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BCU commanders

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Please provide a table of all BCU commanders and how many different individuals have been in each post since May 2016.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The table below shows the appointment of the first Commander in each BCU and any changes that have subsequently taken place up to March 2020.

Ordinarily the expectation is that BCU Commander postings are for a period of 2-years, though this is not always possible given individual circumstances and operational needs.

Note BCU commanders were typically appointed several months before the formal BCU launch date. This was to allow the leadership to become established and was a key point of learning from the original BCU pathfinders.

Boroughs

BCU

BCU Launch date

BCU Commander/s

Camden

Islington

Central North Command Unit

Jan 17

Catherine Roper, Jan 17 – January 18

[Catherine was previously Islington Borough Commander, a post she held since March 2015]

Nick Davies (interim)

Iain Raphael, April 18 – December 18

Raj Kohli, December 18 – present

Havering

Redbridge

Barking and Dagenham

East Area Command Unit

Jan 17

Jason Gwillim, Jan 17 – May 2019

[Jason was previously Havering Borough Commander, a post he held from Jan 2013]

Steve Clayman, May 2019 – present

Richmond

Kingston

Merton

Wandsworth

South West Command Unit

June 18

Sally Benatar

[Sally was previously Kingston Borough Commander, from Nov 17]

Ealing

Hillingdon

Hounslow

West Area Command Unit

June 18

Paul Martin, June 18 – Nov 19

[Paul was previously Ealing Borough Commander, a post he held from 2015]

Pete Gardner, Nov 19 - present

Waltham Forest

Newham

North East Command Unit

Oct 18

Richard Tucker

[Richard was previously Waltham Forest Borough Commander, a post he held since 2015]

Hackney

Tower Hamlets

Central East Command Unit

Oct 18

Sue Williams, Oct 18 – Aug 19

[Sue was previously Tower Hamlets Borough Commander, a post she held since 2015]

Marcus Barnett, Aug – present

Harrow

Brent

Barnet

North West Command Unit

Nov 18

Simon Rose, Nov 18 – March 19

[Simon was previously Barnet Borough Commander, a post he held since 2016]

Sara Leach, March 19 – present

[Supt Louis Smith is providing maternity cover for Sara Leach as of Jan 2020]

Lewisham

Greenwich

Bexley

South East Command Unit

Nov 18

Simon Dobinson

[Simon was previously Greenwich Borough Commander, a post he held since 2016]

Haringey

Enfield

North Area Command Unit

Jan 19

Helen Millichap, Jan 19 – April 19

[Helen was previously Haringey Borough Commander, a post she held from 2016]

Treena Fleming, April 19 – present

Lambeth

Southwark

Central South Command Unit

Jan 19

Simon Messinger, Jan 19 – Feb 2020

[Simon was previously Southwark Borough Commander, a post he held since 2016]

Colin Wingrove, Feb 2020 – present

Kensington & Chelsea

Westminster

Hammersmith & Fulham

Central West Command Unit

Feb 19

Rob JonesJan 18 – April 19

Helen Harper April 19 – present

Bromley

Croydon

Sutton

South Area Command Unit

Feb 19

Jeff Boothe, Croydon Borough Commander since 2016, acted as BCU commander for much of the preparation period in 2018.

Dave Stringer, Nov 18 – present