of LGR will see the 26 existing councils restructure to 11 across the whole of NI, a process that clearly holds significant political and regional challenges. Sara was involved in designing and delivering a series of projects to support and enable this transition, working both with individual councils and NI government departments.

Additionally, Sara has worked within both district and county councils managing a diverse range of projects and programmes to include, departmental wide reviews of processes and policies, large-scale change programmes with associated HR requirements and strategy development.

Elaine Smith - Regional Contract Manager (Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley Police)

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Elaine Smith is employed as Regional Contracts Manager for the Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley (SSTV) Framework Contract, awarded via competitive tender to the charity, Victim Support. Elaine is responsible for ensuring that victims of crime in these areas are supported by Victim Support in accordance with the contractual requirements specified by the 3 forces. Elaine is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). She is an experienced procurement professional with 25 years’ experience in both private industry and the public sector. For the past 11 years she has managed Forensic Contracts on behalf of the Specialist Crime Directorate of the Metropolitan Police. Prior to this Elaine was a senior member of the Kent Police Procurement Department, with responsibility for a Portfolio that included both products and services. It was during this time that Elaine completed her studies at North London University and as a result gained membership to CIPS. Elaine has worked in procurement for various elements of the manufacturing industry, initially for a small family run engineering company, in Hythe, a steel stockholder in Canterbury and a Spanish steel mill based in northern Spain.

Micha Dawes - Commissioning Officer

Tel: 01273 337036
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Micha graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2012 where she achieved a 2:1 in her degree, BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology.

After graduating she spent 3 years working in administration and property management roles in an estate and lettings agency.

Micha started with the OPCC in 2015 as Correspondence and Administration Officer (maternity cover) and is now Commissioning Officer, supporting and delivering commissioning activity, particularly in the field of victim support services.

Graham Kane - Head of Performance

Tel: 01273 482351
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Graham attended the University of Brighton, where he studied Business Studies and achieved a BA Hons degree, with a 2:1 classification. After graduating, Graham worked for Sussex Police before transferring to the Sussex Police Authority until it was replaced by the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OSPCC) in November 2012.

In his current position, Graham is the lead for performance management, ensuring detailed scrutiny and analysis of the performance of Sussex Police, and providing strategic advice and recommendations to the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) which enable her to discharge the statutory role of holding the Chief Constable to account in accordance with the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and the Police Reform Act 2002.

Graham is also responsible for leading on and managing the assurance arrangements to support the statutory oversight and scrutiny function of the PCC, ensuring that the OSPCC operates in line with all relevant legislation and corporate governance policies, at all times. Graham  manages, coordinates and monitors the release of information on behalf of the PCC to those who request it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Data Protection Act 2003.

Graham also acts as Deputy Monitoring Officer in the absence of the Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer.

Graham has successfully completed a Chartered Management Institute Level 3 qualification in First Line Management, a Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information, and an Institute of Leadership and Management Development Award.

Debbie Hill - Assurance Manager

Tel: 01273 482634
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Debbie attended the University of West of England, Bristol where she studied Social Science. She began her career at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council as a committee administrator/councillor services officer before moving to Lewes District Council as principal committee officer. Debbie joined Sussex Police Authority (which preceded the Police and Crime Commissioner role) in 2003 as a policy officer.

Samantha Bleach - Assurance Officer

Tel: 01273 482570
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Samantha joined the OSPCC as Assurance Officer in March 2017 having spent the previous 11 years working within Human Resources (HR). During her HR career, Samantha progressed from Administrator to HR Coordinator working within the NHS, Education, Health & Social Care and Insurance.

Samantha began her career in retail and administration whilst she studied her A-Levels and later worked in the Health & Social Care sector as a Support Worker and Project Coordinator where by she supported young adults working to improve accessibility in their town centre.

Samantha has always worked in roles and/or organisations where by supporting people is the main focus

Catherine Fletcher - Performance Analyst

Tel: 01273 337160
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Catherine joined the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OSPCC) in 2017 after 10 years experience working in the public sector (including HM Prison Service, Probation and the NHS).

Her interest in research and analysis began whilst studying Psychology at the University of Sussex, which included three years of statistical training. She worked in the Adult Social Care Performance team at East Sussex County Council before joining the OSPCC as a Performance Analyst.

Catherine’s role in the team is to analyse and interpret a wide range of data in order to evaluate the performance of Sussex Police and the services commissioned by the OSPCC. This analysis supports decision making and enables the Police & Crime Commissioner to hold the Chief Constable to account.

Kirsty Blight - Video-Enabled Justice Programme Project Officer

Tel: 01273 337137
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Kirsty joined the team in 2015 after working at the University of Brighton and subsequently for Sussex Police as a contact handler.

