Office of the Commissioner

Meet the team

Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend stands outside office in front of sign with office logo

Lisa Townsend

Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey

As Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, Lisa is responsible for overseeing the work of Surrey Police, holding the Chief Constable to account on your behalf, and funding key services that strengthen community safety and support victims. One of the key tasks of your Commissioner is to set the Police and Crime Plan for the county, that outlines the priority areas for the Force...

Ellie Vesey-Thompson

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey

Ellie supports the Commissioner to fulfil her daily duties including attending meetings, informing decisions and working with the office and Surrey Police to achieve progress against the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan. Ellie is responsible for leading the Commissioner’s focus on the safety of children and young people in Surrey and for supporting Surrey Police’s focus on preventing and responding to rural crime...

Our small but dedicated office helps the Commissioner to carry out her role effectively and provide the best service possible to residents:

Our Senior Management Team

Alison Bolton

Alison Bolton

Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer

Kevin Melton

Kelvin Menon

Chief Finance Officer

Lisa Herrington

Lisa Herrington

Head of Policy and Commissioning

Damian Markland

Damian Markland

Head of Performance and Governance

Nathan Rees

Nathan Rees

Head of Communications and Engagement

Our Teams


Sailesh Limbachia
Complaints, Compliance and Equality and Diversity Lead

Nick Wainwright
Complaints Review Manager 

Gary Wood
Contact and Correspondence Officer

Office Management

Rachel Lupanko
Office Manager

Sarah Gordon
PA to the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner

Dawn Lewis
PA to the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner

Johanna Burne
Senior Strategic Projects Officer


Lisa Herrington
Head of Policy and Commissioning

Sarah Haywood
Serious Violence Programme Lead

Lauren McAlister
Partnership and Community Safety Lead

Molly Slominski
Partnership and Community Safety Officer

Craig Jones
Policy and Commissioning Lead for Criminal Justice

George Bell
Criminal Justice Policy and Commissioning Officer

Erika Dallinger
Independent Custody Visitor Scheme Manager

Lucy Thomas 
Policy and Commissioning Lead for Victim Services

Louise Andrews
VAWG Policy and Commissioning Officer

Emma Price
Strategic Analyst

Communications & Strategy

Nathan Rees
Head of Communications and Engagement 

Alex Winter
Communications Manager

James Smith
Communications and Engagement Officer

Johanna Burne
Senior Strategic Projects Officer

Herval Almenoar-Webster
National Policy Officer

Commissioner’s Forward Plan

Read the Commissioner’s Forward Plan that outlines key decisions and actions that the Commissioner and our Office plan to take in the coming months.

Equality and diversity

Women account for 59% of the substantive employees of the OPCC staff team. Currently, one member of staff is from an ethnic minority background (5% of staff total) and 9% of staff have declared a disability as described by section 6 of the Equality Act 2010(1).

Read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Procedure 2022 on our Policies page.

Additional employment information

The salary for the Chief Executive is £85,555 (£110,000 FTE).  The salary for the Chief Finance Officer is £92,000.

View the disclosable interests of the Chief Executive here. You can also view Alison’s expenses for 2022/23 (will download as a new file).

Information about the salary, expenses and rules and requirements of your Police and Crime Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner can be found on our roles and responsibilities and Deputy Commissioner pages.

In addition to the posts listed above, the Commissioner is also employer of two members of Surrey Police’s finance team. This is a technical arrangement made to comply with law and the two staff remain under the day-to-day management of Surrey Police. The OPCC for Surrey has no arrangements to make use of the staff of other local authorities.

View our Staff Structure Chart.

You can see more information on the number of Commissioner’s staff within each salary range in the table below:

*these are part-time and as such, actual salaries may be lower than the band indicated.

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