SPA Board appoints new Chief Executive

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The Board of the SPA have appointed Hugh Grover as the Authority's new Chief Executive.

The Scottish Police Authority has today, Tuesday 28 August 2018, announced the appointment of Hugh Grover as the Authority’s new Chief Executive.

Mr Grover’s appointment follows an open process of assessment, interview and selection. He will join the Authority on 1 October 2018 for a period of induction and familiarisation and take over the responsibilities of Chief Executive and Accountable Officer from Kenneth Hogg, Interim Chief Officer, on 5 November 2018.

The Chief Executive will act as the principal advisor to the Board of the Scottish Police Authority and Accountable Officer for a policing budget of over £1 billion.

Announcing the appointment, Susan Deacon, Chair of the Scottish Police Authority said:

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Hugh Grover as the new Chief Executive of the Scottish Police Authority. Hugh brings to the role a wealth of relevant experience spanning senior roles in local and central government as well as a strong track record of achievement in building collaborative relationships with policy makers, regulators and a wide range of other agencies.

“This important role is one of a series of leadership appointments the Authority has made in recent months, including a new Chief Constable and a much strengthened Police Scotland senior leadership team.

“As Chief Executive of the Authority, Hugh will build on the work done by Kenneth Hogg, as Interim Chief Officer, to drive improvement and strengthen capacity and capability.”

Hugh Grover - Biography

Hugh Grover has over 25-years-experience working across the public sector. From 2012 to 2017 Mr Grover led the development and implementation of an innovative new investment company responsible for the management of London's 33 local authority pension assets worth £35bn, serving as the organisation’s first Chief Executive from 2015. Prior to this, Mr Grover was a Policy Director overseeing finance, performance and procurement on behalf the UK capital’s local councils. His other experience includes working in central UK government departments and agencies.

Mr Grover has an MBA and Diploma from Imperial College London and holds Fellowships with the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Society of Arts.

About the Scottish Police Authority

The Scottish Police Authority was established in 2013 as the national organisation to support, oversee and hold to account Scotland’s single police service.

With a workforce of more than 22,000 police officers and staff and an annual budget of £1.1 billion, Police Scotland is the second largest police service in the UK and serves a population of over five million people, in cities and towns and across rural and island communities.

The main functions of the SPA are to maintain, keep under review and hold to account Police Scotland, and to promote the primary purpose of policing in Scotland which is to improve the safety and wellbeing of people places and communities. The SPA has additional responsibilities, including as the employer of all police staff and in relation to police officers, including the recruitment of senior police officers. It currently has around 40 staff, and is now undertaking a major programme of organisational improvement and restructuring to increase its capacity and capability to carry out its core responsibilities.

In addition, the SPA is responsible for forensic services and independent custody visiting.

The Authority’s Chief Executive will receive a salary of £117,000.