All of these endorsements are sought and received on a personal basis, no organisational endorsement should be assumed.
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Nick Wilkinson, retired Assistant Chief Constable, Sussex Police
I have known Ian for over 7 years. He is a totally dedicated individual with exceptional partnership building skills. He has an expansive knowledge of Sussex Police and the wider criminal justice system, along with a detailed and caring understanding of Sussex communities. I rate Ian as an exceptional candidate for Sussex PCC.
Sofia Barbas, Victim of Crime
I am a resident of Brighton & Hove. In 2002 I was a victim of a very violent unprovoked street crime which happened in the early evening in a residential area of Hove; I was struck on the head during a violent mugging which left me unconscious, with a fractured skull and other serious injuries, and I was hospitalised for a total of four weeks. That incident has had major implications for my physical and mental health, as well as negatively impacting on my working and social life. Whilst still in hospital I was made aware of Victim Support, an organisation that have been a great help to me ever since. I was introduced to Ian Chisnall through Victim Support, and Ian took the time to listen to my story as part of his efforts to learn more about the impact of crime on victims. I am confident that Ian has the experience, skills and professionalism required for the role of PCC, I am therefore happy to endorse his candidacy for this position.
Kathy Gore, previously High Sheriff of East Sussex
I wholeheartedly endorse the candidacy of Ian Chisnall to represent the people of Sussex as Police & Crime Commissioner. Ian is a sound, wise and empathetic person who already works closely with charitable and community organisations dealing with issues at the heart of social welfare and justice. He is a good listener and keeps himself well primed about public concerns. I believe he has the necessary energy, enthusiasm and skills to work well with Sussex Police in delivering a service that will protect vulnerable residents and keep our communities safe. I do believe strongly that the new rôle of Police Commissioner should not be a political one. Ian is also an independent (and the only non-political) candidate.
I do not personally agree about the need to switch from the current system to the appointment of Police Commissioners. The existing Sussex Police Authority consists of a diverse, well-informed group of individuals who do an excellent job representing the whole community in diligently monitoring police performance and budget. This is working well, so why change it?
Since this change is mandated however I give my unreserved support to Ian Chisnall as a superb candidate for the position of Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex.
Rt Revd Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton
I would be happy to support Ian Chisnall’s application for this post. I think that Ian knows the county very well through his work with churches all over Sussex, and it is clear that he has the interests of the community very much at heart. His successful bid would ensure that policing remains very much as senior police officers have indicated they would wish it to remain, as a servant of the people and within the community, rather than something coming into the community from outside.
William King – past Member Wealden Local Strategic Partnership.
Ian is an ideal candidate; we should all vote for him as the PCC. He is independent of party politics, and so will be thinking of us all and thinking of the long-term as well as the present. He is very aware of the needs of the wide range of people he will serve – his experience as a servant of many groups of people in Sussex is very impressive. He has proved to be a fine Chairman and thinker and speaker, especially by being a good listener. He is sensible and grounded and can get things done. He has worked at a high level in local government related activity and at street level; so we know that he will carry out the role with experience and competence. He will deal well with all the people, interests and issues that will compete for his attention.
Daryl Martin, Principal Independent Examiners Ltd
This is a significant post, the Police Commissioner will appoint and assess the Chief Constable, and be responsible for preparing budgets and policing plans. We must do what we can to elect trusted and tried people. My vote’s going to Ian Chisnall. I’ve known him for 30 years and believe he’ll do a good job.
David Harland Senior Pastor City Coast Church, Portslade
‘I have known Ian for a number of years and have found him throughout that time to be a man of honour and integrity and with a tremendous heart to see truth and justice prevail in all situations. He is a passionate man who I believe will bring a refreshing perspective and approach to this crucial role’
Sue John, Brighton
Whilst not at all happy about theconcept of elected police commissioners, I’m delighted that you are putting yourself forward as a candidate. You have a great deal of relevant experience and excellent judgement, along with a compelling sense of public service.
Gavin Ashenden, Sussex University
I have known Ian Chisnall well for over 20 years and have always been impressed by his engagement with the local community in different contexts and with different agencies over many years. Ian knows this area well. His commitment to the community is unusual and highly impressive. His grasp of the issues that lie behind the colourful and complex society we share is sharp and acute. He is someone who brings social compassion, a wise grasp of the complex issues and broad base of support and trust across the area. He is someone I would trust to get things done, and to get them done well, without being constrained by political agencies or vested interests. I hope very much that Ian gets your vote as he gets mine as Prospective Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex.
The Rev’d Canon Dr Gavin Ashenden, University Chaplain, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Sussex (Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen)
Chris Whitwell, Friends Families and Travellers
FFT would welcome your election to the post as somebody with a deep understanding and awareness of equality and social justice issues, and an established track record of tackling inequality and injustice. Gypsies and Travellers, the groups for whom we work, are among the most marginalised, discriminated against and excluded of all minority groups in the UK today and we would wish all people working in the Criminal Justice system to have good awareness of the underlying drivers of inequality within our society, and the determination to tackle those inequalities.
Chris Whitwell, Director of Friends Families and Travellers
Martyn Relf, Eastbourne East Sussex
I wholeheartedly commend Ian Chisnall as the first elected Police Commissioner for Sussex. He would bring intelligence, experience and compassion to the role. His ease of working across many sectors in the public and voluntary realm would win wide confidence. His robust independence would mean he is not in anyone’s pocket. He is admirably suited to steer a clear course with all the competing demands that the job would entail.
Martyn serves as Chair of Churches Together for Eastbourne and is one of the Voluntary and Community representatives on Eastbourne Strategic Partnership
Michael Chater, West Itchenor West Sussex
I have known Ian Chisnall over many years and have no hesitation in recommending him to carry out a position of responsibility in public service. His work in ‘Churches Together in Sussex’ has embodied his wide community concern and this was no more apparent than in the work he conducted during the decade of existence of the South East England Regional Assembly. He not only contributed to support the voluntary bodies but, as a strong and articulate voice on The Executive was recognized for his community advocacy and reflective cooperation with both the Voluntary Bodies and the Principal Authority Members within the Assembly. This was ultimately recognized by his election as a Deputy Chairman with wider responsibility as a voice in regional government matters covered by SEERA. His working relationship with colleagues and his political awareness was underpinned by his professional approach and integrity.
Ian is hard working , attentive to the issues raised by colleagues and whilst he is his own man he takes regard to public opinion. On the basis of my knowledge of his character, I am happy to endorse his candidacy.
Cllr Michael Chater OBE, FRSA is chairman of West Itchenor Parish Council