Liz Mead

As a Detective Chief Superintendent for Bedfordshire Police, the most Senior Detective in the Force, Liz led a complex portfolio of volume, serious and major crime investigations and this was built upon many years of experience as a detective, putting victims and the vulnerable at the heart of everything she did whilst ensuring that offenders were brought to justice.  

 Liz drove lasting cultural change initiatives to improve performance, wellbeing, employee engagement and quality standards across the board whilst embedding the Code of Ethics, creating an award-winning approach to increasing employee engagement and raising performance levels.

Nationally, Liz has worked on unlocking the potential of under-represented groups in policing through delivery on the Aspire Programme at the College of Policing and is an advocate for equality.

Liz was born in Luton and always lived and worked in Bedfordshire, her love of sports came from her family, with her parents owning a Sports shop called Kick Off! Her Dad played Youth and reserve Team Football at Tottenham in the 1960s and supports both Spurs and Luton. Liz has never played football – tennis being the sport where she represented Bedfordshire in her teens.

Liz will say that her career has had many hi-lights where she has seen the very best of humanity and lows where sadly incidents have shown the very worst of society where it is a struggle to see how someone can cause so much pain and suffering to others especially those that they purport to love.

Policing was her life for 30 years and as Liz approaches retirement she will be taking time to consider her next steps but wishes to support young people, inspire them to achieve and just like the ethos of KickOff@3, show that #WeBelieve. With the career that Liz has had it is no surprise that she supports the work of Embrace – Child Victims of Crime ( in their work to make a difference supporting children, young people and families who are victims of crime.