The Command Team
Rob Beckley, Officer in Overall Command
Rob joined the Metropolitan Police as a Constable in 1986 and carried out a variety of different roles working his way up to the rank of Chief Inspector. In 1997 he transferred to Thames Valley Police and became a Superintendent and then Chief Superintendent becoming the commanding officer for the southern half of Buckinghamshire.
In 2002 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable and left Thames Valley to join Hertfordshire Police. As ACC he spent time as Head of Territorial Operations and also Crime and Operations, overseeing the response to major incidents including the Potters Bar rail crash.
Rob left Hertfordshire in 2007 as he took up the role of Deputy Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police. During his time here, he held the national portfolio for citizens in policing and was also Gold Commander for the Bristol riots in 2011.
In July 2013 Rob was appointed the College of Policing's Chief Operating Officer. This role saw Rob play a leading role in the development of the professional body setting policing standards and practice. Rob was appointed as Officer in Overall Command of Operation Resolve in November 2016 replacing Jon Stoddart who left for health reasons.
Rob lives with his family in Somerset and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for his services to policing in 2007.
Gerry Donnellan, Deputy Officer in Overall Command
Gerry joined Greater Manchester Police in 1985 and has carried out a variety of different roles working his way up to Assistant Chief Constable level. After overseeing GMP’s North Manchester Division with over 1,000 staff, he headed up GMP’s public protection division and the performance and capability department.
He has held a range of investigative roles gaining experience in proactive and reactive investigation, he has lead sensitive operations and is a highly experienced Football Commander regularly policing Manchester United and Manchester City games. In 2008 he lead the policing operation for the 2008 Uefa Cup final held at the then City of Manchester Stadium.
Gerry was instrumental in the design and delivery of the national public order commander's course and the multi agency gold commander's course at the National College of Policing. He returned to the North West to take up the role on the Hillsborough Investigation.
He graduated with a Masters in Criminology at Cambridge University in 2011.
Neil Malkin, Detective Chief Superintendent
Neil Malkin joined Durham Constabulary in 1975 and has carried out a variety of roles with the force. He began his detective career in Crook, County Durham, before eventually transferring to Durham CID. While there, he carried out a criminal justice degree.
In 1995 Neil was seconded to the North East Regional Crime Squad for two years where he investigated serious and organised crime. On his return to Durham, he oversaw the transformation of the major crime team and developed a family liaison officer function which was recognised as good practice nationally.
Neil was promoted to Detective Superintendent in 2005 and led major investigations both in Durham and also nationally. He has worked and has vast experience in Counter Terrorism operations, homicide investigations and is an accredited senior investigator.
In 2011 Neil was rewarded with a National award by the ACPO homicide working group for his contribution to homicide investigation. During his police service Neil has received 15 commendations for excellent police work, highlighting his continued commitment to a high level of performance.
He was appointed as the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Resolve in December 2012.