About

Meet Mike Rees

I was born and raised on a council estate in South Wales. My father was a steelworker and my mother was a cleaner. I was the oldest of my siblings.

I was educated at a local comprehensive school achieving seven O’ Levels and two A Levels in a fairly unspectacular manner.  Unfortunately, like many others in my age group I was more interested in sport. I won several titles as a boxer and also played football at a reasonable level.

At the age of 18, I left home and arrived in Wiltshire, joining Wiltshire Police as a Constable. Most of my service was in Swindon but I worked all over the County at various stages.

In 2014 I retired as a Detective Inspector with Wiltshire Police having completed 30 years of policing service to the public of Wiltshire.

Having worked in the public sector throughout my career, I set myself new challenges by starting my own business. Through hard work I have made a success of that path.

I have been married to Angela for the last 20 years, have three sons and live near Malmesbury. During my time in Wiltshire, I also lived in Swindon and Chippenham for extended periods of time.

I am heavily involved in Amateur Boxing and have been the Head Coach at Malmesbury Amateur Boxing Club for a number of years.

At our gym, we work with disadvantaged children and adults, as well as those with physical disabilities or mental health issues. It gives young and old, male and female,  the opportunity to become involved in a disciplined and focused sport which is good for the their self-confidence, self-worth and teaches them respect for others.

Under my guidance, the club has gone from strength to the strength in terms of its facilities, membership, competing boxers, and success, despite being financially self-funding.

I brought Amateur Boxing Shows back to Malmesbury after an absence of 10 years, organising three highly successful shows to date with a fourth being planned for June 2020.

In addition I am also the chairman of Fatboys Cancer Charity, a registered charity for children suffering from cancer and leukaemia. I set this up in 1999, following the death of a close friend. Over the past 20 years, we have helped thousands of children throughout the UK and raised in excess of £250,000. We pride ourselves on the fact that virtually 100% of the money goes directly towards supporting families and children in need, with extremely minimal overheads and all our time is given free of charge.

I have been organising successful fundraising events for this charity over this period, and in 2019, I put together a rock music festival in Swindon featuring well known rock bands. The event raised just short of £15,000 for the charity and was a great success.

I am a very driven individual with no political allegiance. I have a solid reputation for doing the right thing, being able to communicate with people from all backgrounds, for making things happen .

 

My Working Life

In 1983, at the age of 18 I had made the decision to discontinue my education.

I walked into a job centre in South Wales and saw an advertisement for a Police Constable. If I’m honest, up until that moment, I had never even considered joining the Police Force (It was referred to as ‘Force’ back then).

Compared to where I had spent my youth, Swindon was huge. I was 18, living in a box-room in Swindon Central Police Station away from my home town, and quite frankly, at that age, knew nothing of the ‘real world’ out there. I had to adapt to this new challenge, witnessing  things I’d never seen before or imagined could be real, and I had to adapt and learn quickly.

The first couple of years were hard, very hard and there was at least one occasion, at 3am, on foot patrol in sub-zero weather when I wondered what on earth I had done. But I stuck it out, settled down, and grew up very very quickly.

I enjoyed my time in the Police Force. I worked as a beat officer in Gorse Hill and Moredon, Swindon in the days when beat officers were a regular sight.

After three years I became a response driver before moving on to the support group which used to deal with prostitution, kerb crawling and related offences in Swindon , Additionally it provided public order response, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings going back to the days when disorder was very commonplace in the ‘lager lout’ era.

In 1990, I moved into the covert policing arena and surveillance operations for a number of years before returning to uniform Policing in 1994.

I was later a part of the first Burglary Squad to be established in Wiltshire Police, a dynamic unit, led by dynamic people, enjoying great success in burglary detection and catching and convicting offenders. There was great satisfaction in being able to tell a victim that the offender had been caught and brought to justice or that their stolen property had been recovered.

This I where I first noticed a managerial style I loved and saw what was effective in leading people to work hard and go the extra mile in service to the public.

I then worked on CID at Swindon dealing with serious assaults, sexual offences, murders and fraud. I then moved back into covert policing on promotion to Detective Sergeant.

In 2005, I became a part of the regional counter-terrorism forensic management team and through my service worked on most of the high profile national terrorism investigations including the 7/7 London Bombings.

Upon promotion to Detective Inspector in 2012, I worked on the CID in Melksham.

After this and in my last Policing role, I lead Wiltshire and Swindon’s proactive drugs teams. We were leaders in combating what is now known as ‘County Lines’, where drug dealers from major cities would try to impose their supply network on more rurally located counties such as Wiltshire. In my last 18 months of my service, I established an undercover operation combating such offenders, Operation Camarillo, which resulted in the largest single day of action in the history of Wiltshire Police.

I retired in 2014 and set up my own cleaning companies. I wanted to do something completely different, work for myself and run my own business. It was a steep learning curve, and overnight I effectively went from a high pressured job managing risk and life threatening situations, to cleaning toilets on building sites. I was always surprised by how differently I was spoken to, as though you were a ‘lesser person’ because you were the cleaner. That surprised me because I have always treated people with the utmost respect, regardless of their background.

The business grew and within two years , I was employing 30+ staff, with a turn over around £750,000 per year within three years of opening. I parted with this business in mid-2019 to focus on my other business which helps vulnerable adults and the elderly return to independent living. This business continues to grow into a successful enterprise, with the satisfaction of knowing that I am helping people to achieve a better living environment in the process.

I have achieved success through my work ethic, communication skills, and treating those who work with me in a fair and proper manner.

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In 1990, I moved into the covert policing arena and surveillance operations for a number of years before returning to uniform Policing in 1994.

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I was later a part of the first Burglary Squad to be established in Wiltshire Police, a dynamic unit, led by dynamic people, enjoying great success in burglary detection and catching and convicting offenders.

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IN 2005, I BECAME A PART OF THE REGIONAL COUNTER-TERRORISM FORENSIC MANAGEMENT TEAM AND THROUGH MY SERVICE WORKED ON MOST OF THE HIGH PROFILE NATIONAL TERRORISM INVESTIGATIONS INCLUDING THE 7/7 LONDON BOMBINGS.

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In my last 18 months of my service, I established an undercover operation combating such offenders, Operation Camarillo, which resulted in the largest single day of action in the history of Wiltshire Police.

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I retired in 2014 and set up my own cleaning companies. I wanted to do something completely different, work for myself and run my own business.

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