Our Executive Team
Dorset is led by the Executive and scrutinised by the PCC, Martyn Underhill.
The Chief Constable’s overall responsibilities are:-Overall responsibility for leading the force, creating vision and setting direction.
Accountable for operational delivery of policing services to people of Dorset.
Fulfil statutory and legal obligations of the office/Corporation Sole.
Accountable for force financial management and budget setting.
Strategic Partnership relationships and stakeholder management.
James Vaughan’s BiographyChief Constable James Vaughan Dorset Police Chief Constable James Vaughan began his career in Wiltshire, where he started in 1992 working in various uniform and detective roles in the northern part of the county.
On promotion he served as a Detective Sergeant and Detective Inspector in Swindon up to 2005, when he was selected to join the High Potential Development Scheme. As a Chief Inspector he undertook the role of staff officer to the Chief Constable and later led the centralisation of roads policing within the Operations Division.
Promoted to Detective Superintendent in 2007, James led Wiltshire’s response to major, serious and organised crime and delivered significant capability development, whilst leading and managing numerous murders and other major crime investigations.
Upon promotion to Chief Superintendent, James led the development of Citizen Focused Policing, Partnerships and Safer Neighbourhoods across Wiltshire and was later the Head of Criminal Investigation.
In 2011, James successfully completed the Strategic Command Course. He joined Dorset Police as Assistant Chief Constable in May 2012.
Following promotion to Deputy Chief Constable in 2013, James has led on strategic change, planning, performance, professional standards, people and community focus, and media and communication.
James has also led various regional collaboration programmes including the forensic service collaboration and the strategic alliance with Devon and Cornwall Police. In his national capacity he is the NPCC Lead for Forensic Procurement and Market Development.
In February 2017 James was appointed Deputy Chief Constable (Chief Operating Officer) for the Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Strategic Alliance.
In April 2018 he was appointed as Chief Constable for Dorset.
James holds a Masters Degree in Criminology and Police Management and has published research on his academic interests in child homicide.
James is married to Sacha and has five children. He enjoys natural history, music, sports and has an aspiration to keep fit!
Deputy Chief Constable
The DCC’s portfolio includes:
- Performance Management
- Strategy and Planning
- Professional Standards
- Change Management
David Lewis’s BiographyDeputy Chief Constable David Lewis Dorset Police David grew up in Sussex before attending Bristol University, graduating in law in 1988.
After a period working in retail and traveling he started his police career in 1990 as a Police Constable in Bristol. He transferred to Thames Valley Police in 1993 working in a variety of operational roles in Berkshire. Whilst working as a police trainer he gained a PGCE in adult education from Surrey University.
Subsequently he held a range of roles with a Thames Valley force-wide remit, including three years as a Senior Investigating Officer in Major Crime, over seeing murder and serious crime investigations, before being promoted to Superintendent, Head of Criminal Justice in January 2006.
In June 2007, he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and took up the post of Commander for Berkshire East, where he was responsible for policing an area which included the towns of Bracknell, Ascot, Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough.
Following the reorganisation of Thames Valley in 2011, he took up the new role of Head of Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships, before passing the Senior Police National Assessment Centre and attending the Strategic Command Course in 2012.
Having successfully passed the course he was seconded to the Association of Chief Police Officers where he fulfilled the role of Chief of Staff, working with Sir Hugh Ordeon national policing issues and running the National Police Coordination Centre.
He took up the post of Assistant Chief Constable of Dorset Police in July 2013, where he was the operational strategic lead for policing across Dorset. In May 2016 he became the Regional Assistant Chief Constable for the South West,covering Serious and Organised Crime, Forensics and Counter Terrorism across five police forces.
In April 2018 he assumed the role of Deputy Chief Constable, Chief Operating Officer for the Dorset, Devon & Cornwall Strategic Alliance.
David also holds three portfolios for the National Police Chiefs’ Council: Modern Slavery Operations, Forensics Performance and Standards and the Police Overseas Visitor Registration Scheme.
