I have undertaken this voluntary role for 23 years, and in this time have given at least 15,000 hours to the role, all of which have been in my own time. After being a Constable for a number of years, promotions to Sergeant and Inspector roles followed. In 1995 I was promoted to Superintendent and I have led Divisions of the force with responsibility for around 100 staff. In January 2010 promotion to Chief Officer involved taking responsibility for the whole force and circa 330 staff. This is the most senior rank in the Special Constabulary and sees involvement, not just within the force but on a regional and national level. I have responsibility for working with the Chief Constable and the force senior management team, along with the police authority to lead the strategic direction of the Special Constabulary. I attend regular meetings with colleagues from across the north of England and nationally. I am a member of Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers (ASCCO), the group that represents force senior managers nationally.