The NPCC membership elects a full-time Chair, who holds the office of Constable and the rank of Chief Constable under the Police Reform Act 2002. Martin Hewitt is the current Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council.
Martin Hewitt QPM
Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council
Martin Hewitt is Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). He was appointed in April 2019. He began his policing career with Kent Police in 1993 and transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service in 2005.
As an Assistant Commissioner for five years, Martin led frontline and local policing, specialist crime and professional standards. He led the national police response to adult sexual offences and kidnap between 2014 and 2019, and served as a Vice-Chair for the NPCC from 2015 before taking on the chairmanship.
The NPCC Chair is supported by two Vice Chairs, each of whom conduct their NPCC role in addition to their full time operational role as Chief Constables. The Vice Chairs act as peer advisors and provide support to the Chair and deputise in their absence.
Giles York QPM
Chief Constable of Sussex Police
As Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York works closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne,and leads the Chief Officer team for Sussex Police.
Giles started his service in Maidstone with Kent Police in 1990. In 2005 Giles was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable with South Wales Police and in 2008 was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable with Sussex Police.
In 2014 he was promoted to Chief Constable for Sussex Police. Giles is the force lead for Diversity and in this role he has established a network of force champions who lead internally and externally for different aspects of diversity. Giles’s work with the diversity champions has led to Sussex Police regularly being in the Stonewall top 100 employers.
He is the National Police Business Area lead for Workforce Futures and the national leadership portfolio within that. Giles led the implementation of the Minerva programme coordinated through the Niche Development Board. This provides the opportunity for some 22 forces to work towards all using common business processes.
He is the SRO for Digital First, identifying the best way for the digital transfer of evidence across the criminal justice system. He is also the national lead for Intellectual Property Crime.
Giles was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal in the 2015 New Years Honours.
Dave Thompson QPM LLB (Hons)
Chief Constable of West Midlands Police
Dave Thompson joined Greater Manchester Police in 1990 after graduating in Law at Liverpool University.
During his career in Greater Manchester Police he served from Constable to Assistant Chief Constable. His career highlights included working on the Manchester Olympic bid and leading work on New Deal for East Manchester. He commanded the main policing operations for the 2002 Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester Stadium including the opening and closing ceremonies. He was also Commander for central Manchester, policing the diverse committee of Moss Side and Longsight. As Assistant Chief Constable he led policing portfolios for Operations, Local Policing, Crime, Information Technology and Terrorism. At a national level he led the 2010 review of National Counter Terrorism Structures.
In 2010 Dave became Deputy Chief Constable for West Midlands Police and oversaw the force’s change programme and led national work on gangs and the criminal use of firearms.
In January 2016 he was appointed Chief Constable and sets the strategic direction for the force within the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Plan. He is committed to delivering a modern policing service that prevents crime, protects people and offers help to those in need. He leads on Finance for the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Apollo programme within National Counter Terrorism Policing.
He is Chair of the Commonwealth Games 2022 Security Board and was appointed Vice Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council in 2019.
Dave was awarded the QPM in 2014 for services to policing.