Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has named Kate Meynell as her preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, subject to a confirmation hearing with the Police and Crime Panel.
Kate is currently the Deputy Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, having previously spent most of her career serving with Nottinghamshire Police, including a two-and-a-half-year spell as Assistant Chief Constable when she led the force’s knife crime strategy and chaired the regional strategic response to the Covid pandemic.
Since then, she has implemented Derbyshire Constabulary’s vulnerability improvement programme, driving change in how the force safeguards vulnerable people, and led an operation to improve engagement within the workforce.
The preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable, Kate Meynell, will now go before the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel for confirmation on 21 September. If the panel confirms the preferred candidate, the PCC will then be able to appoint the next Chief Constable.
Commissioner Henry said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce Kate Meynell as my preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police.
“Kate will be responsible for working with me to deliver my ‘Make Notts Safe’ Police and Crime Plan, which has a clear focus on preventing crime, responding efficiently and effectively to local need and supporting vulnerable victims.
“Craig Guildford has been an excellent Chief Constable over the last five years at Nottinghamshire Police, during which crime has fallen, officer numbers have reached their highest in over a decade and neighbourhood policing has expanded. Craig will continue to lead the force until the end of the year before moving to take up the Chief Constable position at West Midlands Police, where we wish him well.”
Kate Meynell said: “I’m extremely proud to be named as the preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police.