Who We Are

About The Programme

Police Now’s mission is to transform communities, reduce crime and increase the public’s confidence in policing, by recruiting and developing an outstanding and diverse group of individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline.

In addition to the Police Now National Graduate Leadership programme we are committed to contributing to the development of policing in the UK and to supporting the many thousands of dedicated police officers across the country to enable them to deliver the very best service to the public.

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:

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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 successful career in recruitment consultancy.

Having originally developed Police Now with Tor Garnett while working in a frontline policing role as a Detective Inspector in East London he began leading Police Now full time in May 2014. 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 graduate recruitment 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 is currently studying his research Masters in Politics from the University of London.


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Co-founder

Tor Garnett


Tor joined the Met as a Police Constable in 2008. She has worked in a range of departments from response team, domestic abuse investigation team and Trident Gang Command to now working as a Detective Chief Inspector in the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command, SO15.

In 2012 Tor created a forum, the Commissioner’s 100, as an opportunity for junior-ranking officers in the Met to generate and implement ideas to improve the force from within. Through this forum, Tor and Dave successfully pitched the concept of Police Now.

Tor has a first class honors degree in Natural Sciences from Gonville and Caius, Cambridge.


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.


Vanessa Soames

Graduate recruitment director

Vanessa Soames


Before joining Police Now, Vanessa was working as the Head of Graduate Recruitment and Recruitment Marketing at KPMG, delivering end-to-end recruitment projects. Within Police Now she is responsible for putting in place the right recruitment and marketing processes to get the best candidates applying to the programme.


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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.


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Chief operating officer

Joshua Marks


Joshua was working as a strategy consultant for Oliver Wyman, when he completed an 8-week pro bono project for the organisation. This was enough time to get him hooked, and he now serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Police Now, covering Strategy, Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Compliance and Operations. He is involved in a number of charities working with the Anglo-Jewish community and was previously head of the largest Jewish youth movement in the UK, with offices in London, Manchester and Jerusalem. He holds a first-class Politics and Economics degree from Cambridge.


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Head of leadership delivery

Alexandra Bingley


Alex is a Detective Inspector in the MPS and is currently on secondment to Police Now as the Head of Leadership Delivery. She started her working life as a civil servant in the Treasury but soon realised she must pursue her lifelong dream to be a police officer. She has worked in a variety of policing roles and boroughs across London and is thrilled to now be supporting new officers at the start of their careers. She firmly believes policing is the best job in the world. 


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Head of summer academy

Julie Onwukegu


Before joining Police Now in 2017, Julie was the Head of Crime Reduction for the British Transport Police. Julie is responsible for the Summer Academy and it’s her job to ensure participants enter our partner forces not only as outstanding officers, but together, as a team, that can have a huge disproportionate positive impact on society. 

After working in a variety of operational policing departments including Forensics, CCTV and Crime Prevention, Julie is looking forward to supporting participants development throughout the Summer Academy.

Julie holds a 2:1 in Criminology and Forensic Science, along with qualifications in training and leadership.


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Head of impact and evaluation

Liam Fenn


Liam is responsible for developing research and analysis to understand the impact of Police Now and build the organisations theory of change. Before joining Police Now, Liam worked in a variety of research and performance roles with the MPS and MOPAC. He led research and evaluations covering a number of topic areas, including: confidence in the police, youth engagement, victim co-operation, police recruitment and organisational culture. Liam possesses a first class degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, an MSc in Criminology and Social Research Methods from the University of Surrey, and is currently studying part-time for a PhD.


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Head of recruitment marketing

Emily Milne-Home


Emily is the Head of Recruitment Marketing at Police Now, with responsibility for developing and delivering all recruitment marketing activity. Before joining Police Now she was Head of Student Attraction at KPMG, where she was responsible for school and campus attraction strategy and delivery.  Prior to this Emily has a wide range of experience in recruitment and marketing, from managing both high volume student and experienced hire recruitment to developing global employer brand and recruitment campaigns.


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Head of Force Partnerships

Penny Jerrum


Penny is responsible forming partnerships with police forces across the country.


Tiffany Stromsoe

Corporate Communications Officer

Tiffany Stromsoe


Tiffany graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering. She then worked as a press officer for a private outsourcing firm for four years before joining Police Now in 2016. At Police Now Tiff is responsible for the external communications and media liaison.


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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.


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James Bowler


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

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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


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.


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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.


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Millie Tanner


Police Now 2016 Cohort member

Millie is a member of the Police Now 2016 cohort and currently works as a Neighbourhood Officer for Thames Valley Police, posted to Oxford Road in Reading. Millie graduated from Durham University in 2014, after which she worked in student politics for two years, as President first of her college JCR and then of Durham Students’ Union.

Millie was inspired by the Police Now mission and would never have considered being a Police Officer before seeing the programme advertised. She applied to be a Trustee to ensure that participants’ voices are heard at the top level.


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.