Commissioner Simmonds searches for faith director

Adam Simmonds.
Adam Simmonds.

A new office for faith-based and community initiatives is to be launched by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner this autumn, alongside a director who will earn up to £42,000 a year.

The office, which has a budget of £70,000 a year, has been created by Adam Simmonds with the brief of being the “driving force in developing faith-based and community initiatives across the county”.

Mr Simmonds intends for the new office to liaise between organisations in the county, councillors and politicians and with other commissioners to boost community and faith-based initiatives and to “increase national dialogue about the valuable contribution of this sector”.

The new office will be launched next month, along with the new director’s role, which is currently being advertised on the PCC’s website.

The full-time job, which will be based at Wootton Hall and requires “substantial experience and knowledge of the faith, voluntary and community sector governance and practice”, comes with a starting salary of between £35,238 and £42,126.

In an “executive order”, signed off by Mr Simmonds, he said: “This office will enhance the capacity of faith-based and community organisations and groups to design and implement successful initiatives and programmes of work to increase community safety.

“The office will encourage creative approaches to crime prevention and community safety, aspiring to generate self-sufficiency in the organisations it works with and will promote robust evaluations to create a reputable evidence base.

“The office will be launched in September and will employ a director in a permanent post.

“Volunteers will be appointed to form an advisory council to enhance the integrity, objectivity and effectiveness of the office.”

For more information about how to apply to become part of the new advisory council, or for information about how to become a member, visit the commissioner’s website at