Chief Constable Andy Marsh
Andy Marsh QPM has served as Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police since February 2016 – the force he first joined as a new recruit in 1987.
Andy developed his early leadership skills working in Bath, Bristol and Somerset in various operational and detective roles. As a Detective Sergeant, he helped re-shape the force’s approach to the way the major crime was investigated.
As a Chief Superintendent, he served as Commander for South Bristol and latterly Somerset East between 2001 and 2006, before moving to Wiltshire as Assistant Chief Constable.
- Returning to Avon and Somerset as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2009, Andy was responsible for creating the major crime and specialist operations service which led to the implementation of Brunel – now a tri-force major crime investigation collaboration with Wiltshire and Gloucestershire – and Zephyr – now a regional organised crime unit working across all five forces in the south-west.
- Between 2013 and 2016 he served both as Deputy Chief Constable and Chief Constable at Hampshire Police. He led a large scale transformation programme which secured £55m of savings, delivering top quartile performance – leading the force to be recognised as one of the best value for money nationally.
- In February 2016 Andy returned to Avon and Somerset as Chief Constable and has overseen the force’s progression from requiring improvement in PEEL assessments to good or outstanding in all areas, most notably in vulnerability.
- He’s led the development of an internationally acclaimed approach to data using advanced predictive analytics and visual graphics to prioritise and manage demand and has spearheaded a digital mobilisation programme equipping officers and staff with the latest technology they need to do their job.
- He worked alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner to issue The Tipping Point report in 2017- a detailed analysis of demand, finance and workforce wellbeing which helped change the national debate on police funding.
- In 2018, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM).
Throughout his career, Andy Marsh has been determined to create an environment at work where officers, police staff and volunteers can flourish. Fairness, equity, openness and inclusivity underpin his approach to leadership. These are critical to building trust within communities, a key challenge for policing at a time when greater transparency and accountability are rightly being demanded by the public against a backdrop of increasing demand, crime complexity and vulnerability.
On a national level, Andy was appointed as the National Police Chief’s Council’s (NPCC) policing lead for Body Worn Video in 2014.
He’s led a change to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act to allow cameras to be used for interviews and is developing a business case with the Home Office to allow them to be used for taking witness statements.
He is also the NPCC’S lead for international co-ordination, a role he has held since 2015, and was responsible for launching the joint international policing hub.
Andy is married with two daughters and enjoys fly fishing, running and rowing. His rowing talents earned him a bronze medal from the World Fire and Police Games in 2013.
Earlier this year he completed a 15,000ft parachute jump to raise money for the national UK Police Memorial.