Dr Timothy Brain OBE QPM was Chief Constable of Gloucestershire from 2001 until his retirement in January 2010, having previously served in Avon and Somerset, Hampshire and the West Midlands. He was also a leading member of the Chief Constables’ Council and led several high profile operations, notably Gloucestershire’s response to the extensive flooding of 2007.
He graduated with first class honours in history from Aberystwyth University in 1975 and later gained his doctorate also in history. He frequently lectures on historical and police related subjects, and he is the author of two major works on policing, A History of Policing in England and Wales from 1974 (2010) and A Future for Policing (2013), both published by Oxford University Press.
Timothy is a Visiting Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, holds honorary fellowships at Cardiff and Aberystwyth universities, was awarded an honorary LLD by the University of Gloucestershire, is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is also Treasurer of Aberystwyth University and Deputy Chairman of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. He has been Chairman of Gloucester Three Choirs Festival since 2011 and of the Three Choirs association since 2015.
Timothy was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2002 and the OBE in 2008.
A copy of the presentation he gave to the 'A Divided Society? Challenges for Policing' conference at Cumberland Lodge, on 'Policing Social Tensions: The Long View', can be downloaded as a pdf above.