Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM


Mrs Julie Spence is Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, appointed in April 2017. Four years at Liverpool University and I M Marsh College of Physical Education where Julie trained to teach PE and biology. Moved to the West Country to take up a teaching post but discovered teaching was not for her.  In 1978, joined Avon and Somerset Police and posted to South Bristol. After postings to CID, community policing, the force communications centre, the Family and Child Protection Unit, the Press Office and uniform operations, Julie was seconded to the Association of Chief Police Officers secretariat in London for two years.

In 1999, Julie was appointed to Assistant Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, holding the Corporate Development and Territorial Policing portfolios, appointed Deputy Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 2004, then Acting Chief Constable in 2005, and subsequently to Chief Constable in 2005.  In 2006, Julie was awarded an OBE. In 2008, awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Anglia Ruskin University: and in 2010 New Year’s Honours list she received the Queens Police Medal (QPM). In September 2010, Julie retired from policing, after a 32 year career.

Julie is Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS (Community and Mental Health) Foundation Trust, a Governor of Anglia Ruskin University, Chair of Wellbeing of Women (Cambridge Branch) and a Trustee of Ormiston Families.