Heather Baily has been the Chair of the SIA since June 2021. Heather spent the majority of her full-time professional career in policing, initially with the Metropolitan Police Service and then later with Hertfordshire Constabulary where she served as an Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for major crime, counter-terrorism and safeguarding. She was the East of England lead for serious and organised crime and led the Constabulary’s response to collaboration with Bedfordshire and later Cambridgeshire police services. As Deputy Chief Constable, she continued to lead on wider collaboration in addition to corporate and legal services and HR.
On leaving policing, Heather took up a role with the Garda Inspectorate in Ireland, inspecting policing services. Since then, she has held posts as a board member with the National Crime Agency and Police Remuneration Review Body and as a non-executive director with the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland. More recently, Heather was a non-executive director and Deputy Chair of Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust, a community and mental health Trust. In this role, she has worked with a range of stakeholders across one of the country’s first Integrated Care Schemes (ICS) to improve safety and health outcomes for the people of Dorset. Her voluntary roles have included work for SSAFA, the armed forces charity supporting both serving and former military personnel and their families and as a Trustee of two Premiership football club community sports Trusts, (Fulham and Watford) working towards supporting young people, mental health and wellbeing initiatives and support for those who are sometimes less visible in our communities.