Find out about our chief officers.

Nick joined the police service in 1992 following a successful career in the Royal Navy.

As a serving officer in Cheshire he performed most ranks and roles up to and including that of Superintendent.

After a two-year spell working at the Home Office, Nick transferred to Greater Manchester Police and was soon promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent, taking command of the Tameside division followed by the City of Manchester division. In 2015, he successfully completed the Strategic Command Course and was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in Staffordshire.

Nick is the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for disclosure and safeguarding as well as police motorcycling and the criminal use of motorcycles.

He is a qualified counter-terrorism commander, strategic firearms commander and CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) commander.

Nick became Chief Constable at Northamptonshire Police in August 2018.

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Simon’s policing career began in 1992 in Nottinghamshire, where in 2002 he took first command as a Neighbourhood Inspector.

In 2007, Simon took on the role of Operations Superintendent in Nottingham City before becoming the Deputy Commander, with responsibilities including preventing violent extremism, performance and the policing of major events.

He was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2009 and joined Cleveland Police as Assistant Chief Constable in 2014. In 2018 he was seconded to the College of Policing as senior policing advisor.

Simon became Deputy Chief Constable at Northamptonshire Police in February 2019.



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James joined West Midlands Police in 1991 and during his 26 years’ service there worked in a variety of roles.

These included in local policing, as a Detective Constable in investigations, a senior level crime management role as a Detective Chief Inspector in Birmingham, and as Superintendent in Solihull Command Unit.

As a Chief Superintendent, James served as a local policing commander in Birmingham, where he led on the Birmingham Local Strategic Partnership, and chaired a multi-agency board working to coordinate regeneration in deprived neighbourhoods across the city. He subsequently led the large-scale reorganisation and improvement of the force’s 101 and 999 call handling, and control room functions.

James is experienced in commanding roles in critical and major incidents, firearms, public order, and large-scale, complex multi-agency operations, including leading the operation in support of the Pope’s high-profile visit to Birmingham in 2010.

After graduating from the Strategic Command Course, James became Assistant Chief Constable at Northamptonshire Police in May 2017.

In this role he is responsible for local policing, prevention and early intervention and strategic partnerships.

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Simon joined Northamptonshire Police in 1989 as a response officer in Corby, working his way up through the ranks to become an inspector in 2001 and a detective chief inspector in 2003.

He has also served as a superintendent in a number of command posts including operations, community policing and intelligence and in 2010 became Detective Chief Superintendent Head of Protective Services.

In 2014, Simon was seconded to the United Nations as their Senior Police Adviser in Iraq. He worked with Iraqi military and police on security for the national elections.  Later evacuated to Kurdistan, he also supported the development of the Kurdistan Police.

He transferred to New York in 2015 where he served as Chief of Mission Management for the UN Police Division, overseeing and inspecting the UN Police components in 17 peacekeeping missions worldwide.

In 2016, he became the UN Police Commissioner in Liberia, leading a multinational team ensuring peaceful elections, the protection of civilians and helping to shape the Liberian National Police, Immigration Service and Drug Enforcement Agency in readiness for the UN's withdrawal of its peacekeeping assets.

Simon returned to Northamptonshire Police in May 2018 as Chief Superintendent heading up Corporate Services. In June 2018 he was awarded an OBE for services to International and UK Policing.

Simon became Assistant Chief Constable at Northamptonshire Police in January 2019.

In this role he is responsible for the Force’s protective services including the crime investigation, justice, public protection, intelligence and operations departments. He is the Force lead for regional operational collaborations including the East Midlands Operations Unit.

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