Lionel has the following to say about Jonathon Seed in his bid to become Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon.
"Jonathon is a hardworking councillor with an in-depth awareness of politics locally and nationally. As a councillor he has worked closely with Wiltshire Police and has an clear understanding of their role. As a former Major in the British Army he is aware of the particular demands of working in a uniform service, and of the value of civilian support staff. As a local business man he understands the need for budgetary control which is so important within a modern police service. With his political expertise Jonathon would be an asset to the Wiltshire Police in the necessary representations to the Home Office on behalf of the force. Importantly he is a person who gets things done.
In my professional opinion Jonathon Seed would be an excellent Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire who is able to work effectively with the senior management of the force. I have no hesitation in endorsing his candidacy for this role.
Lionel Grundy has known Jonathon Seed for over ten years. As Leader of Kennet District Council he worked closely with Jonathon as a fellow councillor and, upon the demise of district councils locally, as a Cabinet Member in Wiltshire Council."
Lionel Grundy OBE
Lionel Grundy was a police officer for 38 years, serving in four police forces and experiencing all types of policing - uniform patrol, traffic patrols, criminal investigation, special branch and senior police management. He served in Wiltshire Police as Assistant, and Deputy Chief Constable before secondment to a senior position in the Home Office Police Department. Upon his retirement in 1992 he was appointed as Inspector General, U.K.Overseas Territories police Forces and Senior Police Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In this capacity he visited British Forces overseas, and independent countries, advising Governments on Police restructuring, senior management and human rights. After retirement from the police Lionel went on to be Leader of Kennet District Council and a Cabinet Member on Wiltshire Council and was also Chairman of Devizes Constituency Conservative Association.