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Mr Damian Kearney


Damien Kearney

Following service in the Royal Air Force within the UK and overseas, Damian Kearney spent 25 years as a police officer, working as a senior detective across intelligence, public protection and major crime. As a Detective Superintendent, Damian led the development of the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, managing staff providing specialist covert capabilities to the region.

As an Assistant Chief Constable, Damian was responsible for counter terrorism, organised crime and forensics, leading a large workforce throughout the five police forces based in the south-west of England. Following this, Damian was appointed as a Director within the national policing inspectorate, leading specialist inspections across the UK and in British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

Following retirement from policing in late 2019, Damian has developed a portfolio of lay member and non-executive roles. He now works as an independent tribunal member, a lay member of several regulatory bodies, an independent member of the Parole Board for England & Wales, and a specialist member of the National Safeguarding Panel for Sport, alongside his own company providing safeguarding and workplace dispute resolution services.

Committee membership

  • VN Preliminary Investigation Committee – appointed 2021

Declaration of interests


  • DK Independent Ltd - Owner / Director: This is my own company providing safeguarding and workplace bullying advice, consultancy and support.


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Appointments to other bodies

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - Lay Member of Disciplinary Committee, Admissions & Licencing Committee and Audit Monitoring Committee 
  • Sport Resolutions - Specialist Member – National Safeguarding Panel for Sport
  • Age Check Certification Scheme - Non-Executive Member – Impartiality Panel
  • Parole Board for England & Wales - Independent Member
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales - Lay Member, Conduct Committee
  • Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal - Lay Member

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

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  • Director – Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (2019)

  • Assistant Chief Constable – South West Police Collaboration (2018-2019)

  • Police Officer – Avon & Somerset Constabulary (1995 – 2018)

  • Police Officer - Sussex Police (1995 – 2000)

  • Royal Air Force (1987 – 1995)

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

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Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

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Other relevant information

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