British Association for Women in Policing 

BAWP 7th Annual Awards

BAWP 7th Annual awards took place on the 11th June 2013 at the Mecure Holland House Hotel. Click on award category to find out more about each award winners:

BAWP would like to give a special thanks South Wales Police for all their support in hosting 2013 awards luncheon and networking event. Finally, we would like to thank our speakers and our sponsors for making the luncheon memorable.

Special Recognition

Angela Wilson



...‘Exceptional Leader, with vision enthusiasm and confidence to make things better …

Angela Wilson started out on her career with Thames Valley Police, becoming their first female DI. She left on promotion to Superintendent to join Tayside Police in 2002. 


Angela was the founding Chair of the Scottish Women’s Development Forum.


If it were not for Angela’s drive, determination, bravery, passion and commitment then the Scottish Women’s Development Forum would not have been established at all and it certainly would not be so well thought of and have accomplished all the outstanding achievements it has over the past ten years.


In addition to her exceptional work for women in the service, Angela is also an accredited Gold Firearms and Gold Public Order Commander and Assessor. She has extensive experience in commanding major sporting events; undercover operations; being a senior investigating officer for serious crime; and managing Special Branch dealing with Counter Terrorism, for which she received joint training with MI5.  She is currently studying for a PhD.


Angela has achieved this whilst maintaining her family life and has two beautiful daughters aged 13 and 15.




Special Recognition -  Highly Commended

Zaheer Ahmad

Zaheer Ahmad MBE of the British Transport Police is Highly Commended in this ‘Special Recognition’ category for being a champion for women as part of his role as the President for the National Association of Muslim Police.



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 PC Sarah Feeley

(Sarah was unable to attend, the award was collected on her behalf)

'The very fact she stepped in and put her own life at risk, I'm just humbled by the bravery shown by my officers'. 


PC Sarah Feely has 9 years’ service and is currently a 24/7 response officer in North Belfast. Her nomination included 3 examples of her bravery, one of her examples of her bravery:


In 2012 Sarah together with colleague, was making an arrest for excess alcohol when she was approached by a distressed man who reported that a Rottweiler dog was running wild and had already attacked his dogs. As the Rottweiler approached them Sarah put herself between it and the man whilst she called for urgent assistance from her colleagues.


Completely unrelated, a neighbour opened the door of a nearby house and called police to help him as his friend was collapsed unconscious in the hallway of the house.  Before anyone could act, the Rottweiler ran into the house and attempted to attack the defenceless male. Sarah and her colleague ran inside and attempted to remove the dog from the house by Sarah bravely grabbing the dog by its neck as it growled and snapped indiscriminately.  However, it grabbed hold of her colleague and inflicted serious bite injuries to her hands. Sarah drew her firearm but realised it would be too dangerous to use it in the confined hall area, so continued to physically defend herself and colleague until the arrival of an Armed Response Unit, who had to Taser the dog to bring it under control.




Emma Heaton

'A shining example of the calibre of women who work daily alongside their male colleagues in Tactical Support Group’

You would normally expect an award for Bravery to be given in recognition of one specific act, but Emma’s award recognises an individual who has faced numerous incidents of serious disorder over her ten years service whilst protecting the community she serves.  Emma is one of very few people who always go the extra mile.  During numerous incidents of violent disorder, despite receiving injuries herself and on one occasion actually being knocked unconscious, she has managed to pick herself up and rejoin colleagues on the frontline until the job is done.  She is the colleague you want to have at your side when you find yourselves in trouble.


One incident that particularly stands out to me is the night in December last year when her Tactical Support Group faced a violent mob attacking the Alliance Party Constituency Office during a protest against raising the Union Flag above Belfast City Hall.  A serious fire broke out and Emma took it upon herself to fight it with a fire extinguisher, managing to subdue the blaze sufficiently for a family to be safely evacuated and for the building to be saved.  Without her heroic actions the outcome would have been very different.




Community Service


Karen Baxter



‘Karen's initiative, dedication and enthusiasm’



DCI Karen Baxter has 21 years’ service and has spent most of her career in investigations. In 2011, following a review of homicides, it was realised that spontaneous street assault was a causal factor in 34% of all incidents.  Further analysis showed that young men between the ages of 18 and 25 years from the most socially deprived areas were most likely to be involved both as offender and victim.  DCI Baxter developed a campaign to address these casual assault based homicides to try and have a positive effect in reducing the harm caused.


