Mark Burns-Williamson

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Mark Burns-Williamson
OBE
Mark-Burns Williamson OBE.jpg
Police and Crime Commissioner
for West Yorkshire
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 November 2012
Preceded by Office Created
Chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority
In office
June 2003 – October 2012
Chair of the Association of Police Authorities
In office
October 2011 – October 2012
Personal details
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater Bradford University
Website www.mark4westyorkshire.co.uk

Mark Burns-Williamson OBE is a British Labour Party politician and the current Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire. He is the former Chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority[1] and has been the councillor for Castleford Central and Glasshoughton Ward since the Wakefield District Council elections in 1998.[2]

Early life[edit]

Burns-Williamson's employment [3] has spanned over 20 years in public and private sector organisations, including West Yorkshire County Council, Citizens Advice Bureaux, CableTel Ltd, The Rugby Football League (RFL) and Halifax Plc. He is also a graduate of Bradford University (History/Politics Bsc Joint Hons), President of Glasshoughton Cricket Club, an ex rugby player and a lifelong rugby supporter.

Political career[edit]

Burns-Williamson was elected to represent the ward of Castleford Central and Glasshoughton when he successfully contested the 1998 Wakefield Council elections, in West Yorkshire. Following this, he became a member of West Yorkshire Police Authority in 1999 and Chair of the Authority in June 2003. After joining the Board of the Association of Police Authorities in 2003, he was made the Board's Deputy Chair in 2009 and in October 2011 he was elected Chair of the Association of Police Authorities.[4]

Burns-Williamson was awarded an OBE for services to the Community and Policing in the 2012 Honours List.[5]

Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire[edit]

In June 2012, Burns-Williamson announced his intention to stand as a candidate in the England and Wales Police and Crime Commissioner elections, 2012 for the West Yorkshire Police area.[6] In October 2012, He stood down as the Chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority in order to continue his candidacy for PCC.[7] In the November election, he was elected after the second round of counting.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/wypa/latest-news/obe-new-year-honours-chair-31-dec-2011
  2. ^ http://www.npia.police.uk/en/6156.htm
  3. ^ http://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk
  4. ^ http://www.apa.police.uk/Admin/uploads/attachment/Cllr_Mark_Burns-Williamson_APA_CHAIR_2011.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/wypa/latest-news/chair-police-authority-collects-obe-23-feb-2012
  6. ^ http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/local/more-local-news/mark-to-stand-as-police-boss-1-4668032
  7. ^ http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/wypa/our-members
  8. ^ "Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire - election results". Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

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