Ian Drysdale is professionally qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD). He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). Mr Drysdale has worked for Kent Police since 1989 – previously he worked for Kent County Council and the Army.
On joining Kent Police Mr Drysdale worked in a variety of management positions on Local Policing Divisions. He was promoted in 1996 to Business Manager where he had financial, HR and administrative responsibility for the Specialist Crime and Tactical Operations functions at Headquarters.
In 2004 he was seconded to conduct a review of the HR and training functions and was appointed as the Best Value Manager in 2005 where he delivered reviews and improvement proposals for Legal Services, Finance, Estates and other corporate functions.
In 2006 he was appointed as the Departmental Head for Organisation and Development and in 2008 he became the Head of Human Resources. He became the Joint Head of HR for Kent Police and Essex Police in 2011 and was formally recognised as the Director of HR in 2013 becoming a Chief Officer for both forces in 2014.
Mr Drysdale was appointed as the Director of Corporate Services in 2015 for Kent Police – a role that combined the critical functions of leading the Corporate Services functions and delivering the significant change programme to meet the spending review requirements.
In 2019 Mr Drysdale became the first member of police staff in England and Wales to be appointed as a Deputy Chief Officer. Reporting to the Chief Constable and working alongside the Deputy Chief Constable, Mr Drysdale has overall responsibility for all of the non-operational policing matters including: Support Services; HR; Corporate Communications; Corporate Services; Information Security and Legal Services.
In 2010 Mr Drysdale passed the Senior Police National Assessment Centre (PNAC) and was selected to participate in the Strategic Command Course at the Police Staff College in 2011. He is the Chair of the Chief Police Officers Staff Association Panel of Friends and is also a Senior PNAC Assessor and an accredited Senior Information Risk Owner. He is also proud to be the co-founder and current Chairman of the Police Staff Benevolent Fund.