Top honours go to NCA staff and federated ranks 

The highest awards given to UK law enforcement in the Queen’s New Year Honours have gone to senior National Crime Agency (NCA) staff but a greater proportion continue to be given to rank and file officers. 

Dec 28, 2018
By Website Editor

NCA Deputy Director Thomas Dowdall and Senior Manager Andrea Wilson have been appointed Commanders of the British Empire (CBE). 

Mr Dowdall receives the honour for services to tackling organised crime while Ms Wilson receives her award for services to law and order and diversity in the workplace. 

Other major honours go to a Greater Manchester Police superintendent who has fought to maintain community cohesion after race riots in 2011, the deputy chief constable of West Midlands Police (WMP) and many officers and staff involved in the 2017 terror atrocities (opens new tab). However, fewer senior officers have been given awards as the honours list also contains 30 officers from federated ranks across England and Wales. 

Seven current and former NCA officers make the New Year Honours List – the most the NCA has ever had – and agency Director General Lynne Owens has spoken of her pride at seeing such a range of individuals honoured for the work with the NCA and beyond.

She said: “What strikes me about them is the breadth of backgrounds that they come from and the very different areas of work they are involved in, from front line operations and intelligence, to strategic leadership.”

Tom Dowdall

Mr Dowdall is responsible for the agency’s response to organised immigration crime, modern slavery and serious and organised crime at the borders. Since 2015 he has led the internationally respected Project Invigor taskforce. 

He previously worked for HM Customs & Excise, the Immigration Service and latterly the UK Border Agency, where he was responsible for the juxtaposed UK border controls in France and Belgium. He was part of the team that worked on the creation of the NCA before taking charge of the agency’s Border policing responsibilities. 

He said: “Growing up in Brixton in the 1970s and 80s was about as far removed from this as you can get so being honoured in this way was never something that entered my mind. Leading the Invigor taskforce has been an absolute delight. Taking forward political intent and then shaping and leading an operational response is something that everyone involved can take real pride. It has been an honour leading a great team of people both in the NCA and partner agencies.” 

Ms Wilson has spent the last 16 years of her 26-year career in covert policing and investigations, and as a result she is now regarded as one of the UK’s senior subject matter and technical experts. 

As the NCA’s first female Specialist Tactical Firearms Commander she is also a champion of women in policing both in the UK and abroad, and her work has led to increased investment in the support and development of female officers in an area of work where women have traditionally been under-represented. 

Ms Wilson said: “I have absolutely loved every minute of my career and have been privileged to work with some fantastic individuals, some of whom have made me the officer I am today. Being recognised in this way was a complete shock and the last thing I expected to read when I opened the letter.” 

Mark Tyrrell-Smith

After joining the National Criminal Intelligence Service, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and now the NCA, Mark Tyrrell-Smith became a pioneer in intelligence collection, developing cutting edge tools and tactics. He has been honoured with an OBE. 

Before his latest career in law enforcement Mr Tyrrell-Smith spent more than 20 years in the army and then managing director for the Amber Foundation, a charity to help young people suffering from drug addiction.

Following a 39-year career in law enforcement, retired NCA officer Paul Boone has been awarded an MBE. 

Mr Boone worked in serious crime and counter-terrorism for Greater Manchester Police, and also served in the North West Regional Crime Squad. He was involved in a number of high-profile cases including the 1996 Manchester bombing enquiry, before serving at NCIS and SOCA prior to moving into the NCA. 

From 2013 Mr Boone managed the Fugitives Unit, but most recently he led the NCA’s Child Sexual Exploitation Referrals Bureau, the UK gateway for industry referrals of indecent images of children. 

James Traynor started his career at Kent Police in 1999, working in CID and child protection, before transferring over to CEOP in 2009. 

For the last seven years he has worked as part of the the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’s Victim Identification Team and has received an MBE for services to Law Enforcement. 

Mr Traynor wrote the victim ID guidance and training now used by every police force, and has worked closely with central government, advising the Sentencing Advisory Panel on guidelines relating to sexual offences, and influenced the creation of new UK legislation for the possession of paedophile manuals. 

Other NCA staff receiving awards include an MBE to intelligence hub officer Gayle Houstoun, who supported the City of London Police’s Casualty Bureau in the aftermath of the Manchester bombings and the London Bridge attack, taking calls from members of the public who were reporting friends or family as missing. 

At the NCA she plays a crucial role in the National Intelligence Hub, where she has overseen a step change in the way the agency delivers assessments and reports strategic threats to the wider law enforcement community, enabling an entirely new Government approach to serious and organised crime. 

NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland has been awarded a QPM for distinguished services to policing. 

Ms Owens personally congratulated all seven on their achievement, saying: “I am delighted to see Tom, Andrea, Mark, Paul, James, Nikki and Gayle receive this national and well deserved form of official recognition for their service. In their own way they are all inspirational individuals. 

