I was elected as your first Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon in November 2012.
I have wide experience of policing and the criminal justice system.
I was a lead member on the old Wiltshire Police Authority and for 20 years I served as a magistrate in Swindon and was a senior chairman in the adult court. I was a long-serving member of the policy committee and led several local consultations on sentencing guidelines.
My close involvement with two charities working to help the homeless in Swindon, and my work in the courts, has given me insights into drug and alcohol issues and the need to tackle the cycle of re-offending.
My family moved from Aberdeenshire and settled in Swindon in 1895 and I am in the third generation of Macphersons to have been brought up in the town.
I was born in 1953 and educated at St Hugh's School, near Faringdon in Oxfordshire and Dauntsey's School at West Lavington in Wiltshire.
After leaving school I worked for Hoover in West London as a management trainee and obtained a degree in business studies.
I joined Turquand Barton Mayhew, later to become part of Ernst & Young, as an articled clerk and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1980.
In 1986 I established my own accountancy business in Swindon. In addition to my voluntary work as a magistrate, I also served as a borough councillor, following in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. I established and chaired the first performance review committee of the council (now known as the scrutiny committee).
I am a governor of Dauntsey’s School and a former trustee of the Wiltshire and Swindon Community Foundation.
I enjoy singing (tenor), opera, gardening and painting with water colours.
I am married to Sara Jane and live near Swindon. We have two grown-up children, James and Charlotte, and two boxer dogs, Tilly and Lola.
In my 2015 - 2017 Police and Crime Plan I reduced my priorities from the original six to four which are designed to keep Wiltshire And Swindon among the safest placest in the country.
The priorities involve working with communities and partners to:
- Prevent crime and anti-social behaviour
- Protect the most vulnerable in society
- Put victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do
- Secure high quality, efficient and trusted services
I have an important role in representing the people of Wiltshire and Swindon to ensure that your policing needs are met.
As Commissioner I am the voice of local people in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour. I am also someone you can hold to account to deliver on my election promises.
My role involves commissioning a wide range of services: crime prevention, victim support, protection of vulnerable people, offender interventions, drug and alcohol programmes.
It is my responsibility to ensure that there is an effective and efficient police force. This involves:
Setting the strategic direction and accountability for policing
- Being accountable to the electorate
- Setting strategic policing priorities
- Holding Wiltshire Police to account through its Chief Constable
- Consulting and involving the public
Working with partners to prevent and tackle crime and re-offending
- Ensuring that the police respond effectively to public concerns and threats to public safety
- Promoting and enabling joined up working on community safety and criminal justice
- Increasing public confidence in how crime is cut and policing delivered
Being the voice of the public, including listening to the vulnerable and victims
- Ensuring that public priorities are acted upon, victims are consulted and that the most vulnerable individuals are not overlooked
- Complying with the General Equality Duty under the Equality Act
Contributing to resourcing of policing response to regional and national threats
- Ensuring an effective policing contribution, alongside other partners, to national and international arrangements to protect the public from cross-boundary threats in line with the national strategic policing requirement
Ensuring value for money
- Taking responsibility for setting the budget, including the police precept component of council tax, and the distribution of policing grants from central government
- Ensuring that value for money is attained
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon