Following on from the announcement by Chief Constable Serena Williams that a former officer, John Williams has been awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, all at the Anthony Walker Foundation want to say how proud we are to have John in the team as our Chief Operating Officer and Hate Crime Lead.
It is clear to all that John was an exemplary officer and has now brought his experience, skills, commitment, and dedication to the foundation, not to mention his humour, stories, and sheer tenacity as he works with the family, and all colleagues to create a legacy for Anthony. We are lucky to have him.
At the time of his retirement, John had attained the rank of Chief Inspector, becoming Merseyside Police first ever Black Detective Chief Inspector.
John was born in London in 1969 to Jamaican parents who had answered the call to come and help to rebuild Britain after the second World War. He and his parents emigrated back to Jamaica in 1972, due to racism.
John initially joined the AWF to lead our Hate Crime Service that we deliver on behalf of the OPCC, which he has skillfully restructured creating the time and space for him to apply his skills across the Foundation.
As john has said “I hope to use my new role-in the AWF- to work with and challenge those I have left in Merseyside Police, as well as forging a close working relationship with people from underrepresented communities. I count myself as blessed to be working alongside Gee Walker, her family, the wider board, and colleagues at the foundation.”
Dominique Walker, Chair of the AWF
John Denny, Interim CEO for the AWF