“What unites them all is a passion for what they do and a desire to protect the public. They have all made a huge contribution in this respect and thoroughly deserve their awards.”

“It is with great pride that on behalf of the NCA I offer our congratulations.”

Uniting communities in Manchester

While working in districts across Greater Manchester, Superintendent Umer Khan helped bring people together in many different ways. Most of note, helping communities in Oldham after the riots in 2011 and working with communities and partners in Rochdale to maintain law, order and cohesion before, during and after 30 demonstrations. 

He has received an OBE in the New Year Honours.

Supt Khan’s passion for uniting communities and encouraging people to celebrate their differences has led him to lead the national #WeStandTogether initiative for the last three years, uniting various organisations and communities under one umbrella and in 2017 he helped launch the Greater Manchester based #WeStandTogether charity dedicated to developing cohesion and tackling hate. 

Outside of work he is also an ambassador for countless charities, including Remembering Srebrenica and The Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine. Supt Khan has also undertaken voluntary work in Ethiopia and Pakistan, most recently transforming two villages in Pakistan and has been a community cricket coach for the past ten years with two boys from his coaching team gaining professional cricket contracts. 

Supt Khan said: “It’s an absolute honour to be awarded an OBE for work that I truly believe in. 

“I feel proud and privileged to have the opportunity to serve the people of Greater Manchester, and feel blessed to be able to make a small difference through my work. Community cohesion doesn’t happen by itself – it is a real team effort. I am inspired by our communities and people who adopt the message of unity and inclusion. The world is a different place now but it’s even more important than ever that we all come together to celebrate our differences, continue to be a positive voice against hatred and truly come together to tackle discrimination in all its forms. 

“My family, particularly my parents, are absolutely delighted and are so proud so I would like to thank them, my GMP colleagues and above all the people of Greater Manchester for all the care and support given to me.” 

GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “This is an outstanding honour and recognises the huge contribution Umer has made to our communities and to Greater Manchester Police. He also makes a valuable contribution to Greater Manchester outside of work and as such, this is a fitting recognition of his dedication and commitment.” 

WMP Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe also received an OBE, as does the former deputy chief constable of Lancashire Constabulary, now chief executive of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Adrian McAllister.

A Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) representative from Avon and Somerset Constabulary is among those recognised – PC Adrian Secker has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his outstanding services to policing and the community. 

PC Secker, has been a police officer for 29 years and now works in response in Bath and is a well-known and respected figure in the community. Bath has a large deaf community and PC Secker took it upon himself to learn British sign language so that he could communicate with everybody in the community in which he served. He is also the force liaison officer for the deaf community and provides support to the charity Action on Hearing Loss. 

Alongside his ‘day job’ and his work as a Federation Rep, PC Secker is also a governor for a local school for children with behaviour issues where he is a positive role model for many children. He also leads the Bath Police Cadets. 

In response to the news PC Secker, who is due to retire from the force in February, said: “I am absolutely staggered and extremely humbled and proud to receive this honour. My late dad would have been beaming with pride.” 

The PFEW said it would like to continue to see more officers across England and Wales receiving awards for their dedication and commitment to keeping the public safe, especially in these times of austerity. 

PFEW National Chair John Apter said: “I would like to extend a big congratulations to all those officers recognised in the 2019 Queen’s New Year’s Honours. 

“It makes me incredibly proud to see so many of my colleagues from across England and Wales being recognised so highly for the outstanding contributions they have made to policing and in the communities in which they serve. 

“To receive such recognition from Her Majesty the Queen is something each and every officer receiving an honour should be immensely proud of. Police officers are unsung heroes, it’s great to see them being celebrated in this way.” 

Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd, said: “Every day, members of the police and fire services do a fantastic job of protecting and serving the British public.  

“I continue to be humbled by the bravery and dedication of the men and women on the frontline and the tireless efforts of those behind the scenes. It is only right that a number of police and fire personnel have been recognised for their contributions in the face of the challenging situations they tackle every day.   

“I congratulate everyone receiving the Queen’s Police Medal and other awards today.”

Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Chief Constable Sara Thornton, said: “I am delighted to see so many officers, staff and volunteers recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. We are grateful to all recipients, from every level of policing, for their contributions to local communities and public safety.

“Their commitment and dedication at a time where law enforcement must adapt to changing trends deserves our praise. Congratulations to everyone on the list.”

The full list of recipients is as follows:


Thomas Dowdall, Deputy Director, National Crime Agency. For services to Tackling Organised Crime.  

Andrea Wilson, Senior Manager, National Crime Agency. For services to Law and Order and Diversity in the Workplace. 


William Bryden, Head of Scenes of Crime, British Transport Police. 

Mark Gower, Detective Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Zac Idun, Acting Detective Sergeant, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Umer Khan, Superintendent, Greater Manchester Police. 

