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Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde KB OBEChief Constable Sir Hugh Orde OBE (hi-res image click here 3mb)

Hugh Stephen Orde joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 1977 and initially served in Central London.  On promotion to Sergeant he moved to Brixton followed by further promotion to Inspector.  He then took up various posts in South and South East London.

As Chief Inspector he was appointed as Staff Officer to Deputy Assistant Commissioner (South West London) and then took command of the Territorial Support Group as a Superintendent.   Between 1994 and 1997 he was responsible for the management of major crime investigation across South West London.  This was followed by command of the Community, Safety and Partnership portfolio where he was involved in the development of community and race relations training and strategy for the MPS.

He was appointed Commander (Crime) for South West London in June 1998 and in April 1999 was the officer in command of the bomb at Brixton.  He was also responsible for the development of Operation Trident set up to deal with crack cocaine and murders whilst in this post.  He has worked in Jamaica in relation to this operation and has also been involved in the Commissioner's initiatives in training a new Organised Crime Force in South Africa.

He was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner in October 1999 and was given day to day responsibility for the Commissioner's Enquiry (Stevens III) into collusion and the murder of a prominent solicitor in Northern Ireland.

He was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours List 2001 for services to policing.  He was appointed to the post of Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on 29 May 2002 and took up post on 1 September 2002. A graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, he also holds a Degree in Public Administration and an Hon. Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent.

Sir Hugh received a Knighthood in the Birthday Honours List, June 2005

In January 2006 Sir Hugh was elected Vice-President of the Association of Chief Police Officers for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton OPMDeputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton QPM (hi-res image click here 3mb)

Paul Leighton QPM LLB was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in March 2003.  In this role he is responsible for internal discipline, progressing the new police college and working closely with the Chief Constable in providing overall direction to the service.

Prior to this he had been an Assistant Chief Constable in Northumbria, a posting he took up in 2000 and in which he had responsibility for problem solving policing, community safety partnerships, youth justice and e-policing.

1994 saw promotion to Superintendent, and almost immediately he had to deal with the aftermath of the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre.  From late 1994 to early 1996 Mr. Leighton was seconded to the South West of England region of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, where he assisted in the inspection of a number of English police forces.

Mr Leighton is a native of Coleraine, and he joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1980, after graduating from Queen’s University Belfast. Much of his service was spent in the city of Derry and, having grown up and served in the north west of the province, he has a particular affinity with that area.  1987 saw the beginning of a period in Headquarters and Special Branch, and it was during this time that he attended the FBI Academy (1993) and the Strategic Command Course (1998).

Married with three sons, Mr. Leighton’s hobbies include boating and cooking. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours 2005

Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCauslandAssistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland, Criminal Justice (hi-res image click here 3mb)

Duncan McCausland joined the Police Service in 1983 and served as a Constable and Sergeant in Belfast and Dungannon. He was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 1991and to Chief Inspector in 1995.  He was transferred on appointment to Superintendent in 1998 and took charge of Dungannon as Sub-Divisional Commander.  In 2000 he returned to Headquarters as head of Command Secretariat.  From February 2001 until April 2002 he was Staff Officer to the Chief Constable.  In March 2002 he was promoted Chief Superintendent and attended the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill.

He was appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Operations, in July 2002 and took up post on 1 September 2002.  Within this position he was responsible for the following service branches; Operational Policy & Support, Security Branch, Community Safety Branch, Roads Policing Development, Firearms Licensing & Explosives, Accountancy Advice, and Public Sector Branch.

On 6th October 2003 he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable Urban Region based at Castlereagh.  As ACC Urban he is responsible for the provision of effective professional policing within 12 District Command Units, utilizing some 4,600 police and civilian support staff and a budget of £181 million.  During major incidents or large events he assumes the overall co-ordination function.  His other responsibilities include the formulation of regional policy and strategy as well as the implementation of National Intelligence Model, with a remit to develop and encourage collective accountability and transparency.  As Urban Regional ACC, he is also directly in charge of Operational Support functions including Roads Policing, Tactical Support and Belfast Regional Control.

Duncan is married with 3 children, his interests include cricket (Chairman of PSNI Cricket Club) and golf.  He has travelled extensively within the United Kingdom and in America.  He holds a Bachelor of Education Degree, a Diploma in Administration and Law and a Diploma in Criminology, as well as a Master of Arts Degree.  He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute of Virginia, USA.

Assistant Chief Constable Judith K GillespieAssistant Chief Constable Judith K Gillespie, Rural Region (hi-res image click here 668k)

Areas of professional Interest:
Victim Support, Mentoring, Staff Development, Equality issues

Passing out from initial training at Enniskillen having won the Baton of Honour, Judith Gillespie started her police career in 1982 serving in local stations in the Greater Belfast area.

