In his 32 year Police career, Meredydd Hughes served in four of the largest UK Forces and on secondment to the Home Office. He has extensive and comprehensive experience in both territorial and specialist uniformed operational policing with an emphasis on the leadership of large scale public and sporting events, critical incidents, public order, roads policing and firearms operations. A Chief Police Officer since 1999 in Greater Manchester, he commanded the successful planning and delivery of the Commonwealth Games. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in South Yorkshire in September 2002, and appointed as Chief Constable on 1 September 2004. Under his leadership, the Force became rated by the HMIC as one of the four most improved forces in the Country. He led the response to the South Yorkshire flooding of 2006, and oversaw a number of successful major events and incidents, retaining his status as a Gold Public Order and Firearms Commander. Nationally he represented the Association of Chief Police Officers as the Head of Roads Policing, and for over 5 years as Head of the Unformed Operations Business Area. His responsibilities included the oversight of all Police firearms issues, public order, roads policing, specialist operations and emergency planning. He delivered a key strand of Police planning for the 2012 Olympic Games, and also the operational policy and guideline changes to the service following London Stockwell and the “G20” Disorder in London. In 2005, he led the ACPO team co-ordinating the England and Wales resources for the G8 Summit at Gleneagles; and played a leading role in the national response to the 7th July bombings in London. In 2010 he coordinated the policing of the Papal visit to the UK. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2006 New Year Honours List the Institute of Directors awarded him the “Chartered director of the Year Award “for 2011, and in the 2012 New Year Honours List received a CBE.
About Our Team
Saher (UK) Ltd's Directors come from both senior policing and commercial backgrounds thus blending practical operational policing and security needs with the needs of companies in both the public and private sector. We understand the need to cut costs and not corners when it comes to security.
In addition to the core Director team, its Associates are all experts in their fields. They are experienced in dealing with a variety of security related issues including crisis management, counter terrorism, training and evaluation and other aspects of policing operations. This operational expertise is supplemented and enhanced by expertise in the fields of ethics and legal issues where a particular focus on biometrics / border control and eJustice is required.
Complementing this expertise, Saher has considerable expertise in both the design and delivery of national and EU funded projects. They have access to an extensive network of key personnel from within the police service and academia making them ideally placed to form the bridge between end users and the wider research community to ensure research activity meet policing and law enforcement needs.
The addition of legal and ethical expertise from Academia within the company means Saher (UK) Ltd possesses both academic and police legal / ethical expertise and is uniquely placed to ensure security research activities are innovative, operationally robust, commercially viable and ethically / legally sound.