Service Complaints Commissioner, Dr Susan Atkins, with Service personnel [13 KB]
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Service Complaints Commissioner, Dr Susan Atkins, with Servicemen [23 KB]
Dr Atkins has had a wide ranging career which fits her well for the post of the first independent Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces.
trained as a solicitor in local government and was a law academic for 12 years, with a national and international reputation in anti-discrimination law.
joined the civil service in 1989 and held a range of policy and operational jobs, particularly in the fields of criminal justice, personnel and diversity.
In 2003 Dr Atkins was appointed by Ministers to be the first Chief Executive of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a new body charged with delivering greater openness and accessibility for those making complaints against the police and increasing the confidence of the public and police in complaints procedures.
was responsible for setting up the organisation; establishing new systems and working procedures with the police service and others; and for effective management of day-to-day operations.
has a wealth of experience in HR and of dealing with bullying, discrimination and improper behaviour.
Past roles include Deputy Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission
, Departmental Equal Opportunities Officer for the Home Office and Director of the Women and Equality Unit in the Cabinet Office.
Dr Atkins has held a number of non-executive posts, including Visiting Professor at Southampton University, non-executive member of the Board of Strangeways Prison and school governor at a comprehensive school in Portsmouth.
She is currently a non-executive director of the Quality Assurance Agency and of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.