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 (Operations): Matthew Horne

The former Essex Deputy Chief Constable, Matthew led on force operations, performance, and strategic change. He has served in a variety of uniformed and investigative roles in 25 years of policing including the Met's Serious Crime Directorate and led the Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate as an Assistant Chief Constable.

He also headed the proactive investigations into the serious disorder following the student demonstrations and was given crime investigation roles in other high-profile public order incidents.

He led the police team for the Leveson public inquiry into press standards and served as Borough Commander in Hackney.

Matthew holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Policy.

Deputy 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.

Director of 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.


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.




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.



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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