Six National Crime Agency officers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

National Crime Agency (NCA) officers working in the fields of investigations, cyber crime, financial intelligence and kidnap have been officially recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Those honoured include Rob Ormsby who was awarded an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to law enforcement in the field of kidnap and extortion. Ormsby has made an exceptional contribution as one of the UK’s leading experts, saving over 100 lives (including British nationals taken hostage overseas) in the past 15 years.

In addition, Ormsby has applied his skills and experience to hundreds of operations involving extortion and product contamination threats, in turn preventing reputational damage to numerous global UK companies. Since his retirement as head of the Anti-Kidnap and Extortion Unit in 2015, Ormsby has volunteered as an unpaid NCA special, supporting the Unit with specialist advice, training and research.

Keith White has received a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to law enforcement and tackling money laundering. Using his in-depth knowledge of anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing and law enforcement techniques, White has developed pioneering improvements to the capabilities required to meet the challenges of illicit finance.

White’s commitment to driving the domestic and international exchange of information has enhanced the sharing of financial intelligence with international partners, building the UK’s international reputation. He has personally identified, managed and mitigated major legal, reputational and operational risks to the public and private sectors and to individual citizens through ensuring the effective handling of intelligence (including in threat to life situations).

Danny Bates from the National Cyber Crime Unit has received the Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to law enforcement. Bates has been responsible for ground-breaking innovations in the way law enforcement tackles serious organised crime committed online as well as developing new digital capabilities (elements of which are rolling out as a national service).

Services to law enforcement

An officer from the Investigations Command was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to law enforcement – investigating the highest levels of serious organised crime impacting the UK – and promoting diversity in the workplace. The officer concerned has given an enormous amount of their own time to champion LGBT issues and other protected characteristics in the workplace. Since 2014, this individual has led the work to ensure the NCA’s inclusion in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index as a Top 100 Employer.

A former officer has received a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to international security.

Finally, Graeme Biggar, who recently joined the NCA as director general of the National Economic Crime Centre, has been awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). This award is in recognition of his previous role as director for national security at the Home Office, where he worked on countering terrorism and hostile state activity.

NCA director general Lynne Owens has spoken of her delight and pride to hear that five officers have been honoured. Owens said: “It’s fantastic to see officers from a wide range of NCA disciplines being recognised. They’re all passionate about the work they do. These awards are well deserved. My sincere congratulations to them all.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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