Who we are - members

Thames Valley Police Authority consists of 18 elected and independent members.

Councillor (elected) members

There are ten elected members (councillors) from Local Authorities in the Thames Valley area:

  • two from Oxfordshire County Council
  • one from Buckinghamshire County Council
  • one each from the seven unitary authorities of Milton Keynes, Bracknell Forest, Slough, West Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead

Independent members

Independent members are people who live or work in the Thames Valley area and are appointed by the Police Authority from a shortlist of applicants put together by a a five member selection panel.

The Police Authority's eight independent members were chosen from ordinary members of the public who responded to a public advertisement.

They bring a wide range of skills and experience to the Authority - but all have a genuine interest in policing and a willingness to find out what local people want from the police.

Magistrate (lay justice) members

Each police authority must have at least one Independent Member who is a magistrate (Police Authority Regulations 2008).

This replaces the old process by which the Police Authority had to appoint at least three members from the local magistrates bench. 

Martyn Griffiths - lead member   Ben Simpson - lead member

Independent lay justice (magistrate) members: Martyn Griffiths (left) and Ben Simpson (right) 

Members allowances

Both elected and independent Authority members receive a Basic Rate Allowance (BRA).

Special Responsibility Allowances (SRA) are paid to members who take on additional special duties - for example chairmanship of a Committee.

Where appropriate members may also claim allowances for out of pocket expenses, subsistance and a contribution towards childcare or other dependant care costs.

The documents on the right of this page give more detailed information about members allowances.

Useful links

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Police Authority Membership and Structure (outside Greater London)

Home Office - Police website


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Who we Are

Photographs of Members July 2012 (pdf, 120kb)

Member's Allowance Payments

Payment 2011/12 (pdf, 12kb)

Member's Attendance Police Authority Meetings

2011-12 (pdf, 167kb)

Members Allowance Payments

Payment 2010/11 (pdf, 48kb)

Members Attendace record 2010/11

Members Attendace record 2010/11 (pdf, 157kb)

Scheme of Members' Allowances

From 22nd July 2011 (pdf, 64kb)

Schedule 1 to Scheme of Members' Allowances

From 22nd July 2011 (pdf, 26kb)

Schedule 2 to Scheme of Members' Allowances

From 22nd July 2011 (pdf, 18kb)

Schedule 3 to Scheme of Members' Allowances

From 22nd July 2011 (pdf, 14kb)

Schedule 4 to Scheme of Members' Allowances

From 22nd July 2011 (pdf, 35kb)

Schedule 5 to Scheme of Members' Allowances

From 22nd July 2011 (pdf, 16kb)