The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) – a not-for-profit initiative that enables the sharing of data between law enforcement agencies and the business community in order to reduce crime – has announced Daniel Hardy’s appointment as its new managing director.
A well-known and respected figure with over 20 years of crime prevention experience, Hardy is tasked with taking the NBCS to the next stage of its development and fulfilling its role in supporting businesses and the police service in the ongoing fight against offenders.
“I’m passionate about partnerships and preventing crime through the better use of intelligence sharing and technology,” commented Hardy. “As such, I want to cement the position of the NBCS as a critical friend of business, the police service and all business crime reduction partnerships by furthering the use of the national business model for all those affected by crime.”
Hardy served five years in the Grenadier Guards before gaining experience in the private security industry. He then spent 13 years with the Metropolitan Police Service, rising to the position of Acting Detective Inspector on the Specialist Crime Directorate and running Operation Vanguard. Hardy subsequently became head of risk at G4S and, prior to his current role with the NBCS, served as corporate crime and security lead at Sainsbury’s, where his responsibilities included all of the company’s stores, corporate locations and distribution facilities around the world.
Hardy’s appointment comes at a particularly exciting time, with the NBCS having secured significant Government funding as part of the Police Transformation Fund, a Home Office programme that marks a real opportunity for policing leaders and Police and Crime Commissioners to respond to the changing nature of crime. The award of a six-figure sum was in recognition of the NBCS’ success in supporting the police in the battle against business crime and will enable the initiative to make new appointments and implement a comprehensive marketing and awareness campaign, including a new corporate identity.
In light of the Government funding, one of Hardy’s immediate priorities will be to make the NBCS sustainable. Doing so will mean that it’s able to operate as an entirely self-sufficient, self-governing entity which is totally funded and controlled by its members, while at the same time being open to all businesses and Government enterprises.
As such, Hardy will seek to increase the member base of the NBCS and meet its stated strategic objectives. This will ensure that the NBCS is recognised by both the police service and the business community as the most effective intelligence sharing solution in the UK and is able to bring together information to identify and tackle the full nature and extent of the threats confronted by today’s businesses.
Through a supportive operating model, the NBCS will be in a position to issue relevant and timely information on crime trends that enables members to take preventative action and allows them to engage with the police service to combat cross-border organised criminal networks.
Tim Edwards, chair of the NBCS’ Board of Directors, concluded: “It gives me great pleasure that we’ve appointed Daniel as managing director of the NCBS. This follows on from a robust recruitment process. Daniel served on the Board for six months in a vice-chair capacity, which gave us a real opportunity to assess what he could contribute. We were unanimously impressed. Daniel possesses excellent leadership skills, played a key role in developing our current strategy and has forged superb working relationships with both existing and future stakeholders. Those relationships are certain to deliver immediate benefits. I’m looking forward to working with him and Catherine Bowen, our policy and stakeholder director. We have a very strong executive team to drive the NBCS forward.”