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Meet the Director of Change - Strategic Alliance (Beds/Cambs/Herts)...

Alison Roome-Gifford


Alison ROOME-GIFFORDAlison joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in 1983 and has held a wide variety of leadership positions across uniformed operations, criminal investigation and child protection teams.


Alison was promoted to Superintendent in 1998 and was Head of Corporate Development at Police Headquarters for two years dealing with strategic planning, performance and quality issues before becoming Divisional Commander at St Albans in 1999. Alison held this post until June 2001 when she was appointed Chief Superintendent and Area Commander for Central area. During this time she was involved as a nationally trained police negotiator in the Stansted hijacking and as a Silver Commander at the Potters Bar Train Crash.


Alison was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in August 2011, where she was responsible for Territorial Policing, Criminal Justice and Crime Reduction and Community Safety as well as work streams to assist the force in achieving performance targets and ensuring all force services meets public needs and expectations.


Alison was promoted to Temporary Deputy Chief Constable from January 2014 where she was responsible for the Hertfordshire Corporate Services portfolio.  This has now gone back to DCC Andy Adams and from January 2015 Alison will be the Director of Change for  the 3 Force Alliance (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire) introducing a change programme for greater collaboration in Operational and Organisation Support.


Alongside her other functions Alison has been responsible for commanding many high profile events such as the Sonisphere Festival, GM Crops at Rothamsted and the Bilderberg Conference. As the Leadership Champion within the Constabulary she is committed to developing strong leaders and promoting Employee Engagement. Alison is also the Executive lead for Equalities, Ethics and Integrity and Corporate Health.


Alison also has National responsibility for the National Policing Bail Management portfolio under the Criminal Justice Business Area.


Alison is a graduate of Nottingham University and was awarded the Queens Policing Medal in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list. Alison lives in North Hertfordshire with her husband, son and daughter.