Mark Travis was appointed Assistant Chief Constable in South Wales Police in June 2020.
Mark joined Cheshire Police in 1998, having previously worked internationally in the private sector. Mark predominantly worked in proactive and public order policing, and established Cheshire police’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) team.
In 2004 he transferred to West Mercia Police, working in operational support roles including the dog section, roads policing, public order and specialist search units. Mark rose from the rank of Sergeant to Temporary Assistant Chief Constable during his time with West Mercia.
In his tenure he oversaw the modernising of the force’s IT capabilities, and delivered a number of change programmes which enhanced the force’s digital and agile working, as well as their capability in multi-agency partnership working.
He has served as the Head of Intelligence, and fulfilled the roles of Public Order and Firearms Commander, as well as having responsibility for local policing in Worcester during the 2012 floods.
Mark worked to improve the diversity of the force through mentoring and supporting people aspiring to promotion through a new career pathway.
Most recently Mark led a change programme in the dissolution of the strategic alliance between West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police. This was followed by his promotion to Temporary Assistant Chief Constable in October 2019, where he had command of the force’s Protective Services portfolio.
Mark joined South Wales Police in 2020, as Assistant Chief Constable for the Operational Support portfolio.
Mark spent a lot of leisure time in South Wales prior to his appointment, and spends his free time walking in the countryside with his family.