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Changing focus at National Crime Agency leads to new director-level appointments

by Brian Sims

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has appointed two deputy director generals, two new directors and a new non-executive director. The moves are part of the Agency’s programme of organisational change which is purposefully designed to increase its focus on the high end of high risk offending.

Matthew Horne, currently deputy chief constable at Essex Police, will become the NCA’s deputy director general (operations), while Dr Nina Cope, who is presently organisational change and effectiveness director at High Speed Two, will become deputy director general (capabilities).

Both Horne and Cope will join the NCA in April, with the former initially on secondment.

Merseyside Police assistant chief constable Nikki Holland is joining the NCA as director of investigations, while Steve Smart, who has a background in public service and the private sector, will become director of intelligence. They are also due to start their roles in April.

The final appointment is Reshard Auladin – a magistrate and former vice-chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority – who will become a non-executive director.

The NCA’s director general Lynne Owens commented: “These are five exceptional people who bring new dimensions of skill and knowledge to the top team. We’re streamlining the NCA’s structure, reducing operational silos and providing clearer strategic direction and delivery, all of which will help us to focus firmly on tackling the high end of high risk offending.”

Current deputy director general David Armond is retiring after a law enforcement career spanning four decades.

“I want to take this opportunity to very publicly thank David, and to acknowledge his most significant contribution to law enforcement,” said Owens. “From his service in the Metropolitan Police Service through to his time at SOCA and with the NCA, David has never shied away from taking on some of the most challenging roles with integrity, energy and determination. His focus on the public interest, and our responsibility to protect, is at the forefront of all he does. He’s a highly respected law enforcement professional on both the national and international stage who has helped to ensure that the NCA has developed and retained a position of strength. David leaves a huge legacy, formally recognised with the award of his CBE last year. We wish him a very happy and healthy retirement.”

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