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Mr Paul Downing


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  • 03/2023 - Present Chair or Police & Crime Panel

  • 02/2022 - Present Trustee - YouTurn Futures

  • 01/2019 - Present Mentor Groundwork

  • 05/2017 - Present Vice Chair Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire

  • 07/2013 - Present Chair Ampthill Community Safety Gp / Director Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire

  • 08/2013 - Present Senior Consultant iTc - the Intelligence Training Centre


  • 03/2023 - Present Chair or Police & Crime Panel

  • 02/2022 - Present Trustee - YouTurn Futures

  • 03/2020 -  03/2023 Vice Chair Bedfordshire Police & Crime Panel. Returned to Vice Chair position after 'stepping down' from local politics. 

  • Developed expertise and knowledge for consistent delivery of outstanding quality services.

  • Support fellow Board Members in improving responses to local policing challenges and resolving issues to deliver high-quality policing for the community.

  • Spearhead specific areas within the local Policing Plan to allow for effective scrutiny.

  • Maintained and built positive relationships with Police & Crime 

  • Commissioner and his office.

05/2019 to Current Mentor (for Young People)

  • Work with young people who are considered a 'problem' at home/school, developing coping strategies with them and creating fresh opportunities to allow for greater understanding of the issues and challenges that they face.

05/2017 to Present Vice Chair Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire 

  • Effectively challenged existing structures and governance arrangements - leading to new Articles of Association being created.

  • Led on Board Strategy - and matching operational performance to that strategy

  • Reviewed partnership documents and created reports as required by Healthwatch England and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Member Board Of Trustees

mid beds citizens Advice bureau

Oct 2017 - Apr 2019 1 year 7 months


Chair of Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Jun 2015 - May 2019 4 years

Bedford UK

Elected Member with shared responsibility re the governance of the nation's finest Fire & Rescue Service

  • After vice-chairing for one year. Chaired the Board

  • Implemented new process to consolidate practices, redefining working groups and committees.

  • Oversaw external review of the Service

  • Oversaw annual budget negotiations.

  • Oversaw restructuring of Chief Officer Team.

  • Represented the Combined Fire Authorities in dealings with LGA and Fire Minister.

  • Liaised with Local Authorities and Police & Crime Commissioner on strategic issues - such as estates, budget, sharing resources.

05/2015 - 01/2020 CBC District Ward Councillor - Ampthill

Elected as a Ward Councillor for the Unitary Authority

Elected Member

Bedfordshire Police & Crime Panel

May 2015 - Apr 20194 years

Bedford UK

Holding to account the Bedfordshire Police & Crime Commisssioner

EU-China Police Training Project - Standardisation of Law Enforcement


Oct 2014 - Apr 20161 year 7 months

Wuhan, Hubei, China

Designed and delivered a programme to Chinese police managers relating to how UK Police Investigation Strategies work,; Core Investigative Doctrine, PIP, NIM and Nation Decision Making Model.

The programme delivered four interactive modules in Beijing, Wuhan and Hangzhou(twice) and received tremendous feedback, the participants truly appreciating their new found policing skills as delivered by myself.

Executive Committee Member

Sports Bedford

Mar 2014 - Jan 20205 years 11 months


Elected to Committee last evening - The organisation raises profile/availability of Sports Coaching in Bedford UK

Council Member

Clophill Parish Council

Jan 2014 - Apr 2017 3 years 4 months


Police Liaison, St Mary's CoE School Governor, Planning Sub-Gp

Senior Consultant

iTc - the Intelligence Training Centre


08/2013 Present - 10 yrs

  • iTc develops and delivers training focusing on Strategic Analysis and Leadership.

  • iTc coaches and mentors people in the public and private sector.

  • Products are directed at Senior Managers and Leaders in organisations.

Jul 2013 - Feb 2022 8 years 8 months

Self Employed

Intelligence Training Centre

Based in Bedfordshire UK, active all over the world Consultant, Coach and Advisor specialising in police intelligence systems and processes, leadership and public protection issues... can create and deliver training programmes, facilitate presentations and coach senior staff...

