Having launched and led the VERU for three years, Kimberley embarked on a six-month secondment late last year, to join the NPCC as Delivery Lead for the national Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) campaign.
Following our recent funding settlement from the Home Office, we have been able to review the structure of the VERU creating the opportunity for a full-time director, much like many other VRUs.
Kimberley's appointment will see her take over from T/Assistant Chief Constable, Sharn Basra, who held the post part-time.
Though Kimberley isn't due back until later next month, it's only right we share her thoughts on the new role.
A message from Kimberley
“As many of you know, this unit and the work we do is something that is very dear to me. Having led the VERU since its conception, stepping aside to join the VAWG Taskforce was a difficult decision, but an incredible opportunity that couldn't be passed up!
"I really am thrilled to be returning the unit, and though I have still been very much involved and a part of the activity that has been taking place, the time away has given me a new and more intense passion to make an impact.
"In just three years, we have made huge strides in this field and much of it is down to building strong and efficient partnerships. This approach has led to our work being noticed not only across the county, but on a national level too. We remain extremely grateful for our core and close partners.
"As I'm sure you will agree, we are now at the point where gently navigating in this space is no longer applicable. It's imperative that we as a unit and also as partners, continue to see tangible, positive changes in how we as agencies work together to protect our young and vulnerable people by tackling violence and exploitation.
"There are fantastic times ahead, and I really look forward to all that we'll achieve together."
We have no doubt that you will join us in congratulating Kimberley on the appointment!