She devoted huge amounts of energy into developing the 'One Punch' campaign to inform, educate and deter those who may become involved in such events.  Her research identified the military community included many young men recently returned from Afghanistan, suffering from trauma and at high risk of being both victims and perpetrators of violence.  So she developed an advertising campaign with the British Forces Broadcasting Service followed by presentations to all returning troops on how not to get involved in crime. 


The campaign was expanded to other 'at risk' groups including university students; the main male sports of rugby, football and gaelic football. As well as utilise Facebook which was the first use of the social media by PSNI.   Detectives are now reaching the previous hard to reach communities and the campaign is as vibrant now as when it commenced.  It shows prevention is as relevant as detection.




Community Service -  Highly Commended

Natasha Foster


Police Staff Achievement

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Michelle David

'...Exemplary staff member whose commitment and dedication to the Rhondda community is second to none’

Michelle has 16 years’ service and is currently working in the Rhonda sector.  Her nomination includes much evidence of her community work, particularly with 'hard to reach' communities using her excellent problem solving skills.  These include disabled people working at the local Remploy factory, a hard of hearing club, assisting with Neighbourhood Watch meetings and crime prevention road shows.


One example highlights her all round abilities.  When in 2011 a PCSO colleague established the Tonyrefail Amateur Boxing Club in partnership with the Youth Offending Service, Michele readily took on the secretary's role for 6 months.  She caused the club to be nominated for the Rhonda Community Sports award last year, where they were runners up.

Indeed she makes a habit of nominating colleagues and teams for awards. Without Michelle making time in her busy role to compile these nominations, many of these successful initiatives would not have received the credit they deserved.  More importantly the public would have been unaware of all the hard work going on to reduce anti-social behaviour in their community.  Somehow she also finds time to fund raise for local charities by taking part in sponsored car washes and walks. 



Police Staff Achievement award - Highly Commended

Lesley Bain



Excellence in Performance 

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Morag O'Kane 

‘..was extremely capable of articulating in her view point, she displayed a professional empathy to victims and their families...’

‘…her input which was of a precision and clarity that I could not emulate’

Morag has been a police officer for ten years in the PSNI.  During her service Morag has played her part in both rural and response policing before being posted to the Domestic Abuse Unit where she has been able to put her excellent qualities to best use.

In her role, Morag actively supports victims, ensuring that the risk to both themselves and their children is managed.  For example, one heavily pregnant victim was assaulted by her partner and Morag supported her to bring him to court.  Whilst on bail he assaulted his victim again and Morag came in off duty to manage the investigation and ensure that the victim remained engaged with the police.  The offender subsequently received 18 months imprisonment as a direct result of Morag’s dedication to this case.

She has established excellent working relationships with all of her statutory and voluntary partners and engages regularly with them. It is her relationship and personal rapport with these agencies that enables her to offer victims the best possible protection.

Excellence in Performance - Highly Commended

Jane Howle


Police Constable Jane Howle of Staffordshire Police who is Highly Commended in the ‘Excellence in Performance’ category for her dedication and exemplary performance in the area of Child Sexual Exploitation, recognising the seriousness and scale of the problem long before it became the ‘headline news’ it is today.

Excellence in Performance – Olympics

Karen Findlay  

‘Her contribution, determination, flexibility and her communication style were outstanding and contributed towards the success of the security operation for the Games’.


CI Findlay has 23 years’ service having commenced her career in Grampian Police. Karen was part of the joint ACPO/Met' Olympic Policing Co-ordination team and was asked to 'Peer review' all 10 Olympic host Forces to ensure their respective requirements during the operational phase in 2012 were both proportionate and necessary to deliver the security operation.


Karen was one of the officers selected to challenge each force operational plan being mindful of their individual operational independence.  Along with one other she presented the final business case to project and programme level governance that secured the £28m required. This enabled effective planning to deliver Government and MPS Olympic strategy up to and beyond the Games.


Karen was Chief of Staff to the Park Commander for the duration of the games, she attended meetings with the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) to ensure the police and security perspective were considered. She also assisted with the development of tactical plans and attended exercise sessions with LOCOG, guiding them in their plans and thinking. In addition to her main role, she also undertook other seeming less attractive but fundamentally more important roles, such as welfare issues.