Domestic Abuse Matters training for College of Policing

Intelligence Training Centre Ltd

Mar 2015 - Mar 20161 year 1 month

Stevenage, United Kingdom

Delivered key sessions and modules on Domestic Abuse to Hertfordshire (UK) Police staff in April, May and June, and in so doing helping save lives.

And again in Humberside in March 2016


ProDown Ltd

Jul 2013 - Apr 2015 1 year 10 months

Strategic oversight of Corporate affairs focusing on marketing and delivery of products


Bedfordshire YMCA

Jul 2013 - Apr 2015 1 year 10 months


I sit on The Board and also on The Strategy & Planning Committee. This is a go-ahead, can-do organisation giving real benefit to the people of Bedfordshire.

07/1983 to 07/2013 Detective Superintendent 

  • Joined the Metropolitan Police (from a banking/finance background).

  • Worked through the ranks to retire as a Detective Superintendent - attached to the College of Policing and heading up the development and delivery of national crime training programmes. 

  • Serious & Complex Investigations and development & delivery of crime and criminal intelligence training programmes

  • On retirement continued as a Consultant re-assessing training programmes in the UK and abroad.

Senior Training Manager (investigations, Intelligence & Hi-Tec Crime) 

College of Policing

Sep 2008 - Jul 2013 4 years 11 months

College of Policing, Ryton-on-Dunsmore

3/12/12 became a member of the College of Policing following transfer from NPIA...with same responsibilities

Managing and directing training design, development and delivery programmes for UK Law Enforcement. Working with collaboratively with the wider police service to produce programmes with the in consensus, that meet the National Leads needs and fit in with National Occupational Standards.

Specialising in Investigation, Intelligence, Hi-Tec Crime and Leadership.

The role sees me represent the NPIA on a number of ACPO Portfolios, chairing several Training Sub-Groups.

ACPO Gps - Intelligence, Public Protection, Fraud (Economic Crime), Investigative Interviewing.
ACPO Crime Business Area Standards,Training and Competency.

Experienced in running Focus Groups, Work Shops and Conferences. Aware of the training needs of non-warranted staff, new recruits, probationers, experienced investigators, Middle and Senior Managers and Leaders.

A trained trainer qualified to train in the Lifelong Learning sector.

Have travelled to Kenya, Kabul and Peoples Republic of China to review the training of Criminal Intelligence Training for the NPIA.

Senior Investigating Officer


Jul 1983 - Sep 2008 25 years 3 months

Various locations throughout London

Varied roles within UK Law Enforcement, including;

  • Joint working with UK Borders Agency - matters relating to immigration crime

  • Head of Intelligence Faculty MPS Crime Academy - several new courses developed ranging from Researchers, Field Intelligence Officers, Intelligence Managers, Senior Management Strategic intelligence.

  • Head of Research Unit (MPS Crime Academy) - Included development of MPS Virtual Crime Academy

  • Borough Crime Manager - managing volume, priority and serious and complex crime.

  • MPS Fraud Squad - investigating public sector fraud and corruption during which time received high Commendations for Investigative Ability.

  • Financial Investigation trained and experienced in recovery of assets.

  • Major Incident procedure trained and served on several high profile murder enquiry teams.

Senior Cashier

Barclays UK Retail and Business Bank

1977 - 1980 3 years

In charge of Cash Desk - ordering of currency and daily returns, balancing the books


  • Engaging with the Board to ensure effective scrutiny

  • Dedicated and persistent questioning to ensure that what we are told is what is happening.


1991 Bachelor of Science: Criminology/Policing

Portsmouth University 


  • I am a Rotarian and represent the local District (Bed. Bucks & Herts) as the lead for both 'Vocation' (endeavouring to use Rotarians skills within local community projects and ’Resilience’ - getting Rotarians to assist in local incidents supporting others.

  • I am a BLEVEC (Bedford Local Emergency Volunteer Commander) - working with the Local Resilience Forum at supplying assistance when Blue Light Services and Local Authorities may require support under Civil Contingency Act conditions.


  • I maintain an allotment

  • We own a caravan

  • Until recently was caring for my mother.

Allowances 2020-21

Basic Allowance

Special Responsabilities


ICT Allowance


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