Who we are
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary
Tom Winsor is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary. He joined HMIC in October 2012.
Mr Winsor joins HMIC from the law firm White & Case where he has been a partner since July 2004. Before that he spent five years as the UK’s Rail Regulator and International Rail Regulator.
As Rail Regulator, Mr Winsor was a member of the group of nine economic regulators of the UK (railways, energy, water, broadcasting, OFT, postal services, London Underground, energy (Northern Ireland) and water (Scotland)) which deals with issues of common interest and concern across the regulated sectors.
He was also the senior member of the Convention of European rail regulatory authorities, chaired by the European Commission. The Convention focuses on the establishment and operation of regulatory authorities for railways in the European Union, issues of development of efficient and economical market structures for railways and opportunities for competitive development and co-operation.
Before his appointment as UK Rail Regulator, Mr Winsor was one of the UK’s leading rail lawyers at a prominent City of London firm.
On 01 October 2010, he was appointed by the Home Secretary to carry out a review of the remuneration and conditions of service of police officers and staff in England and Wales.
Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary
Roger Baker QPM
Mr Baker was Chief Constable of Essex Police from July 2005 to July 2009. Before that, he was Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police for two years, with responsibility for performance, crime and operations, audit, review and inspection. From 2001 to 2003, Mr Baker was Assistant Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, with responsibility for territorial policing, crime and operations.
Mr Baker is Her Majesty’s Inspector for the Northern Region and deals with the following forces:
- Greater Manchester
- North Yorkshire
- South Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire.
Ms Billingham was director of community safety and sustainability at the Audit Commission from February 2004. Before this, she worked in the Cabinet Office for four years, initially as a development manager in the Regulatory Impact Unit, then a deputy director in the Office of Public Services.
Ms Billingham is Her Majesty’s Inspector for the Eastern Region and deals with the following forces:
- Thames Valley.
Drusilla Sharpling CBE
Since 2002, Ms Sharpling was a Chief Crown Prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in London. It was her second spell at the CPS, following 12 years of service from 1987. In that spell, Ms Sharpling worked in various roles, including head of casework services and crown prosecutor. From 1999 to 2002, she was an associate at Pennington’s, a City law firm.
Ms Sharpling is Her Majesty’s Inspector for the Wales and Western Region and deals with the following forces:
- Avon and Somerset
- Devon and Cornwall
- North Wales
- South Wales
- West Mercia
- West Midlands
Stephen Otter QPM
Stephen Otter was Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police between January 2007 and March 2012. Before that he was Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable with Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
Mr Otter has also previously served with Thames Valley Police, the Royal Hong Kong Police and then the Metropolitan Police Service, where he served in ranks from Constable to Commander.
Mr Otter is Her Majesty’s Inspector for the National Team and deals with the following forces:
- Metropolitan Police Service
- City of London Police
- British Transport Police
- Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)
- HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
- Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
- Civil Nuclear Constabulary
- Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency
- Isle of Man
- Other forces by invitation.