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Police and Crime Panel confirm appointment of Nottinghamshire's new Chief Constable

Craig Guildford
The appointment of Nottinghamshire’s new Chief Constable Craig Guildford has today (Monday) been formally backed by the county’s Police and Crime Panel.

On Friday (December 9), the Panel conducted a confirmation hearing during which members reviewed the recommendations made by Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping to appoint Mr Guildford to the top job.

Panel members endorsed the PCC’s selection and Mr Guildford, who is currently Deputy Chief Constable of Gwent Police, will take up the post early in the New Year.

Mr Tipping said: “I’m delighted that the Panel has formally approved my recommendation to appoint Craig Guildford as the next Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire.  This followed a really searching interview process which resulted in a unanimous panel decision.

“Craig is an experienced leader with the drive and tenacity to steer Nottinghamshire Police to further success. The Force can look forward to his fresh vision, enthusiasm and energy to initiate positive changes across the force.

“He will take up post early in the New Year ahead of what inevitably promises to be another challenging period, financially and operationally. With strong management experience and proven results, I’m confident I’ve appointed the right leader to confront these difficulties and take full advantage of the innovations that exist to really make a difference. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Temporary Chief Constable Sue Fish for stepping into the breach and suspending her retirement to provide continuity while the search got underway for a new Chief Constable. Sue has been a fantastic support during this process and I very much appreciate and value her commitment.”

Craig Guildford, who is married with three grown up children, will be moving to Nottinghamshire with his wife now that his appointment has been confirmed.

“I come from a policing family and I’m looking forward to working with Nottinghamshire’s excellent officers and staff and leading Nottinghamshire Police through the challenges facing policing over the coming years,” he said.

The recruitment process, which commenced in August, attracted a number of high-calibre candidates.  Six candidates were shortlisted and the interview culminated in a gruelling selection programme running over several days.

Link to Police and Crime Panel decision



Craig Guildford joined Gwent Police in April 2014 as Deputy Chief Constable (DCC).

His policing career began when he joined Cheshire Constabulary in 1994 after completing a Geography degree at Derby University during which time he also worked as a volunteer Special Constable with the Cheshire force.  

After eighteen months service as a PC he went into the CID and worked in a number of pro-active crime units across the Constabulary.  In 2000 he was seconded to The National Crime Squad in Manchester where he worked in intelligence and targeted operations as a Detective Sergeant.

On returning to Cheshire Constabulary Craig gained a place on the High Potential Development Scheme, worked in various operational and crime roles in the four commands including force reviews, Superintendent Operations, Centralised Custody, PFI Programme Manager and BCU Superintendent Operations.  He successfully led negotiations to settle a PFI contract on behalf of the Authority and has led investigations into the criminality of an IPCC Senior Investigating Officer.  As Superintendent Citizen Focus he implemented customer service desks across the force which saw Cheshire rise from 43rd to 1st for overall satisfaction in under two years.

On his return from the National Crime Squad he progressed through the ranks in Cheshire Constabulary before being appointed as Assistant Chief Constable, Specialist Operations with West Yorkshire Police in October 2012.


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Posted on Monday 12th December 2016
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