Next Lunchtime Talk: Stephen Otter (HMIC) - 26 February

Next Lunchtime Talk: Stephen Otter (HMIC) - 26 February

Learning from Group Relations and how that is applied to the inspection process.

Continuing the 2014 series we welcome Stephen Otter, HMIC, to our popular lunchtime talk series.

Wednesday 26 February 2014 at 1.00pm
Stephen Otter (HMIC)
Learning from Group Relations and how that is applied to the inspection process

As it is announced that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies will begin a new programme of regular force inspection, Stephen Otter, HMIC, will use this lunchtime talk to ask how his experiential learning through the Tavistock Institute’s Group Relation tradition is offering insight to the way he approaches the inspection process. The work of an Inspector involves entering into different policing organisations and systems in order to make sense of what is working, what isn’t, what might be improved upon. Yet the inspection process brings with it complex feelings and dynamics that can shield the Inspectorate from the real issues and challenges at stake and from any meaningful organisational learning. Stephen will draw on his experience of working both as a member and as a consultant at the Leicester conference and offer us some of the questions this raises for him in this emotionally charged organisational setting.

Stephen Otter QPM is one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary. His previous career was with the police, starting in 1982 in the Thames Valley Police before moving to the Royal Hong Kong Police as an inspector – where he led teams in CID and ‘vice’ – tackling the unlawful sex trade and drugs supply. Stephen then spent 13 years in the Metropolitan Police Service where his career ranged across operational postings in central London, leadership roles at large scale public order events and strategic roles at New Scotland Yard, leaving the force at the rank of Commander to serve as Assistant and Deputy Chief Constable in Avon and Somerset Constabulary; and then Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police from 2007 and 2012 when he joined HMIC. He is a former client of the Tavistock Institute and has worked as a consultant at the Leicester Conference.

If you would like to attend this talk please send an email to talks@tavinstitute.org with your name, the talk date and title.

Every third Wednesday at the Tavistock Institute, staff, associates, trustees and partners have come together for these informal talks. Now as we enter the sixth year of talks we are looking to widen this community and to explore the possibilities for development and new thought through engaging with a wider audience.

You are welcome to bring your own lunch.

For more information on upcoming and previous talks, how to book or get more involved go to the dedicated Food for Thought webpages.

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