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In terms of my qualifications I have a degree in politics and contemporary history, a graduate diploma in law, and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice. Previously I worked in sales, banking, and customer relations for several 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 law, 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, company director, and charity trustee. I served as President of Leicestershire Junior Lawyers in 2013.
I undertook a considerable amount of political work with the Labour Party over 20 years: six years as a constituency officer; four years as a city councillor for Beaumont Leys, Leicester (2011–2015); Leicestershire Police Authority member – where I led efforts to save 200 policing jobs; parliamentary candidate for Harborough (2015); city council candidate for Harborne, Birmingham (2018); and four years as a national trade union branch leader (2016–2020). I left Labour in 2020 over political differences.
In my role at the IOPC I investigate serious incidents and allegations involving the police. During my time as PCS Branch Secretary in my organisation, I led a team of 15 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 based and non-political.
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