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In terms of my background I have a degree in politics and contemporary history, a graduate diploma in law and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice. I previously worked in sales, banking and customer relations for a number of FTSE 100 companies. I also worked as a television news presenter.
I trained with a Legal 500 law firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2010. I practiced in a number of areas including business defence, crime, regulatory, and professional conduct. I have taken actions against the police and also defended police officers. Alongside my legal career I volunteered as a school governor, law association committee member, company director, and charity trustee.
Between 2011 and 2015 I served as a Leicester City Councillor (Beaumont Leys). I also served as a Board Member of the Leicestershire Police Authority and led efforts to save hundreds of policing jobs. I stood for election to Parliament in 2015 (Harborough) and I stood for Birmingham City Council in the 2018 English local elections (Harborne).
In my work at the IOPC I investigate serious incidents and allegations involving the police. From June 2016 to February 2020 I also served as PCS Branch Secretary within my organisation. I led a team of officials and worked to protect the jobs and interests of hundreds of staff across England and Wales. My work at the IOPC is entirely evidence-led and non-political.
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