Meredydd Hughes

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Meredydd John Hughes
Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police
In office
Preceded by Mike Hedges
Succeeded by Robert Dyson QPM
Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police
In office
Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police
In office
Personal details
Born Meredydd John Hughes

Meredydd John Hughes CBE QPM is a retired British police officer. He served as Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police from 1 September 2004[1] to 2011.

Hughes started his career at South Wales Constabulary in 1979, and was transferred to West Yorkshire Police in 1995 to a position of Superintendent. He was promoted in 1999 to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. In 2002 he moved to South Yorkshire Police to take over the position of Deputy Chief Constable, before becoming the force's Chief Constable in 2004.[1] He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 2006 New Year Honours.

During his career Hughes held a number of operational responsibilities, including work as a firearms officer, IT Project manager, and Silver Commander of games held at Leeds United A.F.C. As a senior manager, he was responsible for Operational Support, Uniform Operations, Press & PR, Professional Standards and Information Systems during various stages of his career.[1]

As a member of ACPO, he was the Chair of Roads Policing Enforcement Technology Committee and Vice Chair of the National Operations Forum and Chair of the Drivers Project (placing new databases such as drivers and motor insurance records on PNC), until resigning the post in December 2007.[1]

As Assistant Chief Constable in Greater Manchester, Hughes commanded the planning and delivery of the 2002 Commonwealth Games policing operation. Whilst Chief Constable in South Yorkshire, the Force was rated by the HMIC as one of the four most improved forces in the country.[citation needed] He led the response to the South Yorkshire flooding of 2007,[citation needed] and dealt with a number of major events and incidents[examples needed], retaining his status as a Gold Public Order and Firearms Commander.

Hughes was a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers, serving as ACPO's Head of Roads Policing and then as Head of the Uniformed Operations Business Area. His responsibilities included the oversight of all ACPO's firearms issues, public order, roads policing, specialist operations and emergency planning. He retired having worked on part of the police planning for the 2012 Olympic Games and also oversaw changes to the service following Stockwell and the 2009 G-20 London summit protests.[citation needed]

In 2005 he led the ACPO team co-ordinating the England and Wales resources for the G8 Summit at Gleneagles, and played a role in the national response to the 7 July 2005 London bombings. In 2010 he coordinated the policing of the Papal visit.[citation needed]

He retired from the police service in October 2011, and is a Company Director and Consultant. The Institute of Directors (IoD) named him as "Chartered Director of the Year 2011" in September 2011[2]

Hughes was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours.[3]

Traffic controversy

Hughes received press attention through being prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit in North Wales in May 2007. He received a 42-day driving ban and fine for the offence, imposed by Wrexham Magistrates Court on 5 December 2007. At the time of the offence he was Chair of the Roads Policing Enforcement Technology Committee for ACPO, resigning this position at the time of the court summons. He had also argued for less conspicuous Speed Cameras.[4][5][6][7] In 2006 Hughes was fined £500 by Rotherham Magistrates Court for failing to identify the driver of a South Yorkshire Police vehicle, as a result of him mounting a prosecution against himself.[8]


In 2012, he revealed his intentions to stand as a Labour Party candidate for the South Yorkshire Police Police and Crime Commissioner, despite previously stating the creation of the position was a mistake.[9] The nomination was contested between Hughes, Anglican Priest Alan Billings and Shaun Wright, a magistrate and local councillor. Shaun Wright won the nomination[10] and was subsequently elected as the PCC.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes". South Yorkshire Police. Archived from the original on 16 August 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  2. "Chartered Director winner: Meredydd Hughes, Chief constable, South Yorkshire Police". Director Magazine. November 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 7. 31 December 2011.
  4. "Police chief faces speeding case". BBC News. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  5. "Police chief’s speeding case adjourned". 21 November 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2007. 
  6. "90mph police chief's driving ban". BBC News. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2007. 
  7. "Chief Constable in court for road offences". 5 December 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2007. 
  8. Stokes, Paul (29 December 2006). "Leading traffic officer fined over speed offence". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  9. "Ex-chief constable Meredydd Hughes wants commissioner job". BBC News. BBC. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  10. "Labour’s Shaun Wright hoping to be South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commission.". The Star. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  11. "Labour candidate Shaun Wright elected as Police and Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire". South Yorkshire Police Website. South Yorkshire Police. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
Police appointments
Preceded by
Mike Hedges
Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police
2004 – 2011
Succeeded by
Robert Dyson (acting)