The Touchstone Leadership Masterclass offers an opportunity for our staff and other charity/public sector colleagues to hear an inspirational person talk about their leadership journey, any barriers or problems they have faced and any tips for a successful life they might want to share. In the past we have had: Iby Knill, a Holocaust survivor; Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council’s Chief Executive; Ruth Hunt, Stonewall CEO; and some of our staff who have been former service users.
Touchstone’s 3rd Leadership Masterclass of the year welcomes Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 from 12 noon to 2pm.
The Enterprise Foundation – Second Floor, Symons House Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8DD
You can book online at Eventbrite
Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins has been a police officer for 28 years, the majority of which has been in uniformed operational roles.
She joined West Yorkshire Police as Deputy Chief Constable in January 2014 from Derbyshire Constabulary with responsibility for Corporate Services, Professional Standards and Force Performance. She is also a member of the National Workforce Development working group as the ACPO chief moderator for police promotion examination processes.
Dee is from Lymm in Cheshire and attended school and university in Manchester, where she gained a BSc Jt Hons in Metallurgy and Mechanical Engineering.
Her policing career started in 1987 with Cleveland Police, where she quickly specialised in roads policing and became their first female armed response officer. Working her way up through the ranks to Superintendent, Dee worked as an operational Sergeant, Inspector and Operations Manager and also gained experience in training, as a Chief Constable’s staff officer and in Professional Standards. She was also a Police Federation representative as an Inspector and in 2000 was seconded overseas to Germany where she worked at EXPO 2000 in Hannover.
In August 2005, Dee joined Cumbria Constabulary as Commander of their South Basic Command Unit, leading on policing in Barrow and Kendal, as well as the Lake DistrictNational Park areas of Windermere, Ambleside and Coniston. She was also the Force’s gender champion, led on internal staff support matters and was the Branch Secretary of Cumbria Superintendents’ Association.
Dee joined Derbyshire Police in April 2007 as Assistant Chief Constable Support and held the portfolio for human resources, confidence and equality, and contact management.
In January 2010, she was seconded to the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) as a Syndicate Director for the 2010 Strategic Command Course, returning to Derbyshire Constabulary as ACC Operational Support. This portfolio included operational support, contact management, criminal justice, Special Constables and volunteers. Dee also led on firearms, roads policing and air support matters regionally. Nationally she led on age issues and was a member of the National Armed Policing Working Group.
In 2013, Dee was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for her contribution towards British Policing as well as the Annual Award for Mentoring by the British Association of Women in Policing (BAWP) and International Association of Women in Policing (IAWP). In 2015, Dee was honoured to be invited to become the President of BAWP and continues to be committed to further development of the role of women in policing.
She is a keen fitness enthusiast which includes skiing, walking and regular training at the gym.