Who's Who in TISPOL

Paolo Cestra

TISPOL President

Colonel Paolo Cestra

Italian Traffic Police

TISPOL President from October 2016

Paolo Cestra graduated in Law, Science of Public Administration and International Relations. He is Colonel of the Italian State Police, and Head of the Provincial Traffic Police’s Section of l’Aquila.

From May 2001 to March 2002 he was Deputy Commander of the Italian State Police Contingent within the UNMIK mission in Kosovo. He holds a Master Degree in Peacekeeping and Security Studies and performed successfully, among others, the Senior Police Officers Planning and Command Course  for Crisis Management Missions / Operations at the European Academy of Police and the Peacekeeping Mission Commander Course the United Nations Institute for Training and Research - POCI.

He is an expert in Traffic and Road Policy, International Law of Armed Conflict and Peace Support Missions. He  has attended at the CASD the Ministry of Defence the 7th Course for Legal Advisor  to the Armed Forces and the 29th Civilian and Military Cooperation Course. From 2014 to 2015 he was in service at the Department of Public Security of the Ministry of Interior as Acting Head of the Investigative Division of the National Traffic Service.

Paolo is a member of TISPOL Executive Committe and President of the TISPOL Working Group on “High Risk Drivers”, he was President of CARPOL Subgroup within the LEWP of the Council of the European Union in Brussels during the period July to December 2014.

He is the Italian Representative to the LANDSEC Committee within the DGMove at the European Commission in Bruxelles and also Member of the Experts Committee on Road Transport-Social Rules. 




Ruth Purdie

General Secretary

Ruth Purdie, TISPOL General Secretary

Ruth became the General Secretary of TISPOL- the European Road Police Network, in September 2015.

Prior to this she served with the Cheshire Constabulary, United Kingdom, as an Assistant Chief Constable held the portfolio for Serious Crime, Specialist operations  & Investigations.

In this role Ruth had responsibility for Serious & Organised Crime, Major Incidents, Public Protection and Safeguarding, Roads Policing, Forensic Science and Policing Operations directorate.

Regionally, Ruth held the Forensic Science and Roads Policing portfolio for the North West of England, which included over 30% of the UK motorway network.

Before her promotion to Cheshire, Ruth served as a Chief Superintendent in North Wales Police in the role of BCU Commander for Eastern Division covering the counties of Wrexham and Flintshire.

Throughout her 33year policing career Ruth has embraced opportunities to develop policing in other countries and has worked in New Zealand, USA, Canada and Malta assisting colleagues in the development of policing approaches. This has included roads policing, crime investigation and multi agency approaches to serious sex offenders, IT strategies and Communication.

Ruth is passionate about Road Safety and Chaired the North West Motorway Patrol Group  were she worked  with road policing colleagues and agency partners from the North of England to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the safety and security of all road users.

As General Secretary of TISPOL Ruth works with dedicated colleagues through out Europe to deliver a safer European Road Network.

A graduate of Manchester University, Ruth currently works with Greater Manchester Police as a member of their Ethics Committee and is a regular contributor to both Liverpool John Moore University and Liverpool Hope University Criminal Justice Undergraduate and Master degree programme. Ruth is also an Associate Assessor for the College of Policing within the UK.


Patricia Holdsworth

TISPOL Finance Director

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Pat Holdsworth joined TISPOL in 2000 and holds the position of Finance Director.

Pat has extensive experience in the banking and finance sector having been a senior manager for Lloyds Bank for 40 years.

Pat's involvement with policing stems from her work as a valued member of the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary.  Pat served for 43 years in the Service, retiring in the rank of Assistant Chief Officer in 2013.

Her distinguished career was recognised with the award of an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen in 2012.