Who We Are

About The Programme

Police Now’s mission is to transform communities by recruiting, developing, and inspiring leaders in policing.

The Police Now programme trains graduates with leadership potential to be inspirational police officers and outstanding crime fighters. We believe that great police officers, given the highest levels of support and freedom, can contribute to changing lives. We also believe there should be no compromise or delay in boosting the numbers of those exceptional individuals entering policing.

On the Police Now programme, graduates become fully warranted police officers with responsibility for an area that could be home to as many as 20,000 people. They get to know their communities – the problems, the prominent offenders and the crime hotspots within them. And right from the beginning, they are expected to use innovative ideas and tactics to tackle the toughest problems and deliver high-impact results.

Originally incubated within the Metropolitan Police Service, Police Now is now an independent social enterprise. That means we are an organisation that aims to bring about improvements in society rather than profits for our organisation. We are proud to be working nationally with the following police forces:


As an organisation with an eye towards expanding across the UK, we aim to continue to create more opportunities for outstanding graduates to step forward and change the story, not just today but for generations to come.

David Spencer

Co-founder and CEO

David Spencer

Dave was an officer in the Metropolitan Police Service from 2003 to 2016, prior to which he had a career in recruitment consultancy.

While simultaneously working in a frontline policing role as a Detective Inspector in East London, Dave began leading Police Now in 2013. In 2015, Dave was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector.

He has been the driving force in building the programme from an idea into the national community transformation and policing recruitment, training and development programme it is today.

Dave has a Business degree from the University of Sheffield, a Masters degree in US Politics from the University of London, and a Research Masters degree in Politics from the University of London.

Joni Ferns

Chief Operating Officer

Joni Ferns

Stephanie Griffiths

Development Director

Stephanie Griffiths

Stephanie is responsible for the development of corporate partnerships and joined Police Now in 2017.

Before joining Police Now Stephanie worked at a number of advertising agencies in relationship director roles.

Clare Power

Graduate Recruitment Director

Clare Power

Before joining Police Now, Clare worked for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She is passionate about recruiting the very best graduates into policing from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Kurtis Christoforides

Programme Director

Kurtis Christoforides

Kurtis joined the Metropolitan Police Service as a volunteer special constable in 2009 and became a full-time police constable in 2011. He has worked in a variety of roles including emergency response, neighbourhood policing and investigation. He was a syndicate lead at the 2015 Summer Academy and having enjoyed it so much, subsequently joined the Police Now HQ team. Before entering the police service, Kurtis was a parliamentary researcher and political advisor in Westminster. He possesses a first class honours degree in War Studies from King’s College London.

Leadership Development Director

Sarah Carney

Sarah is responsible for the development and delivery of the two year leadership programme for participants. Sarah leads the team that inspires, develops and challenges the participants to ensure they deliver maximum impact in their communities as well as developing them as leaders. Prior to joining Police Now in 2016, Sarah worked in education for 16 years in a variety of roles, latterly setting up and running a Sixth Form in a large comprehensive school in North London.

Pete Borley

Academies Director

Peter Borley

Peter is responsible leading the planning and delivery of the annual Police Now Summer Academy for new participants. Before joining Police Now in December 2018, Peter worked for the education charity Teach First for over nine years, running a similar programme for trainee teachers working in schools across England and Wales. Peter’s expertise lies in large scale programme management and residential conferencing. He holds a 2:1 degree in International History from the University of Leeds.

Sir Ian Powell

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Ian left PwC on 30 June 2016 on completion of his second and final four-year term as Chairman and Senior Partner. He was a member of PwC’s Network Leadership Team and EMEA Leader. 

Ian joined the Board of Capita Plc on 1 September as Chairman Designate, taking on the role with effect from 1 January. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Old Vic Theatre, Chairman of Police Now and a member of the Development Committee of the National Gallery.

He is a graduate and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Ian is married with four children. He lists his interests as family, sport and theatre and is a keen West Bromwich Albion fan.

Ian was knighted in the 2017 New Years Honours List

James Darley

James Darley

Director of Strategic Alliances, Teach First

James has been working in Graduate Recruitment for just under 20 years and is recognised by his colleagues and industry as one of the most significant leaders in the sector.

James has been part of the Senior Leadership of Teach First from the very early days and for 13 seasons headed up their Graduate Recruitment Division.  During that time he recruited over 10,000 graduates, delivered over 800% growth and was honoured with the Founding Ambassador status having significantly supported the charities development and significance in the sector.

In late 2016 James spotted an opportunity to add more value to societal injustice by setting up the charity ‘Transform’ to represent all 5 programmes recruiting top talent into the most needed jobs in society (Teach First, Frontline, Police Now, Think Ahead & Unlocked).

He joined Teach First in 2004 from Credit Suisse where he was the European Head of Graduate Recruitment.

Before this he took a year off to travel around the world and fulfilled life-long ambitions including swimming with wild dolphins, hiking along the Great Wall of China and sailing up the Amazon!

Prior to travelling, James also spent 2 years at Deutsche Bank as Global Head of Fixed Income Graduate Recruitment and at the same time served as a Director of the AGR.

James is a founding Trustee of Frontline, Police Now, Think Ahead & Unlocked, and an advisory board member of The Springboard Bursary Foundation.  James also supports a number of university employer/career services including Birmingham, Bristol and Leicester.