Her career progressed steadily through the ranks of sergeant and inspector gaining experience in both ranks through service in Traffic Branch, as Staff Officer to chief officers and as section Inspector in Newtownards.

In 1997 Judith was promoted Chief Inspector and appointed Co-ordinator of Child Abuse and Rape Enquiry (CARE) a post which she occupied until promotion to Superintendent, Head of Drugs Squad in 1999.  In 2002 Judith was appointed Chief Superintendent and commander of Ards District Command Unit

In 2003 Judith Gillespie became the first female officer from the former RUC, now PSNI, to attend Strategic Command Course (SCC) at Bramshill.  On successful completion of this course Mrs Gillespie returned to be appointed Acting Assistant Chief Constable heading up the newly established department, Criminal Justice.

Judith has combined a successful police career with an equally successful academic career.  In 1987 Judith won the Scotvec Prize, an award for top student on the HNC in Police Studies course, in 1992 completed a BA Honours degree and is presently completing studies in Criminology at Cambridge University.

Assistant Chief Constable Roy TonerAssistant Chief Constable Roy Toner, Operational Support Department and Change Management
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ACC Toner is the PSNI representative to the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO).

He joined the RUC in June 1981.  He was promoted to Sergeant in December 1986 and Inspector in October 1989.  During his service he has worked in a variety of operational roles mostly in the North West of the province.  In 1994 he moved into a specialist community policing post and in 1997 was promoted to the rank of Chief Inspector.

In 1998 he gained a promotion to Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) as a Superintendent.  This post was based in London with responsibility for Community and Race Relations, Human Rights and Human Resource issues.  During 1999/2000 Roy also worked with a multi-disciplinary Foreign and Commonwealth team delivering training on community policing to senior police officers in Eastern Europe.

In December 2000 he took up a post as the operational commander in Ballymena.  He had the opportunity of initiating some of the Patten Report recommendations specific to new models of Community Policing.

In September 2001 Roy successfully completed the Strategic Command Course and returned to Northern Ireland where he focused upon several key recommendations in the Patten Report relating to police training.

In March 2002 Roy was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed as the District Commander in Lisburn.  In September 2002 the Northern Ireland Policing Board appointed him to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable.
Roy holds a BA(Hons) Degree in Public Policy and Management and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Ulster. He also holds a Diploma in Criminology from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

ACC Drew HarrisAssistant Chief Constable Drew Harris, Crime Operations Department (hi-res image click here)

Assistant Chief Constable Harris is responsible for the PSNI’s Crime Operations Department.  His present portfolio includes Organised Crime; Major Investigation Teams; Intelligence Branch; Special Operation Branch; Analyst Branch; Scientific Support Branch; Serious Crime Review Team; E-Crime and Central Authorisation Bureau.  Assistant Chief Constable Harris also holds the ACPO Hate Crime Portfolio.

ACC Drew Harris has 24 years police service.  Prior to appointment as ACC in February 2006, Mr Harris was District Commander in Craigavon.  During his career, he has served in a number of operational and headquarters posts throughout Northern Ireland.

Starting his career as a Constable in 1983, Mr Harris served in beat and patrol officer postings in Belfast, Banbridge, and Armagh. He was promoted Chief Inspector in 1996 and Superintendent in 2000.

In 2002, he completed a two-year secondment in the rank of Superintendent to Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, Scotland.  

Mr Harris holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Politics and Economics (Open University) and a M.St in Criminology (Cantab).  He completed the Strategic Command Course in 2004 and the Leadership in International Counter Terrorism Course in 2005.

Mr Harris is married to Jane and they have four children.

Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay, click for larger imageAssistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay, Urban Region (hi-res image click here)

ACC Alistair Finlay is responsible for the Police Service's Urban Region.

Born in Scotland, Alistair began his policing career with the Strathclyde Police in 1982.  Initially based in the south side of Glasgow, during his 24-year career with the Strathclyde force, he undertook a range of roles in Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and Force Headquarters prior to his promotion to Superintendent in 2002.  

At this time he took responsibility for the Executive Support function, which encompassed force policy, the secretariat of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and liaison officer the policing board.  In addition he had significant involvement in a national project to develop the co-ordination and governance of support functions of the eight Scottish Forces with existing national services.  

In 2004 he took command of the North East area of Glasgow, prior to being appointed deputy commander for Glasgow City Centre and West End.  In this area strong partnerships were developed to develop interagency support for the issues of the vibrant night-time economy of Glasgow which can see up to 60,000 revellers on the streets at 3am.  The city centre also attracted many high profile events and public order issues with the G8 protests being of significant note.

