Denise Nathan – Director

Denise Nathan is a management consultant specialising in personal development programmes. She currently provides programmes for SPNAC, Fast Track and Direct Entry and coaching for personal development.

Prior to setting up her own consultancy she was a member of the directing staff at the National Police College, Bramshill. She worked with a number of command courses and won a National Training award for her work at the College.

Craig Denholm – Consultant

Craig Denholm works as a consultant providing executive coaching to senior public sector leaders. He has extensive experience in developing and mentoring senior police officers. He is a trained Senior PNAC assessor and has acted as chair during Senior PNAC selection processes.

Craig has acted as an advisor during the development of PNAC exercises and been commissioned to independently validate new post graduate level degree courses. Before moving into consultancy Craig served as senior police officer, his last post being Deputy Chief Constable with Hampshire Constabulary.

He has extensive policing experience, both operational and in strategic development. He has also designed and led numerous internal senior selection processes. He served as chief police officer in three forces, including Commander in the Metropolitan Police Service.

Sue Harrison – Consultant

Sue retired from Essex Police in 2013 as the Assistant Chief Constable for Special Operations, having completed over 30 years in the police service. For the last thirteen years Sue has been successfully mentoring and coaching officers and police staff from a wide selection of Forces helping individuals to achieve their goals and career aspirations.

Sue also provides specialist support and assistance to women, BME and Direct Entry clients, using her extensive experience to help such client’s maximize their potential in policing.

Sue is a professionally qualified coach and trainer. She is also a trained and experienced mentor, assessor and facilitator. Sue commenced working for DNC in 2014.

Ben Eccles – Consultant

Benedict Eccles has developed a strong career as an international training consultant working in organisational Governance, Strategic Planning and Management in policing sectors.

He has worked with a broad client base including DFID, F&CO, EU, Home Office, international governments and national police training bodies.

He specialising in creating experiential learning opportunities through the use of video, role play and critical incidents for assessment centres. He has prepared senior officers for media interviews, SPNAC and senior appointments over the past 6 years. He is qualified in ability and psychological testing with the British Psychological Society.

Jenny McKibben – Consultant

Jenny has been a consultant for Denise Nathan since September 2015, offering specialist assessment, coaching and independent facilitation. She is also an Independent Selection Panel Member and Chair for the Judicial Appointments Commission. She was a senior selection assessor for the National Police Improvement Agency (now College of Policing) from 2008 – 2012 working in assessment centres for Senior PNAC and HPDS. In previous roles she has been the national Stakeholder Lead for HMCTS and Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk and led transformational team development work at both organisations. Jenny has facilitated a wide range of community and specialist meetings, and brokered new multi-agency partnerships and collaborative funding arrangements. She also taught at the University of Brighton. Jenny has extensive experience of senior selection and appointments, for both chief officer appointments and senior civilian staff such as Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer.

Jenny is a member of the NHS Health Services & Delivery Research Board, and provides freelance consultancy in strategy and partnership development to not for profit organisations. She is a trustee of Revolving Doors Agency – a charity addressing multiple and complex needs, and a trustee of the Sue Lambert Trust for victims of sexual abuse.

Derek Benson QPM – Consultant

Derek Benson served as a police officer for thirty years, working for the Metropolitan Police Service and Essex Police, which he left in November 2015 as the Deputy Chief Constable.

Derek is an experienced assessor having been involved in recruitment and selection processes up to the executive level including SPNAC, as well as in multi-agency partnerships. He began working with DNC in 2015.

Dr Valerie Morris

Val is our psychologist specialising in psychometric testing and assessment. Val was Director of the Career Development Centre at the National Police College, Bramshill.

She has assisted in preparing candidates for the SPNAC assessment process for the last 12 years.

Eileen Arney 

Eileen Arney is an experienced facilitator and has trained and practised as an executive coach and mentor. She has designed and delivered personal development and leadership programmes and team development programmes, including for senior police officers.

She has worked in senior management roles, including as Assistant Director at Bramshill and as a senior civil servant in the Home office’s police department and was Teaching Director for Masters Programmes at the Open University Business School. She has had considerable experience of assessment and selection both as an assessment centre assessor and as a member of interview panels.

Eileen has had a number of articles published on coaching and talent development and is the author of Learning for Organisation Development (Kogan Page 2016) and co-author of Managing People (Routledge 2015).

Alec Wood

Alec Wood was Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary and retired in 2018, after serving for over 32 years in three police forces. He has extensive operational and strategic policing experience and was the national lead for specialist policing operations for the National Police Chiefs Council, identifying best practice and setting national policies.

Alec has acted as advisor in the design and evaluation of Senior PNAC exercises and has chaired senior national selection processes. He has also interviewed and appointed a number of serving chief officers and senior police staff in various police forces.

In 2016 Alec was invited to participate in the prestigious Windsor Leadership Developing Leaders Programme, focussing on transforming individual and organisational performance in a complex environment.

Alec has mentored a number of aspiring and serving chief officers, helping them to develop and maximise their potential. He now works for Denise Nathan Consultancy as a consultant providing coaching and training for senior leaders and leadership teams.