Dame 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.