Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that Millie Banerjee CBE has been confirmed as the new permanent Chair of the College of Policing. Millie, who has acted as the college’s interim Chair since last November, will bring a wealth of experience from the public and private sector to the role.
Before joining the College, Millie was the Chair of British Transport Police Authority for seven years and spent 30 years in the telecommunications and satellite industries. This included 25 years with BT in senior operations and customer service roles and culminating as the Director of BT Products and Services.
She is currently the Chair of NHS Blood and Transplant and a board member of East London NHS Foundation Trust.
Millie Banerjee, Chair of the College of Policing, said, “I have spent many years in policing and it has been a privilege to witness the dedication and compassion of officers and staff to protect the public. This is evident when I see that public approval for police has remained high despite officers and staff being faced with ever more complex crime, a reduced workforce and greater demand.
“We are dedicated to providing access to the best knowledge and skills, which sits behind the bravery, dedication and compassion shown by police on a daily basis. We have ambitious plans ahead and I intend on working with people across policing to continue building a professional body that supports all officers and staff.”
Announcing the appointment, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said, “Working with Millie over the last year I have been impressed by the insight she brings from her time leading other public and commercial organisations, including the British Transport Police. I am very pleased Millie is taking on the role permanently and, along with newly appointed CEO Mike Cunningham, the College of Policing will have a strong leadership team to help drive reform and ensure the police workforce is flexible, capable and professional, able to face the future with confidence.”