As Chief Constable of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary for 7 years, Olivia was CEO of a highly accountable public service, which is always in the public eye, serving 2 million residents, balancing fighting crime with safeguarding the public, and leading 5000 people. Olivia's role has also been to build and optimise meaningful partnerships across the public, private and academic sectors. She is trusted within those partnerships to deliver results and be a team player, delivering what works to reduce crime and vulnerability at every level.
Having joined policing as a constable straight from Cambridge University, Olivia has worked in many fields of overt and covert policing. As one of the most senior officers in the UK, she has led across UK policing for all Local Policing matters of policy and practice, comprising the policing which people see & feel, and which is the gateway to all specialist operational services. She has led UK policing for children & young people, including youth justice, Police Chaplaincy, and been a member of Sentencing Council. Olivia has Chaired the statutory multi-agency Local Resilience Forum for major incident preparedness and response for over a decade.
Olivia chairs the Police Foundation committee for their annual Cumberland Lodge Conference and has been proud to Direct the flagship executive leadership programme across UK policing in 2022. Olivia was awarded the QPM 2016, is an alumnus of FutureVision public sector executive leadership 2021 and contributes to Windsor Leadership programmes.
Olivia chose to leave policing after 31 years in 2023, taking the opportunity for a breath by tutoring at the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University. She is a keen road and gravel cyclist, a moderate skier and loves to walk. At long last, she is learning how to cook.