A Cumbrian by birthright, Ian joined Humberside Police in February 2008. He was appointed to South Yorkshire Police in November 2010. Ian was the first joint ACO (HR) appointed in the Police Service and, as such, he works for and supports both South Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police at senior command level. He is responsible for leading the HR and Training functions of both forces. Prior to this Ian had a background in the military, other police services, and has held HR directorships in both the private sector and NHS.
After joining the army and serving in the Infantry for 10 years, Ian attended University achieving an MBA, he also gained a MSc in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations at UMIST.
He has held the senior positions of Human Resources Director in both food manufacturing and the NHS. Prior to this Ian had previous experience of the police service in both Essex Police and Lancashire Constabulary in various equality and HR roles.
A Fellow Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, he is married to Sue and they have a young daughter Elizabeth. Ian's hobbies include jogging with his two black Labrador dogs, sailing the Drascombe longboat, gardening, reading and watching rugby union.
Mr Watson is responsible for Joint HR Serivce for Humberside Police and South Yorkshire Police.