Nikki Holland is the NCA’s Director of Investigations.
The Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable, who has a master’s degree in forensic psychology, is a career detective who takes on this new challenge following a policing career spanning three decades.
She has served the majority of her career in various detective roles and has already worked closely with the NCA in her current post. She is responsible for the North West ROCU Titan and the Matrix serious and organised crime portfolio in Merseyside.
Since the start of her career at Merseyside Police in 1988, she has led many murder enquiries, firearms discharge investigations and other major incidents as well as the force diversity programme.
As a superintendent she also led the reduction of crime and disorder across every aspect of policing and was a member of the Safeguarding Children Board and other partnership forums.
In addition, she successfully introduced the process of targeting serious and organised crime groups within the force area – before moving to South Wales Police on promotion to Assistant Chief Constable.
At South Wales Nikki was responsible for specialist crime, including the Joint Scientific Investigation Unit, Major Crime and Force Intelligence. She was the regional ACC for the Welsh ROCU Tarian and Wales Extremism and Counter-Terrorism Unit.
She took on the chief officer strategic role for counter-terrorism, drugs, cyber and child sexual exploitation operations. In addition, she worked with the local Islamic community to improve relations, before she returned to Merseyside early last year.
On return to Merseyside Nikki took lead responsibility for investigation, intelligence, serious and organised crime and Titan. She also led on corporate development, leadership and professional standards.
Her current role involves proactive, covert and reactive investigation of firearms, murder and serious and organised crime for the North West. She has the strategic lead for protecting vulnerable people, is a key member of the Merseyside Vulnerability Forum, has the national lead for sex working and exploitation and is chair of the Women Chief Officer Network.
Nikki is an accredited PIP 3 SIO and is a qualified strategic gold commander.
As Director Investigations Nikki will be responsible for leading some 2,000 officers. Reporting to DDG Operations Matthew Horne, she will be responsible for ensuring operations and investigations are pursued to the highest standards – and with integrity.