The Independent Ethics Committee exists to promote the highest standards of ethical conduct within Cleveland Police.
The committee acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the force. Members provide a focus for education, a source of support and a measure of compliance with organisational values.
The Committee makes sure senior leaders are aligned with force values and the Code of Ethics by scrutinising, challenging and advising in areas such as:
- Police culture;
- Complex operational decision making;
- Themes of national significance;
- Strategic influence, and
- Development and management of resources and estate
Members believe the Independent Ethics Committee makes a key contribution to maintaining and improving trust and confidence in Cleveland Police.
In simple terms, professional ethics are not only about doing the right thing but doing things for the right reason.
The committee’s skills and experience assist in senior leaders’ decision making. They also improve the transparency of those decisions for the benefit of the communities, which Cleveland Police and PCC serve.
The Independent Ethics Committee is currently recruiting new members. To find out more go to our Volunteering with us Page.
Minutes of the Independent Ethics Committee
Independent Ethics Committee External Lay Members
Dave Smith B.Tech, M.Ed (Chair)
Dave worked in Children’s Services for more than 35 years, focussing on raising ttthe achievement of vulnerable groups. He has worked as a teacher, educational psychologist and Assistant Director of Education.
Dave has worked as an Advisor for the Department of Education and as a member of the National Children’s Improvement Board.
Richard Smith (Vice Chair)
Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has worked in legal practice ever since. In recent years, he has focussed on public sector work.
Since January 2012, his main role has been as Authority Solicitor and Deputy Monitoring Officer for the North Yorks Moors National Park Authority.
Craig L. Marshall
Craig worked as a teacher and administrator for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a member of the Middlesbrough Interfaith Network.
Khan was the youngest elected secretary for the main Mosque and Community Centre in Waterloo Road, Middlesbrough.
For more than 25 years, Khan was a presenter and producer of a bilingual current affairs programme for the Asian community on BBC Radio Tees.
Khan is the founding member of the Cleveland Interfaith Group, serving as its Chair and Secretary. He is secretary for Quranic Mission UK.
Stuart has taught across a range of pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes in accounting and finance.
Currently, he works for a number of leading organisations and as an examiner for professional bodies in accounting and banking. He is a non-executive director of several organisations.
Tresor works extensively with the public and voluntary sector. He is a former airline pilot and holds an Airline Transport Pilot Licence.
He has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and is able to speak 4 languages.
Georgina is Chief Officer of the Regional Refugee Forum North East. Previously, she was co-director of the annual L’Afriqe – a Newcastle African Music festival – for 7 years.
She has been a member of the Home Office’s Immigration Research Group and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Migration and Inclusion Committee.
Before moving to the region, Georgina worked on current affairs and documentary programmes for the BBC and Channel 4.
She studied Social Anthropology at Cambridge University and gained a Masters from Durham University.