Authentic leaders talking openly about themselves and their journey so far

Olivia Pinkney

Deputy Chief ConstableSussex Police HQ

Olivia graduated from St Catherine’s College, Cambridge and immediately joined the police force and having experienced a strong sense of vocation of public service, hasn’t looked back.
As one of the highest ranking police women within the UK, Olivia shares her unique perspective as a woman in the male-dominated police service and speaks persuasively on mentoring, career choices, flexible working and the social pitfalls of stereotyping professional roles.
As Chair of The Women Chief Officer’s Network, whose mission is to “hold the ladder steady for those who come after us”, Olivia elaborates on her desire to widen this to include improving the way policing is led and delivered and the importance of equality of opportunity, for both men and women.    

Official Biography

An experienced strategic leader in the police service working at Chief Officer level accountable for policing services for 2 ½ million people. Responsibilities span acute services such as major crime investigation, to executive responsibility for developing the breadth of local policing services throughout the counties.

National police lead for organised immigration crime including people trafficking, and active in other national policing matters. Responsibilities include ensuring services are relentlessly focused on the needs of communities and place the victim at the heart of policing activity.

Olivia’s professional experience and development includes:
Member of ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers)
Strategic Command Course (NPIA - National Police Improvement Agency)
Chair of ACPO Women’s Mentoring Forum
Trustee of LifeCentre - supporting suriviors of rape and sexual abuse
Trustee of CAADA (coordinated action against domestic abuse)
Fellow of the British American Project network