New appointments to National Crime Agency

The National Crime Agency has appointed four non-executive directors to the NCA Board and a new Director of the NCA CEOP Command.

CEOP Appointment:

Johnny Gwynne has been appointed Director of the NCA’s CEOP Command following a competitive process.

Johnny is a serving Chief Officer with Police Scotland and has previously been Deputy Director General of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. He was seconded to the NCA in June 2013 and is currently Deputy Director of the Organised Crime Command.

NCA Director General Keith Bristow said:

“This is a crucial leadership role in the NCA, at a time when all our officers will be trained in safeguarding children. Johnny has a distinguished track record in law enforcement in a number of high profile and challenging roles. He was an outstanding candidate and we are delighted to welcome him to the senior team.”

The Director of CEOP role has been filled on a secondment basis since November 2010 by Peter Davies of Lincolnshire Police, the national policing lead on child protection.

Keith Bristow paid tribute to Peter Davies, saying:

“Peter has worked tirelessly to maintain CEOP’s unique contribution to safeguarding children from sexual abuse and exploitation. During his time as CEO, he steered the organisation through a period of significant change and its transition into the NCA. CEOP is now better able to protect children by drawing on the NCA’s specialist skills, wider resources, and international reach”. 

The NCA’s CEOP Command works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children. It coordinates activity to:

  • pursue offenders and bring them to account
  • prevent people becoming involved in child sexual exploitation
  • protect children from becoming victims of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse and
  • prepare interventions to reduce the impact of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Non Executive Director Appointments:

The NCA has appointed four non-executive directors to the NCA Board following a competitive process.

Welcoming the appointments, NCA Director General Keith Bristow said:

“We looked for high calibre individuals with a breadth of perspective and background, and particularly with skills in transformational change and technology. It was a very strong field and we have secured some exceptional people who will complement and expand the existing expertise within the NCA board.”

The new board members are:

Jane Furniss CBE, 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.

Jonathan Evans KCB, Director General of the British Security Service between 2007 and 2013 and a director of HSBC Holdings.

Dr Stephen Page, whose 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 nine years working at board level in defence, national security and cyber security.

Justin Dowley, chairman of Intermediate Capital Group and a non executive director of Melrose Industries and The Ascot Authority. Justin was previously a director of Morgan Grenfell, head of investment banking at Merrill Lynch and a founder of Tricorn Partners.

The new appointees join the NCA Director General and Deputy Director General, and its Directors of Border Policing, Child Exploitation and Online Protection, Organised Crime, Economic Crime, Operations, Intelligence and Corporate Services on the NCA Board. 

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