How we are run


Our structure

Accountability and Governance

The NCA is a non-ministerial government department. It publishes an pdf annual plan (346 KB), setting out how it will meet its strategic and operational priorities in the year ahead, and an pdf annual report (3.20 MB) summarising its performance against that plan. A shortened version of the annual report is available pdf here (272 KB).

The Director General has independent operational direction and control over the NCA's activities. The Director General is accountable for the agency's performance to the Home Secretary and through them to Parliament.

The NCA Framework document (223 KB) sets out the NCA’s accountability, management, operational and financial arrangements and explains how the relationship between the Home Secretary and the National Crime Agency is intended to function.

Details concerning the delegation of functions conferred on the NCA Director General by an Act of Parliament, an Act of the Scottish Parliament and an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly, are outlined in the delegation levels table (36 KB).

The Board

The Director General chairs the NCA board which comprises executives and non-executive members. The members of the board are:

  • Lynne Owens CBE QPM MA - Director General (Chair)
  • David Armond QPM - Deputy Director General
  • Mark Webster - Director of Investigations
  • Tim Symington - Director of Corporate Services
  • Ian Cruxton - Director of Organised Crime Command
  • Donald Toon - Director, Prosperity (Economic crime and cyber crime)
  • Jamie Saunders - Director of Intelligence
  • Gerry Cantwell - Chief Information Officer
  • Jane Furniss CBE - Non-executive Director
  • Dr Stephen Page - Non-executive Director
  • Nicholas Alston CBE MA - Non-executive Director
  • Wendy Barnes- Non-executive Director

The Board is supported by a number of sub-Committees, including an Audit and Risk Assurance Committee chaired by a Non-Executive Director, whose pdf Terms of Reference  (87 KB)are available here.

Scrutiny

The NCA is subject to rigorous external and independent scrutiny including by:

  • Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary on efficiency and effectiveness, working with other inspection bodies as appropriate
  • The Independent Police Complaints Commission for activity undertaken in England and Wales and the Police Investigations Review Commissioner for Scotland 
  • The Office of Surveillance Commissioners, which provides oversight of the use of covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources
  • The Interception of Communications Commissioner, who provides oversight of the use of interception powers and the acquisition of communications data
  • The Investigatory Powers Tribunal which can investigate complaints from the public about the use of intrusive powers

The NCA is also subject to scrutiny by Parliament, primarily by the Home Affairs Committee, the Public Accounts Committee and by the Scottish Parliament.

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