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Andrew Champness

Chief Executive, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia

Andy Champness is Chief Executive of the West Mercia OPCC. Having started his career as an usher in the Inner London Magistrates’ Courts, he progressed to Deputy Justices Clerk for Gloucestershire before joining the Gloucestershire Police Authority as Chief Executive in February 2008. After leading Gloucestershire through the transition to the PCCs, he moved to West Mercia in April 2014.

Andy specialises in transforming organisations and achieving through effective inter-agency working. Andy has been part of the development of the West Mercia-Warwickshire Police alliance; a nine-force major IT collaboration; and extensive sharing of estates with the local Fire and Rescue Services. He has overseen the hosting of the Youth Justice Services for the region by the Police and Crime Commissioner and the introduction of a holistic commissioning approach to victims’ services and offender management support. He advises and supports the APCC on the Specialist Capabilities strand of the Police Reform and Transformation programme. He is the past Chair of the Association of Policing and Crime Chief Executives. He has considerable experience of developing and delivering training to both specialists and those with decision-making and governance responsibilities.

Andy is a Barrister, Chartered Manager and fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.