In her spare time and following her own retirement from international rugby playing duties in 2006 having accrued 85 caps for Scotland, she has successfully coached Richmond Women’s Rugby team to 3 consecutive premiership championship wins, and in 2010 she was appointed Head Coach for Scotland Women’s Rugby Team, currently the only female coach in a head coach national role.




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Julia Pendry

‘…A natural leader and is considered a ‘safe pair of hands’ during what can be unpredictable operations’


Julia has had an exemplary career with the Metropolitan Police Service and has spent the last seven years working within the Public Order arena and has strategically planned and tactically commanded a number of high profile sporting events including the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup finals, the London Marathon, and the Olympic Marathon and Cycling events.  As if that wasn’t already an impressive portfolio, Julia was also the leading tactical commander for the Queens Diamond Jubilee and has also commanded police officers in serious public disorder including the Israeli Embassy disorder 2009 and London riots 2011.


Julia was appointed as Silver Commander for the Diamond Jubilee in October 2011, a weekend spectacle of national celebrations, watched by millions across the globe. The media scrutiny was intense and truly global. The security and policing operation was successfully delivered by Julia who was responsible for protection, security, public order, logistical support, partner engagement, media, marine support and contingency, intelligence and firearms to name a few! 


Julia was recently awarded the Member of Victorian Order (MVO) by the Queen for her role as Silver Commander at the Diamond Jubilee Weekend.


Julia has a daughter who is a police officer within the MPS and a son who works in the airline industry.The legacy that Julia hopes to leave is for more women to work within the public order arena and enjoy the challenges as she has.


Leadership - Highly Commended

Jackie Alexander


For her exemplary leadership skills as head of the Force’s Professional Standards Directorate where she has shown outstanding fortitude in raising standards within the service and tackling high profile disciplinary cases against fellow officers in a professional and thorough manner despite intense media scrutiny.


‘my colleague who had suggested my nomination and accompanied me on the day has told everyone just how proud he felt at the event, and how much he enjoyed it. He was probably even more thrilled than I was that I received an award – and I was immensely thrilled myself! - Jacqui Alexander


Leadership - Highly Commended

Shirley Murray


PC Shirley Murray of Cumbria Police for her outstanding leadership qualities in introducing a rank structure for the Special Constabulary within Cumbria, and also her work with Volunteers in Cumbria.



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Dee Collins

‘Great leader who goes go out of her way to enhance the self-esteem of others’.


Dee Collins has 26 years’ service and has served in Cleveland and Cumbria before moving to Derbyshire where she was their first female Chief Officer.  On her arrival she immediately made an impact as someone who genuinely values, inspires and respects other women.  She is the Gender Agenda lead for the organisation and is hugely respected by all officers, particularly by females officers and police staff.


In 2008 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but despite this devastating news she continued to attend work and support others.  Her attendance at the force's Gender Agenda event the day after her surgery had a profound impact on all the delegates attending.  She knew the value of visibility and engaging with others regardless of her personal circumstances.


Her gifts include listening, understanding needs, subtly guiding and mentoring, and looking to enhance individuals and their performance.     Nationally, there are now several serving female chief officers who Dee has supported because of her huge commitment to developing women and BME officers.  Her positive influence has been such that she is still asked to be a guest speaker at her previous Forces as well as receiving numerous mentoring requests.


Contribution to International Policing

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Jane Rhodes


‘… A clear embodiment of all that is best in UK policing - a selfless dedication to improving the lives of others and willingness to put her own career aside.’


Jane Rhodes joined Sussex Police in 1990.  Since promotion to Superintendent in 2005 she has served in variety of roles such as Deputy Head of the Criminal Justice Department, and Gatwick Airport Commander She is accredited Firearms, Gold incident and Public Order commander and also the founder of 'Evolve', the female network in Sussex Police. 


Since Dec 2011 Jane has been working in Liberia, West Africa, as the United Nations Reform and Restructure Coordinator with responsibility for five teams of Police officers and Immigration officers from around the world. In an attempt to provide stability in this country, Jane has utilised her skills and expertise to empower her teams to provide mentoring and advice to the Liberian National Police on issues including amongst others, Community policing, Logistics and professional standards.


A colleague who worked with Jane in the field had this to say, ‘In a country reeling from the after effects of a bloody civil war with little infrastructure and an under resourced and demoralised police force she has spent the last 18 months supporting the restructuring and review of policing processes. Ms Rhodes has established a high reputation amongst her UN colleagues and is well respected across the Mission for her integrity and dedication’.


