Nick was appointed as MPS Assistant Commissioner (AC) for Frontline Policing in March 2020; he was previously AC for Met Operations after returning to the MPS from Surrey in 2019, where he was the Chief Constable. He currently leads over 21,000 officers and staff who deliver frontline operational activity across the Met. As a Chief Officer, Nick has national portfolio responsibility for Criminal Justice.
Nick first joined the Met in 1990, having previously worked as a physicist in the NHS. Nick initially served in the East End, then spent time in Special Branch, Custody and Town Centre Proactive Teams at Brixton as a Sergeant and as a DI in Peckham, running robbery and burglary squads. As an SIO he worked on the South London Murder Squad and received a Judge´s Commendation for his role as SIO in charge of the successful reinvestigation of the murder of Damilola Taylor.
His roles have also included setting up a guns and gangs unit in Southwark, Crime Commander for the Notting Hill Carnival over several years and Staff Officer to the Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair (now Lord Blair). He was also responsible for designing and implementing the National Counter Terrorism Co-ordination Centre at New Scotland Yard and was Borough Commander for Lambeth before his promotion to Commander in Territorial Policing where he led on Criminal Justice, Custody and Crime Policy for the MPS.
In 2013, Nick was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable of Surrey Police and in 2016, was appointed Chief Constable.