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Association of Police Authorities vice chair Peter Holland has been appointed as the first chair of the new Nationa...
Association of Police Authorities vice chair Peter Holland has been appointed as the first chair of the new National Policing Improvement Agency.

Home Office minister Tony McNulty said:

'Peter Holland will bring very substantial experience, commitment and knowledge to this crucial role. With his police authority and business delivery experience, I am confident that the NPIA under his chairmanship will provide the right service to drive forward improvements in policing and further drive down crime.'

Mr Holland said:

'The National Policing Improvement Agency will be a dynamic and forward looking organisation that is both led and owned by the police. I am convinced that the NPIA will support and equip the police service to protect and secure our communities even better.'

The appointment was made by the home secretary after an open selection process conducted under the guidance of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments following the recommendation of a panel comprising the Home Office's director general Crime, Policing and Counter Terrorism, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), chair of the Association of Police Authorities (APA) and an independent assessor from the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA).


1. Peter Holland is currently the elected vice chair of the APA, leading on IT matters. A journalist by profession, he was at Reuters for 23 years, starting out as a financial journalist and moving through varied roles, including Managing Director of Reuters Europe, Reuters Overseas Ltd and chair of Reuters Latin America/Africa and what is now Reuters Television.

2. He is on the boards of both Centrex and the Police Information and Technology Organisation (PITO). In 1995 he was appointed independent member of Hertfordshire Police Authority, and in 1997 was elected chair until standing down in 2003. In 2001 he was appointed an independent council member of the Telecommunications Ombudsman Service (Otelo) and subsequently elected chair. In 2002 he was appointed chair of Herts in Trust, a charity working to support safer communities and lower crime rates in Hertfordshire; and in 2005 appointed to the board of St John Ambulance Ltd and chair of its audit committee.

3. He was appointed a deputy lord lieutenant of Hertfordshire in 2000 and awarded the CBE for services to policing in the New Years Honours 2005.

4. He will initially chair the National Policing Improvement Agency in 'shadow' form. Subject to the passage by Parliament of the Police and Justice Bill the Agency will come formally into existence in April 2007.

5. The NPIA with be a central resource to help and support police forces improve how they work. It will be committed to driving continuous improvement across policing as a whole in order to deliver better services to the public. It will be a fresh and forward-looking organisation, led and owned by the police and striving to maintain the trust and respect of all its policing partners.

6. Peter Neyroud is chief executive designate, having taken up post in January.

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