Keith Bristow

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Keith Bristow was the Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police in 2011, when Home Secretary Theresa May announced she was appointing him as the first director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA).[1]

Independent consultancy work after leaving NCA

After stepping down as head of the National Crime Agency, Bristow sought the advice of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments(ACOBA) to set up an independent consultancy, dealing with 'leadership and management development, risk and reputation management, governance and standards, as well as law enforcement, security and policing'. He sought to take up two commissions as senior adviser to Interpol and Arcanum Global.

When considering his application, ACOBA

considered the relationship between the NCA and INTERPOL and were reassured by the views of the NCA and Home Office who had no concerns with him taking up work with INTERPOL.

Prime minister David Cameron accepted ACOBA's advice, and Bristow was permitted to set up the consultancy in January 2016 provided he:

  • does not use any privileged information he may have had access to in government
  • he serve a two year lobbying ban starting from his final day in office
  • for 12 months from his last day in office he does not take up any consultancy based work with an organisation that is dealing with the National Crime Agency
  • he seek the advice of the committee for each individual commission he may take up to ensure it is in accordance with the terms set by the commission.

Bristow has taken on various commissions and roles as chair of Gambling Anti-Money Laundering Group; non-executive chair with Arquebus Solutions; adviser to the commissioner of the Australian Federal Police; chair of the cyber crime advisory panel of Lloyd's Banking Group and member of the BT Group National Security Committee /Adviser to BT Security Enterprise Division.[2]