Former Chief Constable Michael Fuller has been appointed a non-executive director for the Home Office.
A former Chief Constable with more than 30 years’ experience in front-line policing has been appointed by Home Secretary Priti Patel to challenge and support the Home Office as it recruits 20,000 extra officers, tackles violent crime and restores public confidence in the criminal justice system.
Michael Fuller, who has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Home Office, is also keen to help the department increase diversity in the police and to implement the recommendations of the Wendy Williams Lessons Learned Review following Windrush.
Mr Fuller QPM became the first black officer to be appointed Chief Constable when he took over Kent Police in 2004. As a police officer, he was instrumental in setting up the Racial and Violent Crime Task Force, drew up the Metropolitan Police action plan in response to the Macpherson Inquiry, and established and led Operation Trident, successfully reducing gun crime in London. Mr Fuller, a qualified barrister, later served as HM Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service.
He is one of five new non-executive directors who will work closely with ministers and officials to support the delivery of the department’s commitments. The appointees have a vast amount of private sector and commercial experience:
- Phil Swallow had a 32 year career at multinational professional services company Accenture
- John Paton has served as chief executive of several media companies across four countries
- Tim Robinson is chief executive of international life sciences company LGC
- Jan Gower is a former Vice President at IBM UK and was also a Partner at PwC
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft said:
Michael Fuller QPM said:
Non-executive directors are an essential part of the board as they bring constructive challenge and advice to the department’s work through a fresh, independent, and external perspective. NEDs will have experience of managing large or complex organisations and projects.