Police Commissioner appoints interim Chief Executive

Merseyside / July 27

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has appointed an interim Chief Executive.

Jane Kennedy has today announced that Clive Howarth, an experienced former Chief Superintendent with Merseyside Police, will join her office on a temporary basis following the news that Dr. Jo Liddy will be leaving her team to join Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HRMC) as Deputy Director for Customer Service Delivery.

Liverpool-born Clive was previously Area Commander for South Liverpool, Head of Force Training and a strategic project manager for Merseyside Police. He retired from the Force in July 2015.

Jane said: “I’m grateful to Clive for agreeing to take up the position of Chief Executive on an interim basis. I am looking forward to working with him over the coming months while I undertake the recruitment process to appoint someone permanently to the role.

“Clive is an extremely experienced public servant who has already dedicated nearly 30 years to serving the people of Merseyside. He is very knowledgeable about the policing and criminal justice landscape in the region, has a wealth of experience at leading change and collaborating with partners, and understands the challenges facing our police service going forward.

“I have no doubt he will do a fantastic job leading my office over the months ahead.

“I would also like to thank Jo Liddy whose leadership of my office during my first term has been exemplary. She has calmly steered the team through a period of new challenges and great change, developing strong relationships both internally within the police service and externally with a host of community safety partners. I wish Jo every success in the future as she joins HMRC.”

Following the news that Jo would be leaving her team, the Commissioner took soundings from a number of key partners regarding potential candidates for the interim role. After identifying three potential candidates, informal discussions were held and Clive was chosen as the Commissioner’s preferred candidate for the temporary vacancy.

He was then interviewed by the Commissioner, her Deputy, Cllr Sue Murphy, and the Chair of the Commissioner’s oversight board, the Police and Crime Panel, Cllr Christine O’Hare.

In order for a comprehensive handover to take place, Clive will take up the position immediately and take over from Jo officially on August 8th.

Clive said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Commissioner’s team to work with her to serve the people of Merseyside.

“I was born and raised in Liverpool and I have spent the vast majority of my career working to prevent crime and keep our communities safe. I’m so pleased that I now have the opportunity to continue this work in the Commissioner’s office, helping her to implement her strategic vision for our police service, ensuring her priorities are delivered and her office is providing the best possible service to her and to the public.”

As Interim Chief Executive, Clive will also act as Monitoring Officer, with responsibility for the legal decisions of the Commissioner.

Clive, who studied at the University of Sheffield and Liverpool Hope University, initially worked as a Production Engineer at Lucas Aerospace before joining Merseyside Police in October 1986, working his way up from Constable to Chief Superintendent with responsibility for delivering policing for the entire South Liverpool area.

Recruitment of a permanent Chief Executive will commence in September.

Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 the PCC must have a Chief Executive and a Chief Financial Officer. These are statutory roles within her office, with the Chief Executive also acting as the Monitoring Officer.   

Find out more about Jane's team here.

Image: The PCC  (left) with Clive Howarth and Deputy PCC, Cllr Sue Murphy (right)