HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services
Phil Gormley, QPM

Matt Parr


Phil Gormley joined Thames Valley Police in 1985 and served in a range of detective and uniform roles. In January 2003, he transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service as a Commander. While in London, Phil was initially responsible for firearms and aviation security, leading a significant uplift in the capital’s firearms capacity and creating the UK Sky Marshall capability.

In 2005, he developed and implemented the blueprint for counter-terrorism policing, bringing together the former Special Branch and Anti-Terrorism Branch to create SO15, the modern Counter Terrorism Command.

In 2007, he became deputy chief constable of West Midlands Police, at the time the UK’s second largest force. He was also appointed as the UK lead for mental health on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO – now the National Police Chiefs’ Council), developing and implementing a national training programme for all officers and staff.

In 2010, Phil became chief constable of Norfolk Constabulary, jointly leading one of the most advanced programmes of collaboration with Suffolk Constabulary. He was also elected to lead the ACPO Uniform Operations Business Area. He was subsequently elected as Vice President of ACPO. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in January 2013.

In 2013, Phil became the first deputy director general of the National Crime Agency. Phil designed and implemented the national tasking and co-ordination arrangements for serious and organised crime. In 2014, he led Operation Notarise, the largest-ever UK law enforcement operation targeting the online abuse of children, resulting in over 700 arrests.

In 2015, Phil was appointed as chief constable of Police Scotland. He created and implemented a ten-year policing strategy for Scotland. He also established the basis for the organisation to become financially and operationally sustainable, with substantial investment in new technology and modernised methods of working.

In October 2018, Phil was appointed as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services.

Regional role for police forces

Phil Gormley is Her Majesty’s Inspector of the Constabulary for the Northern Region and deals with the following police forces:

  • Cheshire Constabulary
  • Cleveland Police
  • Cumbria Constabulary
  • Durham Constabulary
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Humberside Police
  • Lancashire Constabulary
  • Merseyside Police
  • Northumbria Police
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
  • South Yorkshire Police
  • West Yorkshire Police.

Regional role for fire & rescue services

Phil Gormley is Her Majesty’s Inspector of the Fire & Rescue Services for the Northern Region and deals with the following fire & rescue services:

  • Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Cleveland Fire Brigade
  • Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
  • County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
  • Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
  • Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service
  • North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service