Katy Bourne OBE
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
Katy Bourne was raised and schooled in Sussex before graduating from Aberystwyth University. She still lives in mid-Sussex, is married to Kevin and has two adult sons. She was a successful businesswoman before entering politics and retains a keen interest in innovative business start-ups especially green technologies.
Katy is in her second term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, when she more than doubled her majority. The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to account for the performance of the force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime, including restorative justice and to deliver community safety initiatives and crime reduction grants.
Katy brings a genuine passion and commitment to make a difference and her work to support victims of crime has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers. Katy was also nationally recognised for founding the award-winning Sussex Youth Commission in 2013 and the Sussex Elders’ Commission in 2015.
Katy is a former Director of the Board of the College of Policing and former advisor to the editorial board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network. She is currently Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board; Chair and National Spokesperson of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners Digital Policing & Technology Portfolio; and former Chair and a non-Exec Director of the national Police ICT Company.
In June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in July 2019 she was elected Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.