Amanda has almost 25 years’ experience both as a journalist and in communication roles. For the past 17 years she has worked in senior communication roles within the police service and is currently responsible for Corporate Communications at Greater Manchester Police.
Initially, Amanda worked on local newspapers throughout the North West of England before moving into public relations working for a number of public sector organisations.
She has led the communication team at Greater Manchester Police during some challenging times including the murder of two police officers, August 2011 riots, death of the former Chief Constable and numerous counter terrorism investigations.
Amanda has been chair of the national Association of Police Communicators (APComm) since January 2013.
David joined Staffordshire Police in 2002 and is currently the force’s senior communications manager. David manages the strategic approach to communications and public relations and leads on digital engagement including social media and website engagement using an evidence based approach to support the delivery of the policing plan.
David is a key driver in the use of social media channels in UK policing and helped to write the national ACPO/NPIA Engage Guide in relation to police use of social media. In 2015, working with EUROPOL, David helped create the Social Media Handbook for European Policing.
David is an experienced police communicator and has lead on the communications response to numerous high level police incidents including summer’s disorder in 2011, large-scale protests, football disorder, counter terrorism investigations, major incidents and murder inquiries. In terms of proactive planned activity David helped establish the Operation Nemesis brand for tackling drugs in Staffordshire and leads on engagement and recruitment events for the force.
Ed Stearns is the Head of Media at the Metropolitan Police Service. He joined in 2008 and heads up the reactive and proactive media and social media services. This includes a 24/7 Press Bureau and specialist teams. His team deal with more than 1000 enquiries a week including some of the most high profile policing issues in the UK.
Ed worked as a journalist for regional and national newspapers before joining the Met. He is a member of the PRCA council and the CIPR. He has been on the Committee of APCOM for more than five years and is Chairman of the London Resilience Forum Communications Group.
Claire is the Communications Manager for Thames Valley Police – the largest non-metropolitan police Force in England and Wales. She heads up a team responsible for the delivery of internal and external communications including change management, employee engagement and public awareness campaigns.
Before joining police communications in January 2015, Claire spent a decade working for the private sector and later charity sector, managing PR and CSR campaigns for the likes of BP, Tesco, British Heart Foundation, Nestlé and Disney Destinations International. Claire is also the Chair of the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum’s Warning and Informing Group.
Ruth joined Surrey Police in 2013 to run their communications team and sit on the Chief Officer group, after twelve years at the Metropolitan Police Service where her different roles included internal, media, stakeholder and change communication.
She has led Surrey’s communication team during a range of high profile and challenging times including county-wide flooding when over 1,400 properties were effected, and a range of high profile events and investigations. She has changed how the Force approaches it communications, driving a focus on research, evaluation and targeting.
As a Vice Chair of APComm she is passionate about sharing best practice and organisational learning, professional development and promoting better collaborative inter-force / partnership working.
Tony is the Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Lincolnshire Police.
He moved to Lincolnshire after four years with the Directorate of Public Affairs in the Metropolitan Police. Prior to that he was press officer for the Bermuda Police. He is a graduate from the Open University and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in 1982.
He has provided media and presentations skills training for numerous forces and government organisations in Europe and further afield including Bermuda, Abu Dhabi, Croatia, Sierra Leone and the United Nations in Lausanne and Tallinn. He also co-ordinated the pseudo media television product for the national and international series of counter terrorist exercises operated by the Home Office and Foreign Office across the UK and abroad including Cyprus, Gibraltar, Grand Cayman and Malaysia
He began operating the police communicator course in 1988 and has since developed other media related courses which he continues to operate.
Jacqui Hanson has nearly thirty years’ experience in police communications, working at force territorial level, as well as in national policing. She is currently working as Strategic Communications Coordinator for Operation Hydrant, which provides operational coordination across the police service for investigations of non-recent child sexual abuse involving allegations against persons of public prominence or which is alleged to have taken place within institutions. In this role she supports Force communications leads with the latest advice and best practice guidance when dealing with these most complex of cases.
Jacqui has been an active member both of APComm – initially as a regional representative and subsequently in the role of Secretary – as well as the NPCC Communications Advisory Group, for over a decade. She is committed to supporting the professional development of members, and a keen advocate of networking, mentoring, coaching and peer support as a means to share knowledge and capture learning, thus ensuring the continued excellence of police communications as a professional discipline.