11 June 2016
Five NCA officers have been recognised in the Queen's 2016 Birthday Honours list.
They include Deputy Director General David Armond who gets a CBE for services to law enforcement.
Diane Murray gets an MBE for services to law enforcement and sports coaching, while an officer who can’t be named because of the nature of his work also gets an MBE.
British Empire Medals go to Mary Ambler for services to law enforcement and Sarah Groenewegen for services to law enforcement and promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Director General Lynne Owens (right) has offered her congratulations to them:
“Having five NCA officers on this Birthday Honours list is fantastic recognition of both the exceptional achievements of these individuals and of the Agency’s work.
"I am particularly proud that the spectrum and backgrounds of the individuals rightly recognised, and their specific professional contributions, are both indicative of the value placed on everyone within our team.
"I am pleased to congratulate all the officers and hope they enjoy their celebrations."
A personal assistant whose administrative backing has supported a string of senior officers has spoken of her surprise at receiving a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
But Mary Ambler, who is currently serving NCA Director General Lynne Owens, said she was delighted with the accolade, adding: “I see it as recognition for our agency of which I am proud to be a part.
“I’d like to thank those who nominated me and all I’ve worked with past and present.”
Mary began her law enforcement career with the National Crime Squad in 2002, having previously served at Southampton City Council and Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.
She was initially based in the Branch Intelligence Unit at Netley, now Solent, before later moving to London to take up her first personal assistant role in Pimlico.
Mary went on to serve in the Serious Organised Crime Agency in 2006, where she was PA to Executive Director of Intelligence David Bolt and later Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Chief Executive Peter Davies. She began her NCA career with the then Director General Keith Bristow at Marsham Street, Westminster, on the agency’s programme board in 2012.
She said with a smile: “When the letter telling me I had been awarded the BEM came through the post I could not believe it – this is not the sort of thing that happens to me.
“I continue to thoroughly enjoy my job here I do – it is an extremely rewarding role.”
Lynne Owens said the award, which was presented for Mary’s services to law enforcement, was well deserved. The Director General added: “She has shown remarkable dedication and commitment to supporting the most senior officers in law enforcement.”
“While not publicly visible, this does not make her contribution any less worthy and I am delighted it has been recognised in this way.”