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Meredydd John Hughes
In his 32 year Police career, Meredydd Hughes served in four of the largest UK Forces and on secondment to the Home Office. He has extensive and comprehensive experience in both territorial and specialist uniformed operational policing with an emphasis on the leadership of large scale public and sporting events, critical incidents, public order, roads policing and firearms operations.
A Chief Police Officer since 1999 in Greater Manchester, he commanded the successful planning and delivery of the Commonwealth Games. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in South Yorkshire in September 2002, and appointed as Chief Constable on 1 September 2004. Under his leadership, the Force became rated by the HMIC as one of the four most improved forces in the Country. He led the response to the South Yorkshire flooding of 2006, and oversaw a number of successful major events and incidents, retaining his status as a Gold Public Order and Firearms Commander.
Nationally he represented the Association of Chief Police Officers as the Head of Roads Policing, and for over 5 years as Head of the Unformed Operations Business Area. His responsibilities included the oversight of all Police firearms issues, public order, roads policing, specialist operations and emergency planning. He delivered a key strand of Police planning for the 2012 Olympic Games, and also the changes to the service following Stockwell and the “G20” Disorder in London.
In 2005, he led the ACPO team co-ordinating the England and Wales resources for the G8 Summit at Gleneagles; and played a leading role in the national response to the 7th July bombings in London. Last year he coordinated the policing of the Papal visit.
He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2006 New Year Honours List the Institute of Directors awarded him the “Chartered director of the Year Award “for 2011, and in the 2012 New Year Honours List received a CBE.
Currently focused on working in the Middle East he brings his operational police experience, business acumen and extensive network of contacts to the SAHER team
Dave served for 30 years in a UK police force ending his service as a senior officer working on behalf of four regional Chief Constables of Yorkshire and the Humber.
During his varied police career he has served in many roles including community policing, operational / firearms support, investigations and held management roles both operationally and HQ based.
In 2004 he was promoted again and seconded to a regional government agency to lead a new work stream on tackling crime against business on a regional level. He worked on projects to address crime against business with a focus on e-crime and crime against the logistics sector. He was also appointed as the EU policing advisor to the UK Human Trafficking Centre and was also appointed as the UK representative on a Europol working group on cargo crime, helping produce their first strategic threat assessment in this area.
His other work stream saw him lead for the region on security related innovation and security related research and development. He worked with Universities and regional companies to ensure operational focused research was undertaken and was subsequently appointed by the European Commission as a proposal evaluator for the 7th Framework programme. He has undertaken this role on several occasions and also is appointed as a European projected reviewer on behalf of the Commission.
He has an extensive network of security and police contacts across the EU and globally and an excellent understanding of ongoing security innovation and research. He works several large EU funded projects in an advisory role and as a delivery partner and he is also a founding member of CENTRIC, a Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime based at Sheffield Hallam University.
Andrew is an experienced CEO, Chairman and Chartered Engineer with a proven track record in business development and operational management in numerous roles in the UK, Europe and Far East. He has experience working with both established multi-national corporations and start-up organisations in healthcare, communications technology and consultancy sectors.
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