Anthony Stansfeld is the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner. He is the first person to hold the post and was elected on 15 November 2012 as the Conservative Party candidate.
He was elected to West Berkshire Council in 2003 representing Kintbury ward, having previously served on Kintbury Parish Council. From 2008–2012 he was appointed to Thames Valley Police Authority, becoming chairman of the Performance Committee in 2011).
He has had a career in both the military and in industry. He enlisted in the Army at 17 and joined the Royal Green Jackets where he saw active service in Borneo and Northern Ireland. He learnt to fly helicopters at Middle Wallop and commanded various Army Air Corps Squadrons, including the Army helicopters in the Falkland Islands in the latter half of 1982.
He spent 2 years as Chief of Staff Intelligence in the Far East. On leaving the Army he was Marketing, and then, for 6 years, Managing Director of the aircraft company Pilatus Britten Norman, which had aircraft in over 100 countries. At the same time he commanded the Army reserve helicopters as a TA officer.
While in the Army he spent 4 months carrying out the reconnaissance for the crossing of the Darien Gap in Panama and Colombia, and led the first stage of Operation Raleigh, taking young people through the jungles of Honduras and Belize. He was, for 8 years, a trustee of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
He has an MSc and studied international terrorism and global security in depth at university.