Executive Team

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.

Winton Keenen – Chief Constable
Debbie Ford- Deputy Chief Constable

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 is the lead for Transformation and Force Improvement.

Scott Young - Assistant Chief Constable

Scott joined Northumbria from Humberside Police. Scott is an extremely experienced officer and during his time in Humberside, he led on a number of initiatives, including the roll-out of Neighbourhood Policing, and served as Divisional Commander for the City of Hull. Rising through the ranks, he held the position of Temporary Assistant Chief Constable in Humberside from February 2017 to September 2019.

Scott Young - Assistant Chief Constable
Neil Hutchison - Temporary Assistant Chief Constable

Neil Hutchison - Temporary Assistant Chief Constable

Neil joined Northumbria Police in 2016 as Area Commander for Newcastle and Gateshead and has also led the Communications Department. He previously served in the Metropolitan Police as a Senior Investigating Officer for homicides and has experience in tackling organised crime and gun crime. As Assistant Chief Constable, Neil is responsible for response, neighbourhood policing and investigation crime. He is the strategic lead for problem solving, community engagement, partnerships and legitimacy and public confidence. Neil is also a Strategic Firearms Commander and Public Order Commander.

David Felton - Temporary Assistant Chief Constable

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable David Felton leads the Crime, Safeguarding, Criminal Justice and Regional Organised Crime Unit portfolios. He has more than 25 years’ service in various roles and departments across the Force, including Crime, Communications, Operations and People Services.

David Felton - Temporary Assistant Chief Constable
Joscelin Lawson- Director of People & Development

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

Mike joined Northumbria Police in 1996 as the Financial Services Manager. Mike now is the Director of Finance, his portfolio includes Finance, Information and Strategic Asset Management.

Mike Tait- Director of Finance
David Sadler - Chief Information Officer

David Sadler - Chief Information Officer

David joined Northumbria Police in 2021 as Chief Information Officer and is responsible for ICT Development and Digital Policing.

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