Paul West QPM



Paul is currently the Managing Director of Policing First, which is an ethically-based company with a unique business model, focused upon UK and international policing and justice development and supporting a range of community-based projects and charities. He has 32 years of policing experience, including 13 years as a chief officer and 8 years as the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police. In 2011 he was joint Director of the Indian Police Service Mid-Career Training Programme Phase IV, based at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, India.

Paul has been the Bishop of Worcester’s Criminal Justice Affairs advisor (voluntary role) since 2012. He is an independent member of the Judicial Appointments Commission and also sits on Police Appeals Tribunals in Northern Ireland. He was recently appointed as Chair of Governors at Bromsgrove School and is also the Chair of Trustees at Holland House Retreat and Conference Centre in Cropthorne, Worcestershire. He is an honorary Fellow of the University of Worcester, where he previously was a member and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors, chaired the Board’s Personnel Committee and was a member of its Remuneration Committee.

Paul is a very keen amateur musician and is a playing member (violin and viola) of the British Police Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the UK’s top national amateur orchestras. He is also a Trustee of the Orchestra and served as its Chair until his retirement from the police service in 2011.

Appointed: August 2016 Term ends: July 2019

Register of interest are disclosed here.


The Member of the Prison Service Pay Review Body is to provide independent advice on the remuneration of governing governors and operational managers, prison officers and support grades in the England and Wales Prison Service.