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MEET THE TEAM

ALISON HURST

Director 

Alison joined the West Midlands Police in 1995 and since that time has performed a variety of roles across the West Midlands area.

 
Over the last six years Alison has completed training as a Senior Investigating Officer and has worked on the Public Protection Unit across both the adult and child abuse thematics. During this time Alison has been working closely with both internal and external partners building strong relationships across the statutory partnerships to ensure the most vulnerable are protected.

 

More recently Alison has had responsibility for the strategic management of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, serious and complex child abuse investigation teams, as well as the Force investigations for reports of online grooming and distribution of indecent images.

 

Alison has experience of leading and delivering change, including leading on the Force Criminal Investigation and volume crime project strands on a two year Force change programme designed to restructure the police crime portfolio to maximise efficiency and outcomes to victims.

MICHELLE OHREN

Head of Cyber and Innovation

Michelle has been in policing since 1996, and within CID since 1999, this has given her a wealth of experience in policing all different crime types over the years.   She is the Deputy Senior Investigating Officer for the UK’s largest human trafficking investigation, which began as new legislation was being introduced, and this crime type was an unknown area of business in policing and communities.  Michelle worked closely with other organisations and charities to provide the necessary support to victims, and the investigation team while raising awareness of this crime type.  

 

Michelle became one of the West Midlands Police modern slavery advisors at a Force level, assisting officers across geographical and often regional boundaries.  This entailed developing relationships and working closely with many different policing departments both in and out of the Force area; as well as multiple outside organisations and NGO’s in partnership.  This has given her a good basis to building long standing working relationships which she can bring to her role in the CRC.

Danielle Healy

Membership and Services Advisor

Danielle joins the West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre as the Membership and Service Advisor, to help businesses in the region benefit from the wealth of cyber guidance and services that the centre has to offer. Having worked as a client executive in the technology sector for over 10 years Danielle has a wealth of experience in supporting small to medium businesses through championing a no jargon approach.  

 

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys fitness training.

Alina-Valentina Plesea

Alina-Valentina began working as an Intern with the Cyber Resilience Centre for the West Midlands in September 2021 in the role of Client Relationship Manager.

 

Alongside her role, Alina is currently studying for her Criminology and Psychology degree at Coventry University and is a Police Cadet Leader with West Midlands Police.

Client Relationship Manager