Three weeks and four days set aside to recruit new chief constable for Cambridgeshire

Left to right: Simon Parr, Julie Spence, Tom Lloyd and Alex Wood.

Left to right: Simon Parr, Julie Spence, Tom Lloyd and Alex Wood. - Credit: Archant

Police commissioner Jason Ablewhite today launched a three weeks and four day campaign to recruit a new chief constable for Cambridgeshire.

Mr Ablewhite said the job is only open to other chief constables, their deputies or assistants.

Although no age is stipulated for candidates if the pattern of previous chief constables of Cambridgeshire is to be followed the new boss will probably be in their late 40s and can expect up to five years in the role prior to retirement.

In 2005 Tom Lloyd, then 53, stepped down (slightly prematurely following a tabloid story about his personal conduct).

He was replaced by Julie Spence who served for five years until she, too, departed at the age of 54. Last year she became the county’s lord lieutenant.

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Next came Simon Parr who also retired at 54 and also spent five years in the role to 2015 before opting for retirement. He now devotes much of his time to amateur dramatics.

His replacement, Alec Wood, is going at the slightly earlier age of 53 and having served as chief constable for only three years. He’s been a policeman for 32 years.

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Mr Ablewhite said: “I am looking for an exemplary and inspirational chief officer who has vision, determination and resilience to lead the constabulary and work with partners to help deliver my police and crime plan.

“My plan sets out the strategic direction for community safety and criminal justice is half-way through its four year journey.”

Mr Ablewhite added: “I consider myself fortunate to be in a leadership position that allows me to influence others, to test new ways of working; to listen to people’s needs and find local solutions.

“I want the new chief constable to join me to meet and embrace the challenges ahead.”

An information pack and application form can be obtained from the office of the police and crime commissioner by emailing Aly Flowers ( or Claire George (

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday June 25.

Mr Ablewhite said he was aiming to offer the role to his preferred candidate in July. The candidate will then be required to attend a confirmation hearing, where the police and crime panel will review the proposed appointment and make a recommendation to the Commissioner.

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