The Police and Crime Commissioner
Rt Hon Alun Michael was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales in 2012 and was re-elected for a second term in 2016.
His aim is "to serve the people of South Wales by holding the police accountable and setting priorities for preventing and fighting crime".
He had been the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth for 25 years serving as both the Secretary of State for Wales and First Minister in the Welsh Assembly. Prior to stepping in 1987 to stand in the Police and Crime Commissioner Election in South Wales.
He has a proven track record on policing issues: As Deputy to the Shadow Home Secretary – first Tony Blair and then Jack Straw – he developed Labour’s detailed policies on Youth Justice, Policing, Crime Partnerships and the Voluntary Sector. In 1997, as Deputy Home Secretary, he steered the Crime and Disorder Act onto the Statute Book, leading to the establishment of local crime reduction partnerships, youth offending teams, the Youth Justice Board and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. It has been widely praised by the police as the best piece of criminal justice legislation in a generation.
He has made clear his ambition to “add value” by working closely with the Chief Constable, with the whole police team and with other partners across South Wales to reduce crime as well as fulfilling his responsibility to maintain an effective and efficient police service, and to hold the Chief Constable to account.
Jeremy Vaughan was promoted to Chief Constable of South Wales Police in November 2020.
Jeremy began his policing career in 1996 with North Wales Police. He served the communities of North Wales across a number of roles for twenty years, working up to the rank of Chief Superintendent, where he took responsibility for Local Policing Services.
In 2016 Jeremy transferred to South Wales Police as Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for Specialist Operations, including Professional Standards, Criminal Justice, Operational Planning and the Public Service Centre. In December 2017 he took responsibility for the Territorial Policing portfolio including leading on Neighbourhood Policing. He remained as Head of this portfolio until he was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in 2019.
In addition to his Force responsibilities, Jeremy is deputy chair of the UK Police Counter Corruption Advisory Group and chair of the South Wales Local Resilience Forum. He is the UK Police lead for Facial Matching (Identification), supporting the national development and use of facial recognition technology by the police forces of England and Wales.
Jeremy is the Welsh lead for gender equality and was recognised for his work in this area by the International Association of Women in Policing in 2019 with the HeForShe award. He is strategic lead for our Representative Workforce project which is focussed on attracting and retaining more members of our BAME communities and in 2019 was recognised with a Leading Wales Award – Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion.
A fluent Welsh speaker, Jeremy was appointed to the Gorsedd Cymru in 2019 for services to the Welsh language which reflects his work within South Wales Police in promoting the use of Welsh and improving the service the Force provides to individuals within Welsh speaking communities.
Deputy Chief Constable
Jenny Gilmer joined South Wales Police in June 2018 as Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for Operational Support Services. Jenny was appointed to the post of T/Deputy Chief Constable in November 2020.
Jenny previously served 19 years with British Transport Police in various roles in Scotland and London. Following promotion to Superintendent in 2015, she undertook roles in Operations, Crime and as a sub-divisional Commander, leading large teams to ensure a safe and low crime environment for the millions of people who use the transport network in London and the South East every day. In October 2017, she was successful at the Senior Police National Assessment Centre and passed the Strategic Command Course in early 2018.
A highlight of Jenny’s career was a two-year secondment to the Metropolitan Police Service/ACPO Olympic Policing Co-ordination Team to assist in the preparation of the national safety and security operation for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Jenny is a Gold Public Order Commander and within South Wales Police she has portfolio responsibilities that include Corporate Services, Joint Legal Services, Corporate Communications and Criminal Justice. She is also the NPCC lead for CCTV.
She is passionate about staff development and is a fully trained coach and a mentor and devotes a significant time to supporting colleagues.
Chief Financial Officer
Umar Hussain MBE became Director of Finance for South Wales Police in August 2007.
He has financial experience in both the public and private sector. This includes ten years’ experience with Gwent Police as Head of Finance, and three years with Lincolnshire Police as Director of Finance and Administration.
Umar has a BA Honours in Accounting and Finance and trained as an accountant in London. He is also a fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
He provides strategic direction, control and advice on all financial matters within the Force, responsible for Corporate Finance, Estates, Facilities, Fleet and Procurement.
Umar chairs the Ystadau Cymru (Estates Wales) working group, member of the Home Office National Commercial Board and Chair of the All Wales Police Procurement Board. He is a Governor of the Cardiff Metropolitan University and Chair of their Audit Committee.
Umar is heavily engaged in Police Collaboration and is the regional police lead for Finance in Wales.
In 2003 Umar completed the Police Senior Command Course. In 2015 Umar was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and awarded an MBE. In 2017 Umar completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy.
Director of People and Organisational Development
Mark Stevenson joined South Wales Police in September 2018 as Director of People and Organisational Development having enjoyed a career spanning 18 years within the private sector. Working within the steel industry, Mark has more than 13 years’ experience as a senior leader working across several large, complex, multi-site organisations.
Mark provides depth and breadth of experience across the HR agenda at both a strategic and pragmatic level. Having operated as an HR Business Partner for more than six years, Mark has also held lead roles across the UK within industrial relations, policy development, reward and organisational development. Prior to joining the Force Mark’s most recent position was Head of Capability, Talent and Training for Tata Steel UK.