President’s Award

Lisa Daly

Lisa’s philosophy since joining the Police has always been arrest criminals and lock them up’

‘Her name is a byword for professionalism’


PC Lisa Daly has 14 years’ service and is currently working on the Crime Team.   Her outstanding achievements won her in 2009 the BAWP Excellence in Performance award and subsequently she was awarded the equivalent IAWP award.  Not content to rest on her successful laurels, she has continued to maintain her high standards and again been nominated for a BAWP award.


She is a central member of a team, all of whom are performing to the highest standards. To date, they have this year seized over a million pounds worth of drugs.  Even within a team of high performers Lisa stands head and shoulders above her colleagues and is held in high regard both inside and outside the station.  Her name is a byword for professionalism and defence solicitors know they have their work cut out when Lisa is officer in the case. 


In September 2011 she was pregnant with her first child, working right up to the day before she gave birth.  She attended court several times whilst on maternity leave before resuming in December 2011. 

It’s very clear Lisa is in a class of her own and I don't think this is the last we have heard of her.  Having received one award, its difficult to recognise her continuing high performance. 





Lifetime Achievement

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Dena Fleming


‘…remember the difference you have made for so many families and staff. One person can really make a difference. You have, Thanks for being there for me’


Dena has recently retired after 32 years’ service in Lincolnshire and Humberside Police.  Her career has been wide and varied starting as a cadet in Humberside, and to being Humberside’s as one of only four female Inspectors in 1998. Dena was a nationally accredited Senior Investigating Officer, (SIO), the Force lead for kidnap and extortion and sat on the regional group for these issues and has led on kidnap with international aspects where life was at risk.  


However Dena has fought hard for her career. As a constable, she was back at work very soon after the birth of her first daughter and was once telephoned at home in the evening, during the Hull Prison Riots.


Whilst an Inspector in Lincolnshire Dena fought a long battle against the sexist attitude then pervading the force, even being suspended from duty herself when she made complaints. She persevered through the trauma of an Employment Tribunal, and was finally exonerated and returned to duty – whereupon she soon transferred back to Humberside. 


From her return, she made a name for herself as an outstanding investigator and leader, establishing sound policies and teams to deal with some of the most emotive issues police are faced with – such as honour based violence, historical cases of rape and child abuse, and corruption within the police service, ending as a Detective Superintendent.


On returning to Humberside in 1998 Dena took on the role as the female federation representative for Inspectors as she 'wanted to give something back'. Her advice to the personnel she has supported over the years has always been “if it’s not fair then don’t accept it”.


Lifetime Achievement

Kath Govier

Kath has dedicated her service to the development and empowerment of others’


Kath has been an ACC with Bedfordshire Police since May 2007, having originally joined Thames Valley Police as a graduate entrant in 1982.  Kath has been nominated for an award based on two key criteria:  The high level of scope and scale of commitment that Kath has shown to developing people, both men but more particularly women officers and staff in recent years; and secondly for the way in which she does that with huge passion, humility and understanding for the position in which people sometimes find themselves.


Kath has dedicated her service to the development and empowerment of others, establishing development days for senior officers and staff, taking the lead for the development of current and aspiring High Potential Development Scheme Officers, and supporting the Positive Action Leadership Programme.  In the last two years she has also been leading the development of the next generation of police leaders as Syndicate Director and Course Director on the national Strategic Command Course.


Kath took over as Chair of the Association of Chief Police Officer’s Women’s Forum in 2009 and has, since then, coordinated, written and submitted feedback in response to the Governments proposals to change, ensuring that women’s voices are heard and that our perspective is accurately portrayed. 

Outside of the service Kath works alongside the Princes Trust to develop young people. She has also given a significant amount of her own time, during the last 16 years, to work with young women at school in Reading to prepare them for the future.  Kath has achieved all of this whilst balancing her busy home life raising her two beautiful children. 

Lifetime Achievement

Jane Townsley

'Jane’s passion for enhancing the role of women in policing is obvious to all. I certainly couldn’t have asked for a better ‘right hand women’ to help me deliver BTPs Olympic operation'


Jane has 27 years policing experience covering a wide spectrum of operational, strategic and planning roles

Jane started her career with Lincolnshire Police and reached the rank of Sergeant, becoming an advanced driver and authorised firearms officer. This was at a time in policing when female role models were needed to enhance the role and professionalism of female colleagues, and Jane showed them the way.


