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.

Director General (Operations): Steve Rodhouse

DGOSteveRohouseSteve Rodhouse has over 24 years’ service in policing. He is currently Director General (Operations) at the National Crime Agency (NCA). He joined the NCA in June 2018 and is responsible for overseeing the NCA’s intelligence, investigation and tasking functions and ensuring that the Serious and Organised Crime threats to the UK are understood and responded to in the most effective way across law enforcement.

Steve started his career with Surrey Police in 1993; working in a variety of Detective and uniformed roles across the force.

He joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in July 2010 and worked as the Commander with lead responsibility for Gangs and Organised Crime. In 2014 he was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner, leading the Crime Operations portfolio with the Specialist Crime and Operations business group which includes the MPS response to gun and gang violence, homicide, the on-line exploitation of children and organised crime.

He is married with three children and lives in Berkshire. He is a keen sports fan and enjoys running, skiing and sailing whenever possible.

Director General (Capabilities): Nina Cope 

Dr Nina Cope was responsible for taking the Met through a major service improvement and cost reduction programme – and is joining the National Crime Agency as Deputy Director General (Capability).

She will assume the role of strategic leader on issues relating to officers, culture, transformation, technology and estates. In addition, Nina will be responsible for ensuring the agency has effective support capabilities and leading on the continuing design and delivery of our transformation programme.

Nina joins the agency from the High Speed Two rail project where she is Organisational Change and Effectiveness Director. She has overseen the growth of the company – and the largest infrastructure project in Europe – from some 300 employees to 1,400 in the past two years.

She has also worked across sectors including law enforcement, local government, and education, has conducted research into law enforcement topics and has a PhD in Sociology.

During her time at the Met, Nina’s roles included serving as the force’s Director responsible for strategy, transformation and performance, introducing new ways of working across the organisation. She also served as Deputy Director of Intelligence and Chief of Staff. 

Chief Finance Officer: Simon Hart

SimonHartSimon has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years having worked in finance roles in the Met, BTP and now with the NCA where Simon has worked for 4 years, first as DD for Finance and for the last year combining the role of DD for Corporate Business Services with being the Chief Finance Officer on the Board.

Before starting in law enforcement Simon trained as an accountant with Kent County Council and then moved to KPMG and then to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea working in education finance.


Non-executive Directors

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.





Reshard Auladin

Reshard Auladin, is an accomplished public servant with a background in the criminal justice, law enforcement, mental health, education and charity sectors.
A magistrate for more than 25 years, Reshard sits in criminal and family courts in north London and was vice-chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority until 2012, with a variety of responsibilities.

Reshard’s other roles have included serving as a non-executive director at the Assets Recovery Agency. He has also been a trustee of a Muslim education charity for a decade, sits on the Joint Audit Panel of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and the Metropolitan Police and is a trustee of the Bell Foundation, an education charity.


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