Learn more about the structure and duties of Thames Valley Police’s senior management team, the Chief Constable’s Management Team (CCMT).
Francis Habgood QPM
Francis was appointed Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police in April 2015.
Previously, Francis served with West Yorkshire Police where he worked in a number of operational roles before being appointed Divisional Commander for the North West Area of Leeds in January 2001.
Francis joined Thames Valley Police in January 2004 as Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations). At the end of 2007, he spent three months helping to train future Chief Officers on the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill Staff College. On his return, he undertook the Assistant Chief Constable (Local Policing) role before being promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in October 2008.
The Chief Constable provides a regular update on policing issues in Thames Valley in the Chief's Review.
John has 30 years police service and has worked in three police forces. He originally joined West Midlands Police in 1988, before transferring to Hampshire Constabulary in 2001 and joined Thames Valley Police in July 2010.
He has held operational and command roles across a number of disciplines, including criminal investigation, specialist operations and local policing and worked as a Hostage and Crisis negotiator.
Whilst in Hampshire he spent 4 years as the Police Commander in Portsmouth and then became the Chief Superintendent in charge of Uniform Operations, before joining Thames Valley. He later went on to command uniform operations across both Forces as Assistant Chief Constable (Operations), moving to ACC Crime in 2013 and Deputy Chief Constable in May 2015.
On the 13 February 2019, John was confirmed as the next Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, taking over from Chief Constable in Francis Habgood on the 1 April.
John is an experienced operational commander and as Chief Officer in Thames Valley was responsible for the policing of the Olympic events, including the South East regional phase of the Torch Relay. He also led the multi-agency response to the Flooding in Oxfordshire and Berkshire in 2014. He has also commanded numerous firearms and public order events.
He leads nationally for the Police in respect of how they respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear incidents and attacks.
In 2015 he received the Queens Police Medal, in the birthday’s honours list for services to policing.
Assistant Chief Constable – Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police – Operations
David Hardcastle joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1990 as a PC and has served his entire career with the force. He was appointed Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) in May 2016.
David has a responsibility across Hampshire and Thames Valley for Firearms, Strategic Operations, Roads Policing, the Dog, Marine and Mounted sections, Civil Contingencies, front counters and Contact Management. He is also the regional lead for firearms, Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN). He has a broad range of operational and strategic policing experience, developed through a variety of roles, including deputy Basic Command Unit (BCU) commander, Force Leadership Development programme lead, head of the Intelligence, Tasking and Development Command, and a force gold commander since 2014.
Ongoing projects include supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) in proposals for national and regional development for frontline response officers, as well as working with the South East region to develop a broader approach to collaboration.
Assistant Chief Constable – Local Policing
Nicola has been with Thames Valley Police since 1984 when she was employed as a typist and then as a control room operator. She joined as an officer in 1988 and has performed a wide range of roles across the organisation since then, including the Basic Command Unit (BCU) Commander at Milton Keynes and the head of Professional Standards. She has retained her accreditation in both public order and firearms command throughout.
In 2015 she undertook the role of Director of information and has been the ACC Local Policing since January 2016.
Assistant Chief Constable – Counter Terrorism Policing South East & Regional Organised Crime Unit
Jason Hogg joined Thames Valley Police in June 2016 as Assistant Chief Constable (Crime and Criminal Justice).
Jason previously worked for Hampshire Constabulary where he held a number of roles as a Chief Superintendent including Head of Crime and Head of Prevention and Neighbourhoods. He started his police career at Cleveland Police in 1995 before transferring to Hampshire in 2001.
He has spent most of his career working in Criminal Investigation roles, serving as a detective in every rank. He has been a member of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) Child Protection and Child Death working groups and was involved in delivering training on the National Senior Investigation Officer (SIO) development programme. During his career Jason has been on extended secondments with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Tim De Meyer
Assistant Chief Constable – Crime and Criminal Justice
Tim joined Thames Valley Police in 2008 on promotion to Superintendent, taking up the position of LPA Commander for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
Tim began his police career with the Metropolitan Police Service in 1997. During his service for the Met he served in detective roles at each rank, in various Boroughs and specialist departments across South and West London.
In 2012 Tim was promoted to Chief Superintendent – Neighbourhood Policing & Partnership before becoming Head of Professional Standards in 2014. Tim has been a Strategic Firearms Commander and Gold Public Order Commander since 2013.
Tim attended the Strategic Command Course in 2017.
Amanda Cooper OBE
Assistant Chief Officer – Chief Information Officer
Amanda has been the Assistant Chief Officer responsible for the portfolio of IT and Information Management since 2009 in TVP and for both TVP and Hampshire since December 2015.
Amanda is a member of the Executive Board of both forces. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of force strategies for the effective use of information and technology for policing in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
Amanda leads on the delivery of the ICT 2020 five year strategy to improve services, deliver on capital programs and deliver savings. She also supports the development of national policing information and technology strategies and programmes.
From March to December 2015 Amanda was seconded to a national role in the Home Office to support scientific and digital technology initiatives.
Amanda joined Thames Valley Police from the private sector in January 2002 as the Head of Scientific Support and was the first member of Police Staff to hold this role in Thames Valley Police.
Following completion of the Police Service Strategic Command Course, Amanda joined the Chief Constable's Management Team and was appointed Director of Information in 2009. In that role she led the merger of critical support services across Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary.
Amanda was awarded an OBE in 2014 for her services to policing.
Dr Steven Chase OBE
Assistant Chief Officer – Director of People
Steven Chase joined Thames Valley Police in April 1997 as Head of Human Resources and was appointed Director of People in September 2012.
Previously, he had served for over 20 years in the Royal Air Force, reaching the rank of Group Captain. Steven holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). He is also President of the CIPD Police Forum. Steven was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year 2017 Honours List.
Steven's role is to provide professional leadership of all aspects of the People Directorate function with a particular focus on leadership, organisational development, people services, learning and professional development, corporate health and support and health and safety.
Assistant Chief Officer – Director of Finance
Linda is a chartered accountant and has been with Thames Valley Police for 25 years. She was appointed to the role of Director of Finance in 2012.
The Finance department is responsible for providing the full range of financial services to the force including financial management, payroll and procure to pay.
Jason joined Thames Valley Police Special Constabulary in 2000 and was appointed Chief Officer of Thames Valley Police Special Constabulary in November 2016.
In 2002 he was awarded an Area Commander's Commendation for saving the life of a member of the public, who had collapsed and was in cardiac arrest. He has also served as the senior special constable for several high profile public events across the force. In 2007 was awarded the title of Thames Valley Police Special Constable of the Year and in 2015 was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen and invested in the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem for his services to St. John Ambulance for over 35 years.
Jason has served at every rank in the special constabulary whilst in Thames Valley Police and leads over 500 specials. He is a member of the Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers (ASCCO) and is the Deputy Regional representative for the South East Forces, where he represents the interests of Thames Valley, Hampshire, Surrey, Kent, Sussex and British Transport Police (Southern Region).