The Board

Director General - Lynne Owens CBE QPM MA

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Lynne Owens took up post as the Director General of the National Crime Agency (NCA) on 4 January 2016.

An experienced police officer, Lynne joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1989 and served initially as a Constable in Catford. She later moved to Kent Police as a Sergeant where she rose to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector and Senior Investigating Officer within the Force’s Major Crime Department.

Lynne transferred to Surrey Police in 2002 where she served as a Divisional Commander. She later completed the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill Police College and subsequently became Assistant Chief Constable, responsible for Territorial Operations.

Awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2008, Lynne became temporary Deputy Chief Constable before moving back to the MPS as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in 2009. She was promoted to Assistant Commissioner the following year, serving as head of Central Operations and Specialist Crime Directorates.

Lynne returned to Surrey Police in 2012 following her appointment as Chief Constable and, in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours, was awarded the CBE for services to policing and criminal justice. Lynne held the National Police Chiefs’ Council portfolio lead for uniform services and served on the Sentencing Council.

Deputy Director General - David Armond QPM

David ArmondDavid joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1976 and became Commander Serious Crime Group at New Scotland Yard with responsibility for economic and specialist crime in 2001.

In 2003 he headed the Child Abuse Investigation Command covering child abuse on the internet and establishing major investigation teams to deal with child homicide at the hands of carers and sudden unexpected death in infancy. In 2004 he was appointed Head of Homicide Investigations for London.

David joined SOCA as Deputy Director Proceeds of Crime in 2006 and in April 2009 became Deputy Director of International Crime, taking responsibility for international operations, SOCA's overseas liaison network and its UK desks, as well as Europol and Interpol national units.

In 2012 David was appointed Director Border Policing Command at the NCA. In January 2015, David Armond was appointed Director of the Intelligence and Operations Directorate (IOD), and in July he was appointed as temporary deputy director general.

Director: Investigations - Mark Webster

Mark joined Greater Manchester Police in 1992. He was a senior detective in Moss Side and Manchester city centre, and gained experience in homicide and major crime investigation. He was a hostage negotiator and commander of firearms operations. He also dealt with issues of racism and corruption (as highlighted in the BBC's 'Secret Policeman' expose).

Mark joined the National Crime Squad transferring into SOCA in 2006. He ran SOCA's e-Crime unit, and led a number of multi-national operations with overseas partners, and performed roles in Telecommunications Interception. Mark managed the transition of specialist National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) units into the NCA, and then went on to command those functions in addition to Armed Operations, Anti-Corruption, Technical Operations and the UK Human Trafficking Centre. He then led the NCA’s Performance and Risk Management functions, as well as leading collaboration work between the NCA and Counter Terrorism policing.

Director: Corporate Services - Tim Symington

Tim has more than two decades of experience in the government’s defence, law enforcement and security communities in which he has held a number of senior roles. In 2011 he joined the Department of Transport, where he became responsible for the provision of transport security during the London Olympics in the summer of 2012.

On joining the NCA on secondment in early 2013 he originally served as Director Intelligence where his work involved strategic planning and tactical prioritisation for UK operations. He moved to lead the build of the Novo transformation programme on a full-time basis last year and, in addition to this, took over leadership of the agency’s finance function earlier this year.

Director: Organised Crime Command - Ian Cruxton

Ian joined Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in 1984 and quickly moved into the Investigation discipline working on major drugs trafficking and fraud organised crime groups using the full range of covert capabilities.

In 1994 he joined the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) on attachment as the Regional Drugs Co-ordinator leading a multi agency team of police, customs, analytical and immigration officers. In 1998 he was the first Customs Officer to be appointed as an NCIS Head of Region and on promotion to Assistant Director he led work on Drugs, Immigration Crime and Firearms.

For 21 months before the creation of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) he was the Director UK Division and then joined SOCA as a Deputy Director (DD) for Enforcement before moving to roles in Proceeds of Crime and Tasking and Co-ordination. On the creation of the National Crime Agency (NCA) he was invited to set up the NCAT (national and NCA tasking and co-ordination function) before moving to become DD International and has now been appointed as temporary Director of Organised Crime Command.

Director: Prosperity (Economic crime and cyber crime) - Donald Toon

Donald started his career in law enforcement in 1990 joining the then HM Customs & Excise and has worked in criminal investigation, enforcement policy and operational management for more than 20 years. He was HMRC’s Criminal Investigation Director from 2011.  

Director: Intelligence - Jamie Saunders

Jamie is the Director of the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) at the National Crime Agency (NCA).   He was appointed in June 2014.

Jamie is responsible for leading the NCA’s fight against cybercrime, working with a wide range of partners at home and overseas.  He is also Senior Responsible Owner for the NCA’s Science and Technology programme.

Jamie has over 25 years of security policy experience. He joined GCHQ in 1988, where he was assigned to a wide range of operational and policy positions.  Prior to his appointment to NCA, he was Director International Cyber Policy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2012-2014) and, prior to that, he was the cyber policy lead in the British Embassy, Washington (2008-2011).

Chief Information Officer: Gerry Cantwell

Gerry joined in February on secondment from the Ministry of Defence, where he was director of information systems and services.

Non-executive Directors

Jane Furniss CBE

Jane is deputy chair of the homelessness charity Crisis and a non executive director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Jane was chief executive of the Independent Police Complaints Commission between 2006 and 2013.

Dr Stephen Page

Dr Page's board career focuses on business change and leading businesses in the digital age. Formerly global head of IT Strategy and IT Transformation at Accenture, he has also spent twelve years working at board level in defence, national security and cyber security.

Nicholas Alston CBE MA

Nick was the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex from 2012-2016 having previously held senior positions within the security and intelligence community and in the private sector at Digital Barriers plc and Goldman Sachs. Nick is currently the Chair of the  new Policing Institute at Anglia Ruskin University.

Wendy Barnes

Wendy is a former board Director in a FTSE 100 utility company and spent 15 months as a Director General in Whitehall. She has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director, and has also worked for several years in the areas of security and defence and is an independent consultant in cyber security.

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