PSNI strengthens executive team with four senior appointments

The Police Service of Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) executive team has been strengthened with the appointments of two assistant chief constables and two assistant chief officers to support the force’s plans for service modernisation.

Jan 21, 2022
By Paul Jacques

Mark McNaughten has been appointed as assistant chief officer for corporate services and Aldrina Magwood as assistant chief officer for strategic planning and transformation.

Bobby Singleton and Chris Todd have been appointed as new assistant chief constables.

The appointments were confirmed by the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) on Friday (January 21).

Welcoming the announcement, Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “Following a competitive selection process by the Board, I am delighted to welcome four new people into these senior roles.

“Each person brings fresh talent and experience to our team. This will support our plans for service modernisation and help us to deliver on the ambitions within our Policing Plan.

“Both the service executive team and I wish them every success and look forward to working together with them.”

NIPB chair Doug Garrett said: “Appointing the PSNI leadership team is an important role for the Board and I am delighted to confirm that four new appointments have been made.

“Supporting the chief constable, deputy chief constable and chief operating officer role in the delivery of policing, each will play a key role as a member of the PSNI service executive team. As a Board, we look forward to working with them in the time ahead.

“The assistant chief officer level appointments fill new positions created as the result of a restructure to the leadership team and the assistant chief constable appointments fill vacancies at that level.”

Mr McNaughten was temporary assistant chief officer for corporate services at the PSNI, while Ms Magwood is currently director of performance and reform in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Mr Singleton is currently a temporary assistant chief constable at the PSNI and Mr Todd is a temporary assistant chief constable at West Midlands Police.

Mr Garrett said the appointments were approved by the NIPB and the Justice Minister in line with legislation. Each of the appointments comprised a rigorous selection process involving a panel of Board members.

He added that each competition was progressed on the “key principles of merit, fairness, openness and transparency” and independent scrutiny was incorporated at all stages of the competitions to provide “added probity and assurance”.

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