Alison Lowe is the West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC). The DMPC works with the Mayor to oversee policing in the county, on behalf of the public. Other key functions include commissioning services to support those harmed by crime and reduce reoffending, consulting the public to ensure that their views and priorities are taken into account, strengthening links such as inclusive growth and community safety and cohesion.
Alison is a proud Yorkshire lass and has worked in the Voluntary Sector for 30 years, combining this with an interest in local politics and community involvement. Most recently as Chief Executive at Touchstone, a mental health and wellbeing charity based in West and South Yorkshire, she specialised in working with diverse communities. In the 2022 Queen’s New Years Honours List, Alison was awarded an OBE for services to mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19 whilst CEO at Touchstone.
Ms Lowe has also represented Armley on Leeds City Council from 1990 to 2019, as well as serving as Chair of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel for 5 years. Alison is passionate about inclusion as a Black woman and mother of 2 gay children and she will be working with the police to deliver the Mayor's pledge to recruit more diverse police officers and staff. Alison will also support the force more widely on further developing an anti-racist and anti- misogynistic culture to make West Yorkshire an even better place to live and work.
Welcome and Introduction
Introduction to the 3rd Annual Adversity, Trauma and Resilience Knowledge exchange and an overview of the day 1