The Founders
Paul West - Director of Policing Development

Paul retired as Chief Constable of West Mercia Police at the end of July 2011 after 8 years in post and a total of 32 years’ service as a police officer.  He was previously an Assistant Chief Constable and also the Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police between 1998 and 2003.  Prior to joining Thames Valley Police he served for 19 years in Durham Constabulary. 

At a national level, Paul led for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on Professional Standards issues (2005-11) and on the Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders (2008-11).  Additionally, from 2009-11 he was the national chair of the Chief Police Officers’ Staff Association.

As the policing development director of Policing First, Paul practices his specialist areas of expertise  in international policing and police misconduct, counter corruption and the investigation of complaints against the police.

Rose Goundry - Director of Community Support

Rose originally qualified as a State Registered Nurse in Durham in 1981 and subsequently practised nursing in South Africa. She lived in South Africa and Botswana for a total of nine years. After returning to England in 1992, she worked with adults with learning disabilities in Durham and then in a special needs school in Oxfordshire, where she specialised in nursery education.    

Rose has been an active fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust for almost 20 years and has undertaken a number of voluntary roles for various community organisations in Worcestershire throughout the last nine years.

As Policing First's Director of Community Support, she is responsible for identifying and maintaining good relationships with the charities we support,  both UK-based and international, and is always on the look-out for other inspirational projects that would benefit from our involvement. 

Our Associates

We are able to assemble expert teams to address all of our clients' needs through drawing on our wide network of Policing First Associates. 

In line with our overall mission, all of our Associates enthusiastically embrace our unique business model and gift 10% of any fee they receive back to the company for use in providing much needed financial support to carefully selected community-based projects and charities.


Our Associates include former chief constables, recently retired senior detectives and operational commanders, experienced former police authority members and officers, communications, ICT and police finance specialists and other colleagues with operational, specialist and senior management  experience gained in policing and the wider criminal justice system. They are all at the top of their game - enthusiastic, committed, and with vast knowledge of all aspects of police strategy, governance and operations.


Our Associates have served in both urban and rural settings and their operational knowledge incorporates local, national and international policing issues including:

counter terrorism, serious and organized crime, drugs, violent crime and gangs, vulnerable victims, public protection, homicide investigation, roads policing, fraud and cybercrime, police use of firearms, neighbourhood policing and youth engagement.