HMI Wendy Williams CBE

Member of the Advisory Board, Cambridge Judge Business School
HM Inspector of Constabulary

HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

Professional history

Wendy Williams CBE is HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services. She has responsibility for 13 police forces across Wales and the West of England and 11 fire and rescue services in the West of England. She was previously a Chief Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service and a solicitor and partner in private practice. 

Wendy Williams is also the author of the independent Windrush Lessons Learned Review into the Home Office and its handling of events leading up to the Windrush scandal. This was presented to Parliament in 2020. More recently, The Home Secretary invited Wendy to consider the progress made by the department in implementing her 30 recommendations, and her Windrush Lessons Learned Review Progress Update was published in 2022.

In 2020, she was appointed as a Non-executive Director of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. In 2023, Wendy joined the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge’s Close the Gap Advisory Board. She was also appointed as a Commissioner on the Institute for Government’s Commission on the centre of government.

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Encouraging diverse views and remaining true to core values are keys to leadership, says Wendy Williams CBE, who led the report into the UK’s Windrush scandal.

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Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, Advisory Board member and former Dean of Cambridge Judge Business School, advised government review into the Windrush scandal. Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, a member of the Advisory Board and former Dean of Cambridge Judge Business School, was part of an expert Independent Advisory Group (IAG) that supported the recent review into the Windrush scandal of immigration decisions taken by the British government, mostly in the years 2008-18. The Windrush Lessons Learned Review, which examined reports of illegal detention and deportation, was undertaken by Wendy Williams, an inspector with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, who worked with a team drawn mostly from the Home Office of the UK. The nine-member IAG was set up to bring a diverse range of expertise and perspectives to the review on areas such as immigration law, equality, diversity and inclusion, and was described by the review as "an important mechanism in helping to ensure that key issues were fully considered during the review." "During the synthesis stage of the review, the review team drew heavily on the expertise of Independent Advisory Group (IAG) members – both collectively and individually," the report said. "The IAG meetings were…