Who is on the Panel?

 Luke Pulford (Chair) 

Luke Pulford was formally appointed as Chair with effect from Wednesday 1st November 2017.

He first moved to Leicester to study Business Management and Enterprise at DeMontfort University.

Most of Luke's professional career has been spent working with or in small businesses in the city. He started his first business aged 15 and since then has launched and worked with several start-ups.

He is now managing a business incubation unit as well as advising local growing businesses.

Outside of work he sits on the board of a successful charity called Saffron Young People's Project. He also supports young entrepreneurs through the Prince's Trust.

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Janette Pallas 

Janette Pallas




Janette Pallas is an independent business growth coach and mentor working predominantly with technology based businesses.

She has lived in Leicestershire since birth and has a keen interest in the business, sporting, academic and wellbeing success of the County.

Janette has managed a number of large public sector programmes and understands the financial and governance constraints around public bodies.

She has been involved in educational and sporting social enterprises and is passionate about supporting people in their health and wellbeing.

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Kitesh Patel 
Kitesh Patel

Kitesh Patel is an audit and risk professional with extensive experience of internal audit, risk management and internal controls in both the public sector and automotive industry.

He grew up and lives in Leicester and attended De Montfort University where he studied Accounting and Finance.

He joined JARAP in 2021 and has a keen interest in the wellbeing of the county and ensuring the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable have fulfilled their responsibilities to ensure the best use of resources and public money.

Wendy Yeadon 
Wendy Yeadon


Wendy Yeadon served for 32 years in the police service, including Nottinghamshire, Bedfordshire and latterly Leicestershire Police. She retired in October 2010, having served at all ranks up to Assistant Chief Constable, prior to her retirement.

She then developed, and maintains, a healthy portfolio career, working mainly with professional regulators including, but not limited to, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); The Judicial Conduct Investigation Office (JCIO) and Social Work England (SWE). Wendy chairs the organisations’ professional misconduct hearings to ensure the public are protected and in the public interest. In addition, she works for the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), interviewing and assessing candidates for judicial posts.

Her role with the Joint Audit and Risk Assurance Panel (JARAP) indicates her continued desire to serve the public and to hold the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable to account, for service provision in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

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