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Sir Hugh Orde OBE QPM

An Internationally acclaimed police leader with a proven track record in delivering complex organisational change in the most challenging environments.  Sir Hugh is an experienced operator in crisis management situations at the highest level and against a terrorist backdrop.  Unique experience in managing and engaging in complex peace processes nationally and internationally, working across government to deliver lasting change. A respected international speaker on leadership, police reform, negotiation in peace processes, terrorism, police ethics, governance, politics and policing.

He was appointed Commander (Crime) for southwest London in June 1998 and in April 1999 was the officer in command of the racially motivated Brixton bombing in which 50 people were injured.   As Commander he also developed Operation Trident, an operation set up to deal with serious drugs related crime in London.  

He was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner in October 1999 and was given day-to-day responsibility for the Commissioner’s Enquiry (Stevens III) into collusion and the murder of a prominent solicitor in Northern Ireland.   

In September 2002 Sir Hugh was appointed Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), a position he held for seven years.  During his time in Northern Ireland he reformed the police force increasing Catholic recruitment, established the HET- the Historical Enquiries Team, made significant inroads into the developing peace process with the end of the IRA threat and won the support of unprecedented numbers of nationalists and Catholics.  His work in Northern Ireland also saw him forge strong political and operational links with America. 

Sir Hugh was appointed vice-president of the Association of Chief Police Officers in 2006 and in 2009 he became its president entrusted by his chief officer colleagues to steer policing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland into the 21st century. He retired from this position in February 2015

Sir Hugh Orde was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to policing, and in 2005 was knighted for his work. In 2008 he was awarded the annual Leadership Award from the Police Executive Research Forum recognising his work in changing policing in Northern Ireland following the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.   In 2010 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for services to policing.

Sir Hugh is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. He holds a Degree in Public Administration, an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent and an honorary doctorate in law from Ulster University, where he is a visiting professor.