Adrian McAllister, Chief Executive of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and former Deputy Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary.  

Louisa Rolfe, Deputy Chief Constable, West Midlands Police.  

Claire Summers, Head of Technical Innovation and Development. Police Staff, Metropolitan Police Service.   

Mark Tyrrell-Smith, Acting Head of Department, National Data Unit, National Crime Agency. 


Paul Boone, Manager, National Crime Agency.  

Robert Gallagher, Police Staff, Forensic and Digital Investigations Manager, North West Greater Manchester Police.  

Richard Gill, former police officer, British Transport Police.  

Gayle Houstoun, Manager, National Crime Agency.  

Anthony Joy, Senior Intelligence Analyst, Metropolitan Police Service.   

Rosemary Leech, Inspector, Police Service of Northern Ireland.  

Derek May, Special Chief Inspector, Kent Police.   

Craig Rankine QPM, Inspector, Police Scotland.   

James Traynor, Senior Officer, Child Exploitation and Online Protection, National Crime Agency.  

Duncan Worsell, Chief Superintendent, Civil Nuclear Constabulary.  

Rosemary Wright, Superintendent, Local Policing Development and Support, Police Scotland.   

British Empire Medal (BEM) 

Kenneth Avery, Special Inspector, Hampshire Constabulary.  

Lewis Brown, Police Community Support Officer, British Transport Police.   

Andrew John Dunmore, Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service.   

Stewart Henderson, Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service.   

Elizabeth Johnstone, Police Volunteer, Metropolitan Police Service.  

Liam Jones, Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service.  

John Kenealy, former Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service.  

Bernadette Lawrie (Bernadette Clark), Police Constable, Sussex Police.  

Stephen Marsh, Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service.  

Mary Mayes, Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service.  

Robert Arthur McInnes, Community Police Officer, Camelon.   

Richard Moore, Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service.  

Jon Morrey, Police Community Support Officer, British Transport Police.   

Cairn Newton-Evans, Special Chief Officer, Dyfed-Powys Police.  

Richard Paines, Constable, South Wales Police.  

Jeremy Pearce, former Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service.  

Charles Pearson, Special Sergeant, West Mercia Constabulary.  

Howard Rayner, Special Superintendent, Essex Police.   

Mark Renshaw, Police Constable, British Transport Police.  

Adrian Secker, Police Constable, Avon and Somerset Constabulary.  

Virginia Shoesmith, Police Community Support Officer, Suffolk Constabulary.  

Jared Simpson, Special Sergeant, Greater Manchester Police.  

Alan Smith, Special Sergeant, British Transport Police.   

Laurence Anthony Unthank, Police Volunteer, Surrey Police.   


Police Constable Caroline Adams, Sussex Police. 

Police Constable Tim Andrews, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Police Constable Sam Balfour, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Detective Superintendent Sara Buchanan, Police Scotland

Police Constable Michael Buckley, Greater Manchester Police. 

Police Constable Jessica Bullough, British Transport Police. 

Police Constable Nick Carlisle, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Detective Inspector Billy Cross, Police Service of Northern Ireland 

Detective Superintendent John Crossley, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Chief Superintendent Belinda Davies, South Wales Police. 

Former Inspector Terence Finn, Greater Manchester Police. 

Police Constable Liam Fitzpatrick, Police Scotland

Detective Constable Kimberly Hegarty, Police Service of Northern Ireland 

Former Assistant Chief Constable Nicola Holland, Merseyside Police. 

Detective Constable Jonathan Hook, Avon and Somerset Constabulary. 

Former Sergeant Leslie Jackson, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Superintendent Brian Kee, Police Service of Northern Ireland 

Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Malkin, Durham Constabulary. 

Chief Superintendent Richard Mifsud, Royal Gibraltar Police 

Inspector Mustafa Muhammed, West Midlands Police. 

Former Assistant Chief Constable (Commander) Teresa Nicholson, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Police Constable Iain Rae, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Former Chief Superintendent Alison Roden, Kent Police. 

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Devon and Cornwall Police. 

Inspector Dale Sexton, Greater Manchester Police. 

Assistant Chief Constable Christopher Shead, National Police Co-ordination Centre. 

Former Detective Constable Graham Spencer, Humberside Police. 

Police Constable Philip Stone, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Former Detective Sergeant Janine Sullivan, West Yorkshire Police. 

Police Constable Bartosz Tchorzewski, Metropolitan Police Service. 

Assistant Chief Constable Nelson Telfer, Police Scotland

Chief Constable James Vaughan, Dorset Police. 

Inspector Amanda Williams, Gwent Police.


Richard Mark ULLGER, Superintendent, Royal Gibraltar Police 

Others of note 


Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, for protecting information 

Susan Hemming OBE, Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order, particularly in Counter Terrorism.  


Dr Richard Thompson, Head of Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Home Office. For services to Countering Terrorism. 

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