Since 2004 I have been a member of the Independent Advisory Group for Sussex Police. I am a member of the force-wide group and chair of Brighton & Hove divisional group. These groups act as a critical friend to Sussex Police on operational matters and the setting of strategic policy. Unlike the Police Commissioner these groups have no responsibility for governance, but they do provide an insight into the internal working of the force. I am also a member of the Local Policing Plan Board which gives me an understanding of the process which the Police Commissioner will need to follow upon taking office on 22nd November. Since 2001 I have been a member of a variety of strategic partnerships where Sussex Police operate collaboratively with other agencies. However I come to the formal governance arrangements for the force with a fresh pair of eyes which ensures I do not presume to know what is right or wrong in advance.
Between 2004 – 2009 I was a member of the Sussex Courts Board and then chaired the combined Surrey and Sussex Courts Board. These statutory boards were made up of candidates appointed by the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs including members of the Judiciary and Magistracy as well as professional courts users and local residents. The Courts Board was developed to secure local accountability and scrutiny of all courts within Surrey and Sussex and replaced some of the functions of the Magistrates Courts Committees.