The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent is Ms Eleri Thomas MBE.
Eleri Thomas is the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent and supports the Commissioner in carrying out his duties. She leads on projects that deliver against the priorities in his Police and Crime Plan for Gwent and assists him in implementing his remit to deliver excellent, effective and efficient policing services for the people of Gwent.
Eleri is responsible for building strategic relationships with senior officers and managers at Gwent Police and works with external bodies including the UK and Welsh Governments, criminal justice partners, health boards, local authorities and the voluntary sector on joint projects and initiatives. She supports the PCC to engage with as many communities as possible to ensure they have a direct input into the type of policing they want to see locally.
Eleri, who was the former Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Children’s Commissioner for Wales, was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009, being awarded a MBE for her services to children and young people whilst head of the children’s charity, Save the Children, in Wales.
She has more than 20 years’ experience of working in strategic leadership and management roles in Wales and has had national influence on areas of focus including safeguarding people; families living in poverty; looked after children and young people; the youth justice system; people experiencing mental health issues; young carers; community cohesion; integration of Gypsy Traveller families; hate crime and its impact on asylum seeking families; and child sexual exploitation.
She led on convening a national stakeholder leadership group on child sexual exploitation (CSE) which resulted in the production of a national action plan and coordinated the four UK Children’s Commissioners’ submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2009 and 2016.
Eleri is a Trustee of the national children’s charity Kids in Museums and chair of Trustees of the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Forum.
£52,500 per annum