We Stand Together

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins

Ian joined Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in April 2008 on promotion to Assistant Chief Constable. He started his career in Staffordshire Police in 1989 and has served in Northamptonshire and Cheshire Police. In 2011 he undertook a three-month secondment as syndicate director for the Strategic Command Course.

He was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of GMP in December 2011 with responsibility for Force performance, the Force Change Programme and Corporate Communications. He was appointed as Chief Constable of GMP in October 2015.


Freya Lewis has been praised for raising a huge amount for the hospital that saved her life after she was caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing.

We’re delighted to welcome Freya to Team High Sheriff.


Freya Lewis
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Read about Azeem in his bio.

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Carl Austin-Behan joins Team High Sheriff having recently been appointed as the LGBT Advisor to the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. Carl served in the Royal Airforce as a firefighter and during active service he received a number of awards and recognition for his bravery, including the RAF Safety Centre’s Good Show Award and the Royal Humane Society’s award. He was mentioned in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1996, with a Commander In Chief’s commendation. Always active in the community, including 14 years in the Boys’ Brigade as a youngster, Carl’s voluntary roles include supporting the Northern Air Hospital Radio and Gaydio, an LGBT station. His two charity treks in Malawi raised over 100,000 for children with HIV, and a trek to Everest Base Camp in 2013 raised £25,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity he regularly supports.

Carl is also an ambassador for Manchester Pride; President of Contact Theatre; Trustee for We Stand Together charity; and works with various LGBTQ+ charities. He is passionate about promoting diversity, equality and inclusion within our communities. Leaving Manchester City Council earlier this year, Carl is embarking on new challenges and opportunities to do just that.

Carl Austin