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Linda Van Den Hende - Chair

I have spent my working life in the Public Sector, Local Government, a short stint in the Health Service and latterly the Metropolitan Police. My last employed role was with the Met Police where amongst other roles, I was the Director of Occupational Health for four years, worked as the HR advisor of Police Reform and latterly the Director of the Strategic Disability Unit, which I set up and lead for two years. During this time, I had a national role in the police for disability, mental health and Occupational Health.

I spent my last five years of work as a self-employed HR/Management Consultant working in the police service, mainly for the Association of Chief Police Officers (it has since changed its name) where I led on national negotiations for police pay and conditions. During this period, I worked on specific projects in several police forces and the Home Office through the UK. I ceased working in 2010.

I am an elected councillor for the Residents Association in Havering since 2006. I was Mayor of Havering 2017/8. I undertake work for the Local Government Association, previously as Deputy Chair of the Workforce Board and an employer side representative on JNC/NJCs for various staff groups.

I am now an LGA Regional Peer for London and the South East. I have been a school governor for over 30 years in various schools, including Chair in a Special School for 10. I have served on the Havering Stop and Search monitoring Group for 12 years, as Chair and now as Vice-Chair. I am a member of Havering’s Independent Advisory Group for Police matters and the local police ward panel. I also serve as an Appropriate Adult for police custody.

I sit as a Trustee on the Board of two local charities, First Step and Havering Volunteer Centre. I am also a Rotarian and married to a very supportive retired police office, have one son and one granddaughter.