Chief Constable Anthony Bangham has strong connections with West Mercia, having grown up and lived within the force area his whole life, while also having the distinction of serving at every rank within the organisation prior to taking his current post in August 2016.
Anthony's local roots saw him attend school at St Ambrose's in Kidderminster and Sacred Heart College in Droitwich, moving to sixth form at Old Swinford Hospital School in Stourbridge before going on to complete a degree in Agricultural Business Management at Wye College, University of London.
In 1991 he joined West Mercia Police as a constable, stationed in Redditch, before working his way up the ranks across Bromsgrove, Worcester and Droitwich to become Chief Inspector of Community Policing in Herefordshire.
Anthony then was appointed as Superintendent of Operations in Hereford, where he stayed until March 2005, including several long periods as the acting area commander. This led to various roles, including working nationally with the Association of Chief Police Officers on the police use of firearms. He played a leading role in co-ordinating the roll-out of the use of Taser in the UK.
He was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2007 and became Head of Professional Standards before taking his next step to head up the force's Operations Department. He also enjoyed a spell as Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for West Mercia.
In 2010 Anthony moved to pastures new, joining Avon and Somerset Constabulary as an Assistant Chief Constable. While there, he further developed his extensive experience of leading operational policing as the police commander for the Glastonbury festival and as the commander for the largest public order operation in the South West, when the English Defence League (EDL) marched through Bristol city centre.
Latterly, he oversaw the local policing portfolio and he describes one of his greatest achievements as reintroducing cadets to Avon and Somerset Police - establishing eight schemes with more than 200 cadets across their force area.
Anthony returned to his 'home patch' of West Mercia in 2014, when he was appointed Deputy Chief Constable. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and two children where he enjoys making the most of the beautiful countryside as a keen runner.
He's also putting his agricultural degree and interest in rural issues to good use, not only for the rural communities of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire but also across the rest of the country, having been appointed as the national policing lead for Animal Diseases.
In addition, Anthony is also the NPCC lead for Roads Policing, a busy portfolio with 8 chief officers supporting him and leading on such matters as police pursuits, motorcycles, pedal cycles, police vehicle fleet, operations and intelligence.
Anthony is also very proud to be a Local Ambassador for the Prince's Trust and has also recently joined the West Mercia branch of the International Police Association, promoting relationships with other police forces across the world.
Julian joined the police service with Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1992 after graduating from Bristol University having studied Physics.
His vast policing experience includes neighbourhood policing where he has been a beat manager as a constable, neighbourhood inspector in Bath, superintendent with responsibility for neighbourhood policing and partnerships in Bristol before being promoted to local policing commander for North Somerset. He also acted as temporary Assistant Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset Police. In 2015 he was Gold Commander overseeing the investigation into the murder of Becky Watts in Bristol.
Before joining West Mercia he was Assistant Chief Constable for Operations for Gloucestershire Constabulary. Julian is married and lives near Stroud, with his three children.
Martin's connection to West Mercia is very strong having been born and bred in Shropshire, where he still lives. Educated at Adams Grammar School in Newport and an active member within Shropshire Young Farmers; he previously served with West Mercia Police as a PC working within Shropshire and Telford at stations in Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Malinsgate and Wellington, before transferring to Staffordshire in 1996 where he was promoted to Sergeant.
Martin has 27 years policing experience, having worked at all ranks up to and including Chief Superintendent in both uniform and as a detective. During this time, he held roles as Staffordshire's Head of Anti-Corruption Unit, Director of Intelligence, Head of Serious and Organised Crime, Head of Crime and latterly was responsible for Local Policing across the alliance.
Between 2012 and 2014, Martin was Head of the Central Motorway Police Group working for West Mercia Police as part of the three force collaboration, whilst also working very closely alongside Warwickshire Police. Whilst performing this role, Martin took on a national role under the ACPO Roads Policing portfolio, chairing the National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum and an international role as the UK representative on the TISPOL (European Roads Policing) Roads Policing working Group.
Martin joined West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police in May 2017 as Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing across the alliance. From 1st September 2017, Martin became Assistant Chief Constable for West Mercia, covering the counties of Hereford, Worcestershire, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire. He also holds the NPCC portfolio for Collision Investigation.
Geoff became a police officer in 1992 when he joined the Greater Manchester Police. Originally from the rural West Country, Geoff spent the first four years working the intense city centre beat in Manchester, before working throughout the metropolitan area and specialising in leading major and serious crime investigations
Following his move to Avon and Somerset Police, Geoff served in a number of different roles which included heading up the Public Protection team and leading on a number of nationally high profile CSE cases. He spent two years as the Deputy Commander for policing in rural Somerset along with an extended period of temporary promotion to Chief Superintendent, leading the Prevention and Protection department which was responsible for safeguarding, victim and offender management.
His interests away from the Police include walking, running and dog walking. He has run the London Marathon three times raising over £30,000 for charity in the process. This year will (probably) be his last marathon when he runs out at the New York Marathon in November in a final effort to raise as much money as possible for his chosen charity 'MS Trust'.
As Interim Deputy Chief Constable Geoff has been appointed the force lead on Shared Policing Services, which incorporates Protective Services areas of business, including Operations, OCC and Criminal Justice. He also has responsibility for the alliance in the region with the Regional Organised Crime Unit, Strategic Roads Policing, Public Order and Firearms.
DCC Wessell will work with both ACCs for Local Policing in each force and oversee the delivery of the policing services that serve both of the forces in the alliance.
Rachel’s career in policing started in West Mercia Police nearly 20 years ago joining HR on a six month temporary contract on the old Kidderminster ‘A’ Division. A 12 month spell in Corporate HR followed before she moved into general management operating as a Support Services Manager on North Worcestershire Division where she stayed for six years. This time working in the old BCU (Basic Command Unit) structure enabled Rachel to have more direct contact with front line policing and she was able to see first-hand the important role of our supporting services in enabling policing operations to deliver effectively for the public.
Rachel holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Development which she achieved 5 years ago, is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) and also holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies.
In 2010 she moved into her first role as a Head of Department – Head of Resource Management and continued in this role until becoming Head of Business Support. Rachel has led significant and complex change programmes throughout her career in West Mercia and she is very passionate about ensuring an inclusive culture where staff feel valued and respected. In October 2019 Rachel was appointed as Temporary Director of Business Services and will be undertaking this role until the end of December 2019 at which time Rachel then attends the Strategic Command Course until the end of March 2020, after which she will move into the role of Director of Business Services.