Non-executive directors appointed


1 December 2016

Two new non-executive directors have been appointed to the NCA board, Nicholas Alston CBE MA and Wendy Barnes.
Nick has extensive experience of security, intelligence and policing. He 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.
“I am delighted to have been appointed to the board of the NCA as a non-executive director and I am looking forward to learning more about the agency’s important work. I hope that my experience will be useful to the agency as it faces the exciting challenges that lie ahead” said Nick.
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 in being the chair of Audit and Remuneration Committees in both private and public sector. Wendy has also worked for several years in the areas of security and defence and is an independent consultant in cyber security.
“I am extremely pleased and privileged to join the NCA board at this challenging and exciting time,” said Wendy on her appointment.
NCA Director General Lynne Owens said: “Together they will bring unique skills and a huge amount of knowledge and experience to the NCA.
“Nick’s previous role as a Police and Crime Commissioner will be extremely beneficial in further developing our relationships and joint working with policing and PCCs, in particular as we work with them in the delivery of the next stage of reforming the law enforcement system in line with the recently published 2025 Policing Vision.  
"Wendy’s wide ranging expertise in both the public and private sector will bring valuable new perspectives to the work of the NCA, in particular as she takes up the role as chair of our Audit Risk and Assurance Committee (ARAC).
“The NCA has been well supported by its non-executive directors in helping us to steadily build the agency and I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to Justin Dowley for all his work particularly in chairing the ARAC and in his board challenge as he retires from the agency.”

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