Managing the Collection is a part-time Development and Operations Manager, Miranda Stevens. Assisting her is a group of volunteers, who continue to catalogue the Collection and respond to public enquiries.

Miranda Stevens – Development and Operations Manager


Current Trustees

John Casson MBE (Chairman)

With a career centred on policing, law enforcement and international security, John is a businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, fundraiser and author who has many varied interests.

After eight happy and memorable years as a Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Police Officer he fulfilled his ultimate career ambition by forming his own global security company, Securewest International, of which he is Chairman.

Securewest International specialises in maritime security, travel risk management and operating in difficult and high-risk areas around the world.

John is the Chairman of the John Casson Foundation which supports children’s charities and worthwhile causes, Co-Chairman of the Russian Arctic Convoy Project and Museum at Loch Ewe in Scotland and board member of Terrorism Information New York Group.

In Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2019 John was awarded an MBE for services to charity, worthwhile causes and the community.

William Tupman (Secretary)

Bill Tupman is Visiting Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at BPP University, Holborn, London, running a module in Investigation Law and Practice in the LLM programme. He was Director of the Centre for Police and Criminal Justice, at Exeter, running an MA in Police Studies, retaining an Honorary Fellowship in the Department of Politics since his retirement.

He is also an associate Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University. He is social media officer and a member of the executive of the Standing Group on Organised Crime of the European Consortium for Political Research. Author of Policing Western Europe; Uniform in Diversity, he has published widely on terrorism, organised crime and international police responses.

He has a long-standing connection with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, teaching on courses for Sergeants and Inspectors during the 1970s and 80s and cooperating in research projects.

Bill Skelly QPM

Bill joined Devon and Cornwall Police from Police Scotland in 2013 as Deputy Chief Constable. He has been a serving police officer since 1990, starting his career with Lothian and Borders Police and completing the command course at Bramshill in 2004. In 2014 he worked on the safety and security of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Bill was appointed Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police in November 2016, commencing his role in February 2017.

Jim Gale

Jim Gale is a serving Police Chief Superintendent with Devon and Cornwall Police, having joined the Special Constabulary in 1994 and the regular force in 1995. He holds MA and PhD degrees in policing-related subjects from Exeter University, and has a powerful sense of identity with both the Constabulary and Communities in the South West. Moreover, Jim has a deep seated conviction that he is standing on the shoulders of giants from the policing-past, and that the unique nature of the collection holds valuable insights for tackling today’s policing challenges.

Chris Wilkes

Chris Wilkes is a Visiting Research Fellow of Law, Criminology and Government at Plymouth University, and heads Commercial Operations and Education at one of the South West’s premier tourist attractions, Bodmin Jail. With a wide remit of responsibility from operations at a 175,000 visitor-strong attraction, to writing and delivering a broad place-based education programme, to historical content creator and operator liaison for the largest private leisure development south of Bristol, he brings a wealth of knowledge and commercial expertise to the board.

Sandy Goscomb

Sandy Goscomb is the Director of Finance and Resources for Devon & Cornwall Police. Sandy is qualified as an accountant and as a chartered secretary. She sits as a member of the Force Executive Team and advises the Chief Constable on the proper administration of the Force’s finance. She also has responsibility for the delivery of IT, Fleet, Administration and Procurement within the Force.

Sandy is delighted to represent the Force as a Trustee, to help promote and protect policing heritage.

Ulrike Richards

Ulrike Sabrina Richards started out as a political economist with a research interest in financial crime and European direct taxation.

She is currently the Development and Partnership Manager for Health & Society at the University of Plymouth. Her remit includes project development and management in the areas of Public and Mental Health, Health Professions, Social Sciences and Psychology as well as liaising with third sector and industry, and key partners in the city and the region.

Ulrike has an extensive background in partnership building, national and international funding, research strategy and economic development.

Steve Pearce DL QPM

After a career in the police spanning 37 years, Steve retired as an Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police at the end of 2003. He had served in a number of roles throughout both Counties including as-the divisional commander for Plymouth.

He was awarded the Queens Police Medal for his work in supporting the communities of Devon and Cornwall and shortly after retirement he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon.

Since retiring from the Police, he has been involved with a number of local voluntary and charitable organisations including Victim Support, Plymouth Race Equality Council and as a Governor at the University of Plymouth. He is currently a Trustee of Hamoaze, a drugs and alcohol rehabilitation charity in Devonport; a member of the National Advisory Board of Crimestoppers and a Trustee of Plymouth Drake Foundation.

Nikita Preston

Richard Ward

Dr Richard Ward is a Lecturer in Digital History at the University of Exeter, with a research interest in the history of crime in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain.

After completing his Ph.D. in History at the University of Sheffield, Richard worked as a postdoctoral research associate on projects funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, before joining the University of Exeter in 2017.

Richard’s publications include Print Culture, Crime and Justice in Eighteenth-Century London (Bloomsbury, 2014) and A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Richard is particularly interested in how digital technologies can enhance public engagement with, and the impact of, crime history.

Ex-officio Board Members

Pam Giles (Lead Volunteer, Devon and Cornwall Police Heritage Collection)

Miranda Stevens (Development and Operations Manager, Devon and Cornwall Police Heritage Collection)

Alistair Stone (Archivist, Devon and Cornwall Police Heritage Collection)

Beth Thomas (Fundraising and Grants Consultant)

Irene Andrews (South West Heritage Trust)