He is married to Jayne and they have four children. David is a keen supporter of Reading Football Club, Sussex County Cricket Club and Bath Rugby Club. He is an active alumnus and facilitator for the Windsor Leadership Trust, a Non-Executive Member of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Regulatory Committee, and is a practising member of a local church.
Assistant Chief Constable
The ACC’s portfolio includes:
- Human Resources
- Learning and Development
- Workforce Planning and Transformation
- Innovations and Evidence Based Policing
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Strategic Partnerships
- Vulnerability Strategy
- Welfare / Wellbeing
- Health and Safety
Julie Fielding’s MBA (Merit) BiographyJulie Fielding began her police service with Devon & Cornwall Police in 1993. Over the next 24 years she worked in a number of operational roles across Devon and Cornwall including patrol, CID, public protection, intelligence and specialist investigations. Julie worked as a Detective Inspector in both Public Protection and CID where she undertook the role of Senior Investigating Officer for a variety of serious crime enquiries.
Julie was promoted to Detective Superintendent for Investigation in Devon in 2011 where she was responsible for overseeing CID across the county, managing and leading the investigative response to serious crimes.
In 2012 Julie was promoted to Chief Superintendent Commander for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Within this role Julie managed a large command area running day to day operational policing, as well as working with partners to develop longer term plans to tackle crime and vulnerability. As Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, she led the partnership response to community priorities.
Julie also worked on the Cornwall Devolution Deal, leading a key pillar of the work into reviewing public sector property across the county, enabling partners to co-locate and work more closely together to provide a more efficient and cost effective service.
Julie became the Commander for Crime and Justice in 2016 with responsibility for custody and criminal justice, major and serious organised crime, intelligence, public protection and covert authorities.
Julie passed the national chief officer selection process in 2016 and undertook the Strategic Command Course in 2017. In May 2017 she became the Gold Commander leading the Dorset, Devon and Cornwall police response to the tragic incident in Manchester.
Julie is a Strategic Firearms Commander and has commanded a number of firearms incidents over the past four years. In 2017 she passed the Public Order Gold Command Course.
In October 2017, Julie was promoted to the role of Assistant Chief Constable for Dorset Police.
Throughout her service Julie has maintained her strong interest in delivering the best service possible for victims of crime. Julie has a strong interest in supporting and developing people and wellbeing in the workplace. Working with Professor John Harrison, she was instrumental in developing the Devon and Cornwall approach to wellbeing. This work led to a Gold Award for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly police in the County Workplace Health Awards.
Julie graduated from Exeter University in 2013 as MBA with Merit.
Outside of work Julie and her husband enjoy classic car events, walking their Labrador Retriever, reading and travelling.
Assistant Chief Constable
Chief Finance Officer
Director of Legal
The Legal Services team provide legal advice and representation to both Forces and their Police and Crime Commissioners. Their work includes litigation (employment, civil, inquest, misconduct and judicial review), operations (civil preventative orders, licensing, public order) and general advice (duty advisor scheme for day to day legal queries, critical incident advice, and strategic advice). Members of the team regularly appear in a range of Courts to represent the interests of the Chief Constables and/or Police and Crime Commissioners.
Mike and his team regularly sit on Gold and Silver groups, which are responsible for the management of critical incidents.
As the member of the Executive with portfolio responsibility for Information Management, Mike holds the position of the Senior Information Responsible Officer on behalf of Devon and Cornwall and Dorset.
In addition, the Information Management department is responsible for Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Disclosure, Information Assurance and information sharing with partner agencies for both Devon and Cornwall and Dorset. The Alliance Information Management Department is also responsible for Records Management and Data Quality within Devon and Cornwall.
Mike also undertakes the role as Joint Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) for Devon and Cornwall and Dorset.
The Corporate Communications department covers internal and external communications including reputation management and digital media.
Mike sits on the national committee for the Association of Police Lawyers and chairs the Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Joint Ethics Committee and is also the co-chair of the South West Policing Regional Ethics Committee.
Mike is a qualified Solicitor, married with children and lives in Devon.