A Senior Cabinet Minister
As has been the case at previous years’ events, we are again proud to have a senior cabinet minister attending to provide the opening address to delegates. In previous years we have heard addresses from the Home Secretary and the Policing Minister. Their contributions have always been highly valued by delegates, and with so many challenges and opportunities ahead for policing, this year’s opening address promises to be equally valuable.
Diane Abbott MP
Shadow Home Secretary
In 1987 Diane Abbott made history by becoming the first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament. She has since built a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator. Upon leaving Cambridge, where she obtained a Masters Degree in history, Diane joined the Home Office as a civil servant. She went on to work for the lobby group The National Council for Civil Liberties before moving into journalism.
From the outset of her career, Diane has championed global justice, human rights, peace and security issues at home and abroad. She has been a vocal campaigner around race-relations, transparency and justice around policing, surveillance, Stop and Search, and detainment without trial, as well as a key advocate of proportional representation.She was elected onto the National Executive of the Labour Party and, for most of the 1990s, served on the Treasury Select Committee. In 2015, Diane was re-elected to her Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency with a landslide majority and, in September 2015, was appointed Shadow Secretary for International Development. Diane then went on to become Shadow Secretary for Health and is now the first black female Shadow Home Secretary.
Commissioner Cressida Dick CBE QPM
Metropolitan Police Service
Cressida Dick has 34 years of public service, the majority of which she has spent in policing. She has held leadership roles in each of the organisations she has worked in, the Metropolitan Police Service, Thames Valley Police, the National Police College and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Cressida has overseen a wide variety of high-profile and complex policing investigations spanning serious and organised crime, security and protection.
Cressida was the first woman to be appointed a Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner in 2009. From 2011 to 2014 she was in charge of UK counter terrorism policing, leading operational security and counter terrorist operations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.
In 2014 Cressida joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office senior leadership team. In February 2017 Cressida was appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. On 10th April 2017 she was re-attested as a police officer before taking up her role as Commissioner, leading the UK’s largest police service.Cressida is former president of the British Association of Women Police and has a Master’s Degree in Criminology from Cambridge.
Dame Louise Casey DBE CB
Author of the Casey Review into Opportunity and Integration
Over the last 18 years Dame Louise has been instrumental in the development of a number of bespoke social policy programmes for Government. Drawing on her experiences leading homeless charity Shelter, Dame Louise has consistently delivered brave and innovative solutions to long standing social problems ranging from homelessness to anti-social behaviour to troubled families.
At the request of the Prime Minister, she led a review into integration in the United Kingdom published December 2016.
Throughout this, Louise has maintained her commitment to the charity sector and has been a driving force in the establishment of the Institute for Global Homelessness, with the aim of delivering an international solution to homelessness across the world.
She left the civil service in July 2017 to step up her work for the Institute; joined Kings College London as a Visiting Professor and the London School of Economics as a guest lecturer.