The Executive Team provides Northumbria Police with the leadership needed to ensure delivery of the force strategy.
Each member of the Executive Team is designated with responsibility and leadership for key areas, ensuring policing, strategies and methods are developed to support the force in providing the service expected by its communities.
The team works with colleagues, the Police and Crime Commissioner, staff associations, external organisations, the Home Office, partners in the criminal justice system and the private business sector, to support the force as it serves Northumbria’s communities.
Winton Keenen – Chief Constable
Chief Constable Keenen's policing career began with Northumbria in 1985 when he was posted to Sunderland as a frontline Pc. In 2003/4, he was posted to Iraq and was responsible for setting up a police training academy and advising local senior police officers. During Winton’s career he has taken on a variety of specialist roles including those of dedicated Senior Investigating Officer for homicide and Kidnap and Extortion, Crisis and Hostage Negotiation Co-ordinator, as well as Tactical and Strategic Firearms Commander and Head of Crime.
Debbie Ford- Deputy Chief Constable
Deputy Chief Constable Debbie Ford joined Northumbria as a PC in 1993 before rising through the ranks and serving as the Force’s Head of Crime until 2015. She was temporarily promoted to Assistant Chief Constable but left the Force eight months later to take a permanent position at Greater Manchester Police. Debbie returned to Northumbria as Assistant Chief Constable in 2018 and has recently been appointed the role of Deputy Chief Constable. Debbie will lead on the Transformation portfolio and Force Improvement.
Rachel Bacon – Assistant Chief Constable
Rachel joined Northumbria Police in June 2017 and is responsible for the Citizens Focus portfolio which includes Custody, Criminal Justice and Safeguarding. Previously working in Sussex and Hampshire Police in a variety of roles Rachel was most recently Head of Crime for Sussex together with leading a number of collaborated Specialist Crime units. This included intelligence; organised crime; cyber and economic crime. Rachel is an accredited Strategic Firearms Commander and is the national NPCC lead for the College of Policing licence to practice in Child Sexual Abuse investigations.
Helen McMillan – Assistant Chief Constable
Helen joined Northumbria in June 2017, having previously worked for Durham Constabulary in a variety of roles, most recently as Assistant Chief Constable. She has experience of working in many operational roles, in training and professional standards departments and is an experienced firearms and public order commander. Assistant Chief Constable McMillian is responsible for Territorial Policing and Operations.
David Felton- Temporary Assistant Chief Constable
David has more than 23 years’ service in various roles and departments across the force, including area command, Neighbourhood, Crime Department and Communications. In November 2018 David was promoted to Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for Protective Services and has responsibility for Communications and Crime Department and is the Senior Responsible Officer for the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).
Joscelin Lawson- Director of People & Development
Joscelin joined Northumbria Police in 1990 and is the strategic lead for departments such as Business Services, Communications and Engagement, Human Resources, People Development and Legal Services.
Mike Tait- Director of Finance & IT
Mike joined Northumbria Police in 1996 as the Financial Services Manager. Mike now is the Director of Finance and ICT and his portfolio includes Finance, ICT, Information and Strategic Asset Management.