Director of HR & Organisational Development

This is a rare opportunity for someone who shares our values and ambition to embrace an exciting and varied senior leadership role at the very heart of one of the most critically important and impactful of public services.



Introduction from Chief Officer People and OD – Louise Hutchison

Dear Applicant

Firstly, may I take this opportunity to thank you for showing an interest in becoming the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Avon and Somerset Police and bringing your senior HR and OD expertise to our organisation.

We are innovative and progressive, and we are looking for a leader who is prepared to join us in confronting the challenges facing policing head on, with courage, empathy, humility and integrity.

You will be joining a dedicated, high-performing organisation recognised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services as outstanding in terms of our resource management, future planning and efficiency. You will work as part of a supportive and collaborative organisational Senior Leadership Team made up of other Directors and operational Chief Superintendent colleagues.

Leading our teams of dedicated and professional staff, helping and enabling them to deliver what is a very challenging and often stressful vital public service is a hugely rewarding position. We are keen to build on strong foundations to further strengthen the wellbeing and engagement of our staff, increase the diversity of our workforce and help build confidence in British Policing generally, and for the people living, working or visiting the Avon and Somerset Police area. Working closely with me and the wider leadership team, you will have the opportunity to influence our organisation for the greater good of policing and public confidence in it.

In applying to become a member of our Senior Leadership Team, you will be part of an organisation where we are values driven, we are caring, courageous, inclusive and we are dedicated to learning.

This is an exciting time to join the Avon and Somerset Police family. As the Director of HR and OD your role is critical in as we strive to achieve our vision of ‘Outstanding Policing for Everyone.

We provide policing to a diverse community of over 1.6 million people. Our mission is to protect, serve and respect. Our vision is to deliver outstanding policing for everyone. We can only achieve this if we understand, embrace and value differences within our communities and our workforce.

Our leaders make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of the public that we serve. We see individuality as a strength and empower our people to make the right decision for the public that we serve. To be clear, this is a role in which you will play an essential part in improving the safety of all our communities across the region. If you have the People and HR skills, expertise and passion needed to successfully drive change, I would very much welcome your application.

Louise Hutchinson