James Bowler CB

Director General for Tax and Welfare at HM Treasury

James is the Director General for Tax and Welfare at HM Treasury. The role oversees personal and business tax policy development and implementation in the Treasury and its relationship with HM Revenue and Customs. It also oversees welfare reform and the department’s relationship with the Department of Work and Pensions. James oversees the preparation of the UK’s annual Budget and Autumn Statement, and subsequent legislation, and strategic planning in the Treasury. He reports to the Permanent Secretary.

James previous roles included at No.10 Downing Street working as Principal Private Secretary to both Gordon Brown and David Cameron. James previously spent 16 years at the Treasury in various roles, most notably as Principal Private Secretary to Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling during their respective tenures as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

James was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2012 New Year Honours.

Helen Ball

Helen Ball QPM

Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball was appointed as Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing in August 2013. In this role she co-ordinates the policing response to threats arising from terrorism and domestic extremism nationally, and also manages the Metropolitan Police Service’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15). She has extensive and broad policing experience, having worked in a range of roles including neighbourhood policing, the reduction of serious crime, leading initial police training and crisis negotiating in two Forces (Metropolitan and Thames Valley Police).

Before joining the police in 1987, Helen Ball obtained a degree in English Language and Literature at Aberdeen University, trained as a teacher, and worked in publishing. She was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in January 2014 for services to policing.

Bob Rothenberg

Bob Rothenberg MBE

Senior Partner at Blick Rothenberg

He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a Member of the Academy of Experts. In 2007, Bob was made an MBE for services to business and the community of London.

A board member of Think London for 11 years, Bob has advised many non-UK companies on doing business in the UK. He has also been Chairman of global accounting association, BKR International, and a Non-executive Director of easyJet plc. Both posts ended in 2010. In 2012, Bob became a Director for London First, an organisation dedicated to making London the best city in the world in which to do business. He is regularly quoted on tax and commercial issues, and has appeared on radio and television.

Clare Davis

Clare Davies OBE

Director of HR Metropolitan Police Service

Clare was appointed as Deputy Director of HR for the MPS in May 2013. The Metropolitan Police Service covers an area of 620 square miles and a population of 7.2 million. The overall current strength for the MPS is over 50,000. This consists of around 31,000 police officers, over 12,000 police staff and 2,000 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). The MPS is also supported by more than 5,000 volunteer police officers in the Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC). Prior to working in London, Clare was the Assistant Chief Officer for Support Services in Surrey Police where as a member of the Chief Officer Group she led on Finance, Human Resources, Learning and Development, Shared Business Services and ICT. Clare has spent her career working in policing, originally in operational support roles before moving into HR and then into Corporate Development. She has been at the forefront of leading change in back office functions to reduce cost and improve service delivery. To broaden her experience outside policing, Clare took on the role of Chair of the Trustee’s Board for Rushmoor Citizen’s Advice Bureau in 2012.

Judith Clegg

Judith Clegg

CEO and founder of Takeout

Judith is the founder of innovation agency Takeout and of LiveKind, a registered charity focused on funding projects to heal inequality for children, women, animals and the environment.

Takeout works with some of the world’s best known organisations to help them innovate, create new flagship products and services, and in so doing, new revenues and new profits.

Judith is also Founder of Glasshouse, an organisation providing support, inspiration and networking for entrepreneurs, investors and digital innovators.

She has been listed for many honours including as one of the Top Digital Powerbrokers in the UK by Wired Magazine and as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Britons in Technology (Daily Telegraph).

Dominick Fry

Dominic Fry

Communications & Investor Relations Director at Marks & Spencer

Dominic joined Marks & Spencer April 2009 from Tulchan Communications, a leading capital markets consultancy. Dominic started his career in 1982 working in PR consultancy for Traverse-Healy & Regester and then Charles Barker. In 1989 he became Communications Director for AT&T in the UK before moving from there to head up communications for the Channel Tunnel in the mid ‘90s. In 1996 he was appointed Communications Director of J Sainsbury plc and took the same role for ScottishPower plc from 2000-2005.

Sir Simon Woolley

Director of Operation Black Vote

Simon is the director and one of the founders of Operation Black Vote – an organisation dedicated to enabling African British and Asian British communities claim their places in European politics. He is also a commissioner for race on the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Martin Coleman

Martin Coleman

Global Head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Antitrust and Competition practice.

Martin is a senior partner at the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright where he heads the global competition and regulatory practice and serves on the firm’s management committee.
Between 2009-2015 he was a member of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority where he oversaw reforms to legal education and training as chair of the education and training committee.
He is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council and a member of the Council of the University of Kent.

Our mission at Police Now is to transform communities, reduce crime and increase the public’s confidence in policing. To make this happen, we’re recruiting outstanding, diverse people and developing them to be leaders – both on the policing frontline and in wider society.

We’ve put in place a number of values to help us achieve our mission. We uphold these behaviours and skills across our organisation.

  1. We believe that anything is possible, that one individual can make a difference and by working as a team we can change the world
  2. We are comfortable being uncomfortable
  3. We push through the ‘wall of no’
  4. We challenge and inspire others when they are doubting what we can achieve
  5. We each understand Police Now’s mission, case for change and strategy to deliver the greatest impact
  1. We prioritise what really matters
  2. We take personal responsibility for making things happen to a high standard without delay
  3. We act in a way that brings others with us
  4. We take smart risks to try new things, taking difficult decisions without unnecessarily referring upwards
  5. We role model our values, and when we get things wrong we act to put it right
  1. We seek radically candid feedback and give it to others whatever their position
  2. We are resilient, willingly coachable and eager to learn through reflection and feedback
  3. We communicate in an honest, direct and compassionate way
  4. We listen to understand, not just to respond
  5. We demonstrate empathy and trust in our dealings with others