Michelle Skeer is the Chief Constable in Cumbria.
Michelle joined Cumbria Constabulary in February 1990 having completed a degree course in History and Media at Leeds. She performed a variety of uniform operational roles before moving into the criminal investigation department. Within the criminal investigation department Michelle held roles at every rank and led on both public protection and serious crime operations. In 2007 Michelle was appointed Director of Professional Standards for the Constabulary where she was responsible for Anti-Corruption, Public Complaints, Disclosure, Information Security and Data Protection issues.
Following successful completion of the National Strategic Command Course in 2009 Michelle applied for and was appointed to the position of Assistant Chief Constable in Cumbria taking responsibility for all operational policing matters. Michelle has led the Change Management Programme successfully delivering the significant required budget savings. Michelle performed the role of Gold commander during the floods of 2009. Michelle is the Chair of the Constabulary Valuing Individuals Group with a focus on internal issues.
Michelle is the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for the Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders, a role she is passionate about. This role requires close working with a number of different agencies including the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and the Home Office.
Michelle received the Queens Policing Medal (QPM) for her distinguished service in the News Years honours list, December 2017.
She is married to a retired police officer, has three children and lives in Cumbria.