LWC welcomes Lynne Owens CBE, Director General of the National Crime Agency
We were incredibly fortunate to have Lynne Owens CBE at LWC this week delivering an inspiring presentation on ‘The Changing Nature of Serious and Organised Crime’. Lynne was greeted by a packed audience of 6th Formers, academic scholars, staff and guests from the local community and some of our partner schools.
An experienced police officer, Lynne joined the Metropolitan Police Service and served initially as a Constable in Catford. She later moved to Kent Police as a Sergeant where she rose to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector in the Major Crime Department.
Lynne moved to Surrey Police in 2002 rising to Assistant Chief Constable, responsible for Territorial Operations. She was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2008 and was appointed Acting Deputy Chief Constable before returning to the Metropolitan Police Service in 2009 as Deputy Assistant Commissioner. She was promoted to Assistant Commissioner the following year, serving as head of Central Operations and Specialist Crime Directorates which included leading the policing operations for the Royal Wedding in 2011. She returned to Surrey Police in 2012 following her appointment as Chief Constable and in 2015 was awarded the CBE for services to policing and criminal justice in the Queen’s Honours List. She took up the post as Director General in January 2016.
Lynne’s messages on the changing nature of serious and organised crime were hard-hitting, notably around drugs, exploitation, cyber-crime and on-line behaviours, yet her message was one of inspiration and clear advice to our pupils about how best to protect themselves in our ever changing digital world. The evening prompted an interesting ‘Q and A’ where LWC pupils posed some thoughtful questions to our guest speaker. Lynne also encouraged them to think about a career route with the National Crime Agency, one which we are sure many are now inspired to consider.