Who we are

Please note: this page principally refers to our work in the policing landscape. Following the announcement, in July 2017, that HMICFRS would also inspect fire & rescue services, this section will be updated to include our work with fire & rescue services as and when these arrangements are finalised.

About HMICFRS

Next to the Home Office, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services – established in 1856 – is the senior institution in the policing landscape, as it oversees, inspects and reports upon the efficiency and effectiveness of all Home Office police forces, as well as other forces and agencies by invitation. Current inspections include assessments of the police’s response to domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation.

Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue, including Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, are appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister, under section 54 of the Police Act 1996. As independent holders of public office under the Crown, appointed under Royal Warrant, they are neither civil servants nor police officers.

Read more about the previous Chief Inspectors of Constabulary

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Chief Fire & Rescue Inspector

Tom Winsor

Sir Thomas Winsor

In October 2012, Sir Thomas was appointed as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary. He was appointed as the first ever HM Chief Fire & Rescue Inspector in July 2017.

Read Sir Thomas Winsor’s biography

Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue

Zoë Billingham

Zoë Billingham

Zoë Billingham was appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in September 2009 and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue in July 2017.

Read Zoë Billingham’s biography

Mike Cunningham, QPM

Mike Cunningham, QPM

Mike Cunningham was appointed as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in September 2014 and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue in July 2017.

Read Mike Cunningham’s biography

Matt Parr, CB

Matt Parr, CB

Matt Parr was appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in August 2016 and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue in July 2017.

Read Matt Parr’s biography

Dru Sharpling, CBE

Dru Sharpling, CBE

Dru Sharpling was appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in September 2009 and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue in July 2017.

Read Dru Sharpling’s biography

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams was appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in March 2015 and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue in July 2017.

Read Wendy Williams’ biography

HMICFRS board

The HMICFRS board consists of HM Chief Inspector, the HM Inspectors, and the chief operating officer.

Read the HMICFRS board’s terms of reference