Matt is a National Crime Agency (NCA) Deputy Director (DD) of Investigations. Matt has served as an NCA Officer since the organisation’s creation in October 2013. Prior to this Matt worked for 7 years with the Serious Organised Crime Agency, a precursor organisation of the NCA; and prior to this as a police officer from 1992. He has provided 29 years continuing public service in UK law enforcement.
Matt has extensive experience in the field of Serious Organised Crime (SOC), operating at the national and international level. He has worked on, and led, a very large number of SOC investigations, utilising the full range of tactics, investigative methodologies and technical capabilities available to UK law enforcement.
Matt's recent leadership responsibilities have also included Professional Standards and Anti-Corruption; Senior Security Advisor; Asset Denial and Complex Financial Crime; National Capability Lead for Technical Surveillance; Chair of the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Operational Technology Working Group; and Authorising Officer for Undercover Operations. In addition, for the last five years Matt has performed the role of Strategic Firearms Commander.
His previous roles have included Intelligence Manager, Senior Investigating Officer, Branch Commander, Regional Head of Investigations, Head of Technical Operations and Forensics, and Head of the National Cyber Crime Unit. As a police officer, Matt worked in a range of roles as a Detective Constable, Detective Sergeant and Detective Inspector.
Since April 2019, Matt has been the NCA’s Strategic Lead for the response to the criminal use of technology, including criminally dedicated secure communications. Matt is the UK Gold Commander for Operation VENETIC, which is the multi-agency national law-enforcement response to the exploitation and take down of the ENCROCHAT criminally dedicated communications platform.