I grew up the eldest of four children on a family farm near Presteigne, in Mid-Wales. I studied Modern History and Economics at Oxford University before spending a year in Russia. After joining the British Army, I trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served for five years as an Army Officer in The Rifles.
I was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys in December 2012. During my term as PCC I lived in Llandeilo with my wife, Sophia, and our Border Terrier puppy, Enid.
I am a passionate advocate for localism and the need for effective and rigorous scrutiny of policing. I continue to champion better policing and justice to improve support for victims and rehabilitate offenders.
I speak Russian, badly, and d’win dysgu cymraeg (even worse!) and paint, a little better. I enjoy history, art, literature and poetry.
We have since moved back to London and become parents to a gorgeous little boy.
Police and Crime Commissioners
Your Police and Crime Commissioner gives you a say in how the police cut crime in your area.
If you have a concern about the police or crime in your area you can get in touch. You should still report crime to the police on 999 or 101.
Commissioners are the direct link between local people and their police. They set priorities for the police, allocate the policing budget and set the police precept (the council tax contribution to policing). They hire and, if necessary, fire the Chief Constable.
Commissioners are responsible for buying services from government, private and third sector organisations. You can read my plan for policing and crime prevention in Dyfed Powys here.
Dyfed-Powys is the largest police force area in England and Wales. It is also the most sparsely populated.
The Dyfed-Powys police area covers Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys with almost half a million people.
The force is responsible for policing the rural communities of Mid-Wales and the urban centres of of the south, as well as an extensive road network and coastline.
The police force employs 1,171 officers and additional civilian staff, with headquarters in Carmarthen. Find out more here.