In 2006 he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and took responsibility for the Force Inspectorate prior to his appointment to PSNI in August 2006.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Jones, Crime Support Department

ACC Dave Jones was appointed as head of the Crime Support Department in September 2008.

Crime Support Department was set up to re-examine unsolved murders, which occurred between the signing of the Good Friday Agreement on 10 April 1998 and the setting up of the Crime Operations Department on 1 March 2004, and will also be examining all murders from 1969, which were not security related.

In this role ACC Jones heads up the department, which is tasked with focusing on issues from the past, in particular the servicing of the demands made by the three public inquiries in Northern Ireland and two inquiries in the Republic of Ireland, created under the Weston Park Agreement.

Born in England, Dave started his policing career with Greater Manchester Police in 1986, initially working in Salford, Manchester.  He has held a variety of uniform and CID roles within GMP including Detective Superintendent, and led on various projects across the force including crime management, diversity and information management.

In 2002 he was promoted to Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime Support, and in January 2004 he was responsible for merging Crime Support and Crime Investigation branches to create Headquarter CID, which Dave headed.

From February 2006 until April 2007 he was Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, with responsibility for tackling serious and organised crime, counter terrorism and scientific services.  Between April 2007 and September 2007 he was seconded to British Telecom as part of BT Global Services Management Team developing an identity services strategy.  In January 2008 he qualified from the Strategic Command Course.  Dave also has a First degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Liverpool and a Masters (with distinction) in Police Management from the University of Manchester.

Mr.David BestMr David Best, Head of Finance and Support Services (hi-res image click here 3mb)

Mr David Best, Director of Finance and Support Services
In May 2004 David Best was appointed Director of Finance and Support Services. His current role includes management of the PSNI's finance (with a expenditure in excess of £800m), estates, transport and supplies functions. He is directly responsible for over 400 staff and a budget in excess of £80m. Prior to this he held the position of Director of Finance within PSNI, being appointed in October 1999.

Before joining the Police Services David spent over four years as Financial Controller at the University of Ulster, and prior to that over six years as Assistant Director of Finance in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

David is a Chartered Accountant and spent twelve years in the private sector working for Deloitte Haskins and Sells. His initial training and work was based in Belfast before transferring to South Africa, where he worked in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He transferred back to the UK with Deloittes to work in Bristol, before returning to Northern Ireland to work in the public sector.

Before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant David obtained an honours degree in Economics and Business Studies at Queen University Belfast. Subsequently he received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) through Henley Management College/Brunel University.

David is married and has four children and has interests in music and  staying fit.

Mr.Joe StewartMr Joe Stewart, Director of Human Resources  (hi-res image click here 3mb)

Mr Stewart was educated at St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast and then at Queens University Belfast where he graduated with an Honours degree in law,  and the Ulster University where he studied n Management Studies (DMS 1980).  In 1985 Mr Stewart was appointed Director of the Engineering Employers Federation, thus becoming the youngest Director in its history.

As Director of the Federation, Mr Stewart was responsible for expanding significantly the membership of the Federation in Northern Ireland to the extent that, by 1988, the Federation had developed as the foremost voice among employers representatives bodies in Northern Ireland, representing 80+% of the employing power of the industry in Northern Ireland.

In 1990 Mr Stewart became Human Resource Director with the newly privatised Harland & Wolff and lead the change management process there.  Joe Stewart was appointed Chief Executive of the Police Authority in 1995, with responsibility for over 3,000 civilian staff, and sub-accounting responsibility for a budget in excess of £600m.  In his current role Mr Stewart is responsible for all recruitment training and promotion processes in the Police Service.  Mr Stewart also holds responsibility for all employee relations matters and for Occupational Health and Welfare.

Joe was awarded the OBE in 1994 for his services to policing and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Ms Donna ScottMs Donna Scott, Head of Legal Services  (hi res image click here )

Ms Donna Scott was appointed as Head of Legal Services for PSNI in September 2007.  Donna graduated from Queen's University, Belfast with an Honours degree in law in 1987.  After several years in private practice, Donna joined the Directorate of Legal Services at Central Services Agency as a defence lawyer for the Health Service in Northern Ireland, specialising in the defence of clinical negligence claims.  

Donna was then appointed as Assistant Director in 2000 and was a member of the Senior Management Team with responsibility for teams of lawyers working in the areas of clinical negligence, litigation and employment law.  During her time with the Health Service she was involved in advising Health Service bodies in relation to several high profile inquiries.

Photo of Liz YoungMs Liz Young, Head of Media and Public Relations  

Liz joined PSNI on 10th March 2008.  Prior to then she was Head of Communications for NI Water where she was responsible for External Communications, Internal Communications and Public Affairs.  During her time in NI Water Liz was also responsible for the development and implementation of the new branding for the organisation when it moved from Water Service to NI Water in April 2007.

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