Dave Spencer is Peer Support Mentor at the College of Policing.  Previously working for Northamptonshire Police, Dave is an experienced police officer with a passion for helping others to develop and succeed. He is used to working with a broad range of people inside and outside of policing, at all levels, and has extensive experience of working at a national level. He is also a qualified performance coach with a real passion for helping others to overcome challenges and achieve their potential.

Whilst at Northamptonshire Police, Dave took part in the first Common Purpose Dishaa; a programme launched by former British Prime Minister David Cameron, that expands, enriches and energises relations between India and the UK.

In late 2017, Dave joined the Local Birmingham Advisory Board for Common Purpose, an important voluntary role which ensures the organization maintains its independence and its diverse and balanced course content, participants and contributors.  The board also supports the work that Common Purpose in Birmingham does developing leaders in the city who can deliver complex change beyond their circle of authority.

We asked Dave why he joined…

“In 2011 I was fortunate to participate on the first Common Purpose Dishaa course.  As a police officer I have attended many leadership courses but this is the one that has made the most significant and lasting impression on me.  Learning through a challenge set within the health profession and working with the most professionally and ethnically diverse group of delegates I have known, stimulated my thinking and opened my eyes to different perspectives, ways of working and thinking.  This has benefitted my working practice and development particularly in my current role providing organisational development support to police forces. 

“My involvement in the Common Purpose Midlands Advisory Group developed from a desire to ‘give back’ and help others experience the Common Purpose magic.  My involvement in supporting the Advisory Group, facilitating Learning Groups and other activities creates a win:win situation as I continue to meet new, interesting and talented professions who I also learn from.”