MEET THE TEAM
Vanessa joined West Midlands Police in 1993 and has delivered on a wide range of roles and specialisms across the organisation and across the geography.
Vanessa has worked as a Senior Investigating Officer within Force Criminal Investigation Department, overseeing kidnaps, firearms crimes, attempt murders and crimes within HMP Birmingham. She then worked within the Public Protection Unit overseeing complex child abuse and child deaths.
Vanessa has a range of experience in leading change and improving performance. Vanessa also took a strategic role in successfully uplifting resilience within the Public Protection Unit. Vanessa has also worked in preventative measures in a number of her previous roles. This included previously being a Cyber lead for a large section of Birmingham local policing. She has a passion that prevention remains better than cure.
Vanessa also led on combating corruption and improving standards across sections of the West Midlands Police, working hand in hand with the Professional Standards department for the organisation. She remains passionate about equality and diversity, believing that everybody has a part to play within a team and should be enabled to deliver their best.
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.
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 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