Simon Bailey is the Chair of the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER), having taken up the post in September 2021. He retired from policing in June 2021 after 35 years’ service as a police officer, the last eight as Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary. As the National Police Chiefs’ Council Child Protection Lead, Simon led Operation Hydrant, the national co-ordination centre for the non-recent sexual abuse of children in institutions and at the hands of persons in position of public prominence. He also led the service response to the threat of online harms and under his leadership UK policing has been recognised and acknowledged as the best in the world at targeting offenders. Since retiring Simon has been building a portfolio of appointments focused on tackling, exploitation, abuse and vulnerability including the Chair of the Policing Institute for the East Region and Director of Strategic Engagement with the Child Rescue Coalition. Simon was awarded the Queens Police Medal in 2016 and was made a Deputy Lieutenant in Norfolk in 2021. He has Masters’ degree from Cambridge University and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Bedford.