Wendy Williams CBE
HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services
Wendy Williams CBE
Wendy Williams CBE, a solicitor, was a partner in a defence firm before joining HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI). In 2003 she joined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as the Legal Director of the CPS London North Sector before becoming the Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Northumbria and the North East Region.
In 2015, Wendy was appointed as HM Inspector at HMIC (now HMICFRS) and has responsibility for 13 police forces across Wales and the West of England and 11 fire and rescue services in the West of England.
Wendy is the Senior Responsible Officer for HMICFRS’s Criminal Justice Joint Inspections portfolio and the rolling programme of custody inspections, which involves working with other criminal justice inspectorates, such as HM Inspectorate of Probation, HMCPSI, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission and the equivalent Welsh inspectorates, across a range of criminal justice issues.
Wendy is committed to improving the criminal justice response to vulnerable people and has published a number of reports highlighting areas of concern such as: rape, child protection, the police response to honour-based violence, missing children, harassment and stalking, modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as a joint inspection of the disclosure of unused material.
Wendy Williams is the author of the independent Windrush Lessons Learned Review into the Home Office and its handling of events leading up to what became known as the Windrush scandal. This was presented to Parliament in 2020. More recently, the Home Secretary invited Wendy back to consider the progress made by the department in implementing her 30 recommendations, and her Windrush Lessons Learned Review Progress Update was published in 2022.
In 2020, she was appointed as a Non-executive Director of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. In 2023, Wendy joined the Advisory Board for the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, as well as the Oxford and Cambridge Universities’ Close the Gap Advisory Board. She was also appointed as a Commissioner for the Institute for Government’s Commission on the centre of government.
Wendy Williams is the senior responsible owner of:
Regional role for police forces
Wendy Williams is His Majesty’s Inspector of the Constabulary for the Wales and Western Region and deals with the following forces:
- Avon and Somerset Constabulary
- Devon and Cornwall Police
- Dorset Police
- Dyfed-Powys Police
- Gloucestershire Constabulary
- Gwent Police
- North Wales Police
- South Wales Police
- Staffordshire Police
- Warwickshire Police
- West Mercia Police
- West Midlands Police
- Wiltshire Police.
Regional role for fire & rescue services
Wendy Williams is His Majesty’s Inspector of the Fire & Rescue Services for the following fire & rescue services:
- Avon Fire and Rescue Service
- Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service
- Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
- Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service
- Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
- Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service
- Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
- West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service