In her current role Kirsty provides support for the Sussex PCC led Video Enabled Justice Programme as well as providing project management support for other initiatives within the OPCC.

Kirsty is a qualified PRINCE 2 practitioner and has successfully completed a Chartered Management Institute Level 3 qualification in first line management.

Gina Wheatley - Executive Support Manager

Tel: 01273 481561
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Gina previously worked for the Police Authority as an Administrative Assistant, where she completed a Level 3 NVQ in Business and Administration.

Gina’s responsibilities have grown since she started with the Authority in 2010 and she is now the Executive Support Manager for the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OSPCC).

Her responsibilities include; diary management for the Police & Crime Commissioner, Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer and lead for general management and maintenance of the OSPCC office

Sarah Tibbott - Correspondence & Administration Officer (part time, on maternity leave)

Tel: 01273 337170
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Sarah has joined the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner from the East Sussex Music Service (part of East Sussex County Council) where she administered the Primary and Secondary School Forums, Junior School Enrichment days and the Lewes and Eastbourne Area Music Centres.
Previously Sarah worked at the Lewes Combined Court in East Sussex, on various sections, progressing from switchboard operator to part of the management team. During her time at the Courts Sarah volunteered to take on extra responsibility as Deputy Customer Service Officer, Training Co-ordinator and Fire and Incident Control Officer. She also gained an NVQ level 2 in Customer Service and hopes to continue her professional development whilst working for the OSPCC.

Louise Gilbert - Correspondence & Administration Officer (part time)

Tel: 01273 337170
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Priya Basith - Correspondence & Administration Officer (part time maternity cover)

Priya joined Sussex Police as Special Constable in 2014 after completing a diploma in Public Service. After 10 months as a Special, she started in Police Custody as a Custody Assistant where her responsibilities were the processing of people arrested and the welfare of the detainees who were brought into police custody.

Priya later joined Surrey Police as an Internal Police Enquiry Officer, working on the front counter of police stations and being the first point of contact for members of the public and taking initial reports of crime and other incidents.

John Willett - Head of Partnerships

Tel: 01273 481562
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John leaves the Criminal Justice Branch, within the Specialist Crime Command Department for Sussex Police and first joined the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OSPCC) as the Strategic Restorative Justice Manager to specifically focus on Restorative Justice (RJ).

John has over 36 years’ experience in policing, criminal justice, education and change management programmes which have involved deployments to America, Qatar, Bahrain, Africa, Turkey, Egypt and more recently the Channel Islands. Some of the most significant achievements include the delivery of the United Nations Train the Trainer programme, International Management Training and the delivery of specific bespoke programmes commissioned by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to address priority crimes committed against British citizen’s whilst overseas.

A qualified programme manager and RJ facilitator John has worked locally and nationally aligning RJ to criminal justice outcomes. John was instrumental in designing and delivering Community Resolution in Sussex Police and has assisted to develop national guidance & it’s application in Hampshire & Staffordshire.

John has also been responsible for expanding the scrutiny arrangements for Out of Court Disposals (OOCD), specifically Community Resolution, creating a Multi-Agency Scrutiny Panel to assess and quality control its application.More recently, John has lead & promoted Restorative Justice within Sussex Police and together with agencies from the Sussex Criminal Justice Board (SCJB) has been responsible for creating internal management structures to deliver new RJ services for victims of crime.

A true advocate for ‘victim focused’ services, John took the lead recently creating the new constitution for the ‘Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership’ which will manage the delivery of the new programme of work.

A practising RJ manager – John believes RJ is more than just a methodology – it is a way of thinking.

Kate Payling - Partnership Manager

Tel: 01273 481561
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Natacha Skelton - Partnership Development Officer

Tel: 01273 481991
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Natacha Skelton was born and brought up in Brussels and went to the European School, where she completed the European Baccalaureate. Natacha then studied Languages and Business at the University of Brighton and achieved a 2:1 BA Hons degree.

Natacha is bilingual in French and English and has a university diploma for professional purposes in Spanish. Natacha has also undertaken the PRINCE2 foundation certificate in project management, and has obtained a certificate in Restorative Justice practice.

Natacha has extensive experience of working in the public and voluntary sector and is responsible for governance arrangements within the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner relating to risk management, Police Appeals Tribunals and professional standards.

Natacha leads on the work of the Youth Commission and supports the delivery of priorities for the Elders’ Commission. Natacha also implemented and manages the Safer in Sussex Community Fund on behalf of the PCC and represents the Commissioner at Community Safety Partnerships.

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