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Leadership Team

Staffordshire Police have four senior executive officers who lead the force from our headquarters in Stafford.

The Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police is Gareth Morgan. The Chief and the leadership team work closely with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver policing services to the public of Staffordshire. The senior leaders are supported by a wider leadership team across the force.

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan
Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan joined Staffordshire Police as Chief Constable in June 2017.

He embarked on his police career in 1987 in West Midlands Police. In 1996 he joined the Accelerated Promotion Scheme, and following this secured his promotion to Inspector.

In 2000, he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy at Quantico and on his return was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector.

In 2002 as a Superintendent, he was seconded to the Home Office, before a return to the West Midlands in 2003.

The next eight years saw Gareth take up a variety of command and policy roles within West Midlands Police, before attending the Strategic Command Course. In 2011 he was temporarily promoted and took up the post of Chief of Staff to the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

In July 2012 he joined Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police as Assistant Chief Constable for local policing, before becoming temporary Deputy Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset in 2014, a posting that was made substantive in 2015.

Click here to find out more about Chief Constable Gareth Morgan's career, experience and knowledge.


Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker

Information on Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) Nick Baker.

DCC Nick BakerNick is responsible for the following functions:


Nick began his career with the force in 1987 and has worked throughout the county of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, predominantly as a Detective and within specialist units.

Nick was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2001 and spent time seconded to the Government Office for the West Midlands before taking up the role of Local Policing Unit Commander at Wombourne.

In 2002, Nick took up the post of Detective Inspector for Chase Division before being promoted to Detective Chief Inspector and serving as the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) in the force's Major Investigation Department (MID), where he investigated numerous murders and serious complex crimes.

During his time as a SIO Nick led the high-profile enquiry into the desecration of Gladys Hammond's grave in Yoxall by animal rights extremists. He also investigated organised crime groups involved with high-value VAT fraud in North Staffordshire.

He took up the role of Superintendent for North Staffordshire Division before moving to Chase Division in January 2008. He was promoted to Chief Superintendent and Divisional Commander for Chase Division in May 2008.

In 2010 he became Detective Chief Superintendent, head of Investigative Services. In 2012 took up the role of Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for Investigative Services and in 2014 was promoted to DCC.

Nick is also the Strategic Firearms and Public Order Commander.

Role with National Police Chiefs Council.

Nick is also the national policing lead for Digital Forensics and Technical Surveillance.

These portfolios strive to unify digital forensic and technical surveillance capabilities, practice and standards across law enforcement enabling faster and more effective justice for victims and witnesses. 

Assistant Chief Constable Emma Barnett

Emma BarnettInformation on Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Emma Barnett.

Emma leads on the following functions:


Emma Barnett joined Staffordshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable in August 2016. She leads two Directorates - Investigations which includes CID, Specialist Investigations, Major and Organised Crime, and Forensics; and Operational Support which includes Justice Services, Intelligence and Operations, including being the portfolio holder for Armed Policing. She also leads for Staffordshire Police on the regional collaborations of the Organised Crime Unit, the Counter-Terrorism Unit and the Central Motorway Policing Group. Emma is also a Strategic Firearms Commander and Public Order Gold Commander.

She became a police officer in 1993 in West Midlands Police after graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Geography. Across her career in West Midlands Police, she undertook a number of roles including senior investigating officer, tactical firearms commander, staff officer and force change programme lead. Most of her roles were in local policing and in her final role with West Midlands Police she was commander of one of the largest policing units in the country - Birmingham West and Central. In 2005, Emma achieved an MSc in HR and Business from Aston Business School.

Emma completed the national Strategic Command Course in 2016 and joined Staffordshire Police later that year.

During her time with Staffordshire Police she has developed the force's response to dealing with victims and witnesses, and overseen developments in how the force tackles serious and organised crime. She has also led the two force operations during 2017 when the security state was raised to Critical and Op Temperer was implemented.

Emma has always been a strong advocate of women in policing and was recognised in 2016 by the West Midlands Association for Women in Policing for her role leading the Senior Women in Policing network. Now as the most senior female in the organisation she continues her support with the development of SAWP and the regional SWIP.

She is the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) lead for victims and witnesses as part of the Criminal Justice Co-ordination Committee.

Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims

ACC Jenny Sims

Jenny leads on the following functions:


Jenny Sims joined Staffordshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable in September 2018.

She became a police officer in 1993 in Merseyside Police. Across her career in Merseyside Police, she undertook roles in response, neighbourhood policing and was head of Matrix Uniformed Services. Jenny has undertaken two national secondments within her service and was the force lead and driver for Operation Brookdale, a force-wide partnership response to tackle the anti-social and criminal use of motor cycles which continues today. She has led a number of change programmes and has held operations command in two areas including the city centre and Liverpool South. She is committed to working in partnership and problem solving across functions; she was the force lead for business crime over four years. Jenny's previous role prior to joining Staffordshire Police was Head of Leadership and People for Merseyside Police.

Jenny completed the national Strategic Command Course in March 2018.

Jenny will work with the executive team to deliver the force strategy and plans to build on the ongoing early intervention work with partners to tackle the root causes of problems, prevent crime and protect the vulnerable. She will lead work so that the force continues to safeguard public confidence by ensuring that individuals and communities feel safe, reassured and confident that the service is there when they need it. Jenny will develop the role of neighbourhood policing following the recent changes and will ensure contact and response continues to advance with modern policing.

Jenny Sims said, "I am delighted to have been appointed as the Assistant Chief Constable to serve the people of Staffordshire Police Headquarters. Over the past few weeks I have spent time getting to know the force, its people and its partners and I am overwhelmed by the pride in the organisation and the work being done in partnership. The force has recently implemented a new policing model and I look forwards to working closely with communities, officers, staff and partners to ensure safer, fairer and united communities."

Director of People and Resources Justine Kenny

Information on Director of People and Resources Justine Kenny.

Justine Kenny Director of People and Resources

Justine joined the Force in October 2017 and leads on the enabling services:


Justine began her career in HR in the NHS, and worked in a range of different NHS trusts in the Midlands, Warwickshire, and the South West.  When she left the NHS, she was the Deputy Director of Human Resources at Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust and had acted up into the Director role in the run up to the merger of the two acute Trusts in the area.

She then moved on to join the leadership teams of two start-up organisations - firstly as HR Director of a Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department of Health, and then as Director of People and Organisational Development at the Gambling Commission.  Having stayed there through its start-up and into steady state she moved onto a number of interim roles, focussing largely on change and transformation.  She spent two years at Ofwat leading a number of functions including ICT and HR, then moved to the Equality and Human Rights Commission as Director of People and Finance, and then to the Big Lottery Fund as a Reward Consultant. 

Local Commanders

Information about Staffordshire Police's Local Commanders.