My name is Lisa Collins, I am the Chair of the Police Powers Scrutiny Panel. I volunteered for this role because I am passionate about community issues.
In my working life I was once the lead council officer for the Tenants Scrutiny Panel for Swindon Borough Council. Meeting regularly and listening to the tenants’ views and ideas. During my time at the council, I worked very hard with the tenants and through improving our relationships and some honesty I managed to change the perception of the group internally and the perception of the Council Services to the Tenants.
So, I understand the importance of "outside" review and support and how, when managed well it can be of real benefit to the service users, or in this instance to the community the police support.
In my professional life I have held the role of Head of Operations for many years across various fields. Previously for Swindon Borough Council I was (amongst many other services) responsible for the Complaints for Adults and Children’s Social care, and for the Operations of the Emergency Welfare Fund. Meeting with tenants and customers face to face to understand their situations and to ensure the right outcomes were found.
More recently I have been working in the field of Transport Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Enforcement. Within the last few weeks, I have moved into a role related to rail infrastructure.
I have lived in Wiltshire most of my life but have spent a few years living in Slough and Hemel Hempstead; this time was very worthwhile but made me very grateful for the wonderful countryside we have here in Wiltshire.
In my spare time I am very busy being a full-time working mum and owner of two energetic dogs!
My goal as part of the panel is to support Wiltshire Police with continual service improvement, increasing my own knowledge of the community and the issues we face.
In the future I would like to pursue a volunteer role as a Magistrate. As a volunteer chair of this panel I am learning valuable skills and exposing myself to situations which will support my abilities in my future once I get there!