Carl Foulkes, QPM, MA

On leaving the Royal Navy in 1993, Carl joined the British Transport Police in London and served in uniform roles up to the rank of Chief Inspector across the capital. As a member of the specialist operation team, he was recognised for his work at the Potters bar, Hatfield, and Selby rail crashes, as well as significant public order events in Bradford and London.


Transferring to West Midlands Police in 2003, he held a variety of roles in uniform and CID up to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable.


Promoted to be the Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside in 2014, Carl was accountable for the day-to-day delivery of policing and the force’s performance against the policing plan.


He was also able to take his passion for diversity to a national level when he took over leadership of the UK policing approach to gender.


Carl came home to Wales in 2018 as Chief Constable of North Wales Police, responsible for police officers, staff, and volunteers serving the communities of North Wales.


Carl took on responsibility as National Police Chiefs Council lead for the national equality, diversity, and inclusion program during one of the most challenging periods in recent history.


Carl led the UK policing response to the “HeForShe” initiative working with the United Nations “women’s” portfolio to improve policing both in the UK and across the globe.


Carl was hugely honoured to be recognised with the Queen’s Police Medal in 2019 for services to policing. Retiring from policing after 30 year’s service in October 2022 Carl has continued to work in the public sector on a variety of projects such as supporting under-represented groups in joining policing, leading the Welsh Government commissioned work on Police devolution, and lecturing on diversity, equality, and inclusion. Carl is also the chair of trustees at a local charity in North Wales focussed on ensuring our children are safe.