In 2000 Jane transferred to the British Transport Police (BTP) and served in a variety of roles that saw her rise to the rank of chief inspector. Most recently she was selected to lead BTP's Olympic planning and Project team, which delivered BTP's largest ever policing operation.


Throughout her career Jane has been involved in issues that particularly affect females within the police, representing the female perspective on various committees within her force, nationally on behalf of the British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) and internationally as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP). In 2003 she established a female network within the British Transport Police specifically to progress the Gender Agenda.


Jane has been a member of the IAWP since 1996, and is now in her second term as its President – the first from outside North America.  


She was co-Director of the 43rd Annual IAWP training conference in Leeds in 2005 as well as European coordinator and then Vice President of the IAWP.  In these roles she has visited a number of countries to set up or support their own Women Police Networks including the Republic of Georgia, Bangladesh, Kyrgystan and Serbia.


Lifetime Achievement

Kim Botting

‘…Kim’s sheer determination and commitment to succeed’.


Kim joined the Metropolitan Police in 1975 and has now just retired as Chief Inspector after 38 years’ service.  She first worked as an operational PC in the Belgravia Division. On promotion to Sergeant Kim faced a number of challenging postings including Southwark, and Peckham Drugs Squad and also setting up the Southwark Training Department.


In 2002 Kim successfully applied for the role of Project Manager responsible for setting up a new centralised Criminal Justice Unit for traffic and transport commands.   This proved to be the pivotal posting of her career.  Despite fierce opposition, by taking a more holistic approach to how traffic offences are prosecuted and by engaging with the Crown Prosecution Service and Courts, Kim was able to implement sweeping changes in the system that have resulted in a significant rise in successful prosecutions and 4000 extra disqualifications per year.  Kim has also set up and led a working group that has developed the first effective way of prosecuting traffic offenders who live abroad.  All of this has contributed to a reduction in fatal accidents and serious injury accidents on London’s roads.


That would be enough for most people but Kim has managed this whilst, together with her police officer husband, raising four children, the eldest following in her mother’s footsteps.  Kim was diagnosed with a life threatening condition in 2010 but thankfully faced this with the same will and determination she displays in her work environment, returning to work ready to face new challenges just three months later.


Officer of the Year 

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Annita Clarke


Just to be nominated is an achievement for this prestigious award’.

‘high personal integrity, demonstrating compassion and humanity with the ability to relate to and create trust in all’


Annita has been a police officer in Bedfordshire for the last 24yrs. She has a variety of experiences throughout her service and nothing I say can fully give her the credit she deserves. 


She has been a tutor constable, and a colleague supporter providing a listening ear for officers and staff exposed to stressful situations both at work and home. Moving to a rural area, she quickly developed links with partner agencies. She ran an event called ‘community pride,’ to raise money for the youth of the area. The monies raised were used to create a skate park and the subsequent ASB figures showed a dramatic decline in that area.


Passionate about self-development and the development of others, Annita developed a training programme for the special constabulary and trained all the Special Constables working in Mid Bedfordshire. She also assisted the Firearms Unit to recruit more females to the unit.

On promotion to Inspector she returned to patrol duties in Luton.  Amongst other duties, she ran a successful operation targeting robberies during which time and thereafter there were none where previously there had been prolific offences.  Her critical incidents were renowned for her thoroughness. She is also a Hostage Negotiator and a SPOC for DAWN, the support group for officers and staff with disabilities.


Annita is very passionate about developing herself also and completed an NVQ Level 5 in Management; She has also became a Work Based Assessment assessor and the Diversity Champion in Luton. 


Resuming as an Inspector she took charge of a team within the Force Control Room where she immediately developed and instigated the Force Incident Management Policy.   In order to maintain the quality of service to the public, she has solicited assistance from the Red Cross and the Samaritans  to attend vulnerable people, concentrating on victims of distraction burglaries in the first instance as they are usually the elderly and/or disabled in the community.


Annita’s overall aim is and has been to give a voice to the vulnerable and to put offenders behind bars and she feels that only by having a solid, confident, valued workforce (both within the force and in conjunction with other partner agencies) we can achieve this.


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