Meet the team

Meet Julia’s team

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for North Yorkshire is one of the country’s most effective.

Unusually, Julia’s chief executive officer (CEO) also supports North Yorkshire Police’s core functions, saving taxpayers’ money and ensuring that team members best support her in her role.

Meanwhile, Julia’s chief financial officer (CFO) works part-time, for maximum savings and is also CFO and deputy CEO for the Cleveland PCC, making them uniquely qualified for the role.

OPCC staff introductions 

Will Naylor – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

As Deputy PCC, Will can deputise for the Commissioner as and when appropriate, and he will also support the Commissioner by:

  • Strengthening her ability to ‘hold the Chief Constable to account’ with a renewed focus on monitoring performance of the service
  • Delivering her manifesto, in particular reforming the police complaints system in line with the opportunities set out in the new policing and crime bill and overseeing improvements to non-emergency contact with the police (the ‘101’ contact system)
  • Developing and overseeing the delivery of the new Police and Crime Plan (the Commissioner issues the plan)
  • Ensuring North Yorkshire has a strong voice in Westminster, for example, fighting for fair funding
  • Developing and running campaigns to support the public, for example the Commissioner’s campaign for anonymity for victims of ‘revenge porn’

Find out more about Will’s role

Joanna Carter – Chief Executive Officer

Born and educated in the West Midlands, Joanna qualified as an accountant before working in a number of organisations in further education, the Probation Service, NHS and local authorities.

Moving to East Anglia she was a director of support functions for Norfolk Constabulary before relocating to North Yorkshire in 2005 as a police staff chief officer with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

Since then, Joanna has held a number of roles, including police authority treasurer and CFO. She has led delivery of major functions and projects and been the national lead for policing on a number of exercises.

Fraser Sampson – Acting Chief Executive Officer

Fraser acts in Joanna Carter’s absence. He performs the CEO’s duties under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and is also the PCC’s monitoring officer.  

Michael Porter – Chief Finance Officer

Michael fulfils the CFO role on a part-time basis, being also Cleveland PCC’s CFO and deputy CEO. 

Thomas Thorp – Acting Chief of Staff

Tom runs the OPCC, which is based in Harrogate. He is responsible for managing Julia’s staff day-to-day and providing you with a top-notch service.

He also gives the Commissioner and Deputy, specific project support and advice and researches key policy areas. Liaising with national bodies and the government, Tom ensures that Julia is fully informed and able to influence national policy as appropriate.

Eve Mortimer – Personal Assistant to the Police and Crime Commissioner

Being Julia’s Personal Assistant, Eve organises the very busy diary of the Commissioner. Whilst this includes organising and facilitating meetings, she also supports Julia by ensuring all the information she needs is easily available and to hand.  Eve’s role includes involvement with the Independent Out of Court Disposals Panel, supporting the governance structure and often being the first point of contact for partners and stakeholders.

Ian Fithian-Franks  – Admin and Volunteer Officer

The most important part of Ian’ job is as scheme administrator for the Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) – a volunteer group that checks on the health and well being of detainees in custody.  Here, he assists the panel co-ordinators in their role, as well as training ICVs and ensuring that each volunteer is supported in their role. Crucially, he is the link between ICVs and the various custody inspectors across the county.

Katie Peeke-Vout – Policy and Research Officer

Katie ensures that the PCC is kept up to date on national and regional policing issues, as well as best practice across England and Wales.  Some projects will be general and short-term research, while others can require an in-depth investigation into specific North Yorkshire issues.

This helps Julia keep North Yorkshire Police at the forefront of policing, as well making sure that she can continue to influence the direction of future policing at a national level.

Simon Jones – Digital Engagement Officer

Simon manages the OPCC’s digital engagement, tasked with growing our online audience, widening e-communications with the public and especially improving dialogue with hard-to-reach groups who, whilst having online access, may still be isolated for a number of reasons.

Our main online channel is this website, which is complimented by TwitterFacebook and YouTube to target specific audiences and signpost them here for full details.

Holly Earnshaw – Caseworker to the Police and Crime Commissioner

Holly is the first point of contact for anyone in North Yorkshire who has a query, complaint or comment about policing. She organises and attends all the PCC’s surgeries, so anyone can meet her to discuss their issue in person.

Police complaints can be a complex process, so Holly can guide you through the system and remains on hand to advise and support at any point. She regularly liaises with North Yorkshire Police officers and staff to ensure that the right information is given to every member of the public.

Additional information

OPCC team makeup

  • Of the ten staff currently in post, four are women, six are men.
  • None are from an ethnic minority or have a registered disability.

OPCC location

Our office is at 12 Granby Rd, Harrogate HG1 4ST, which we share with the Commissioning and Partnership team.

Our lease on the premises runs for five years – from 16 July 2013 to 15 July 2018.