Bill Hughes

Bill Hughes


William (Bill) Hughes CBE QPM B.Sc (Hons) was born in Oxford and started working life in the car industry as an apprentice, leading to becoming a crash safety engineer. Obtained a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University.

Joined the police in 1975 and served for 35 years, the last ten as head of the National Crime Squad and its successor, the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

After retirement worked as a self-employed consultant in law enforcement working internationally, between 2010 and 2017. Adviser to Chatham House and RUSI on drug policy and legislation, and with RAND on policing organisation and structure, and with Transparency International on police corruption and organisation.

Bill is an independent member of the Financial Systems Vulnerabilities Committee of HSBC on financial crime risk and cybercrime, between 2013 and 2017, and currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Cambridge Dial a Ride since 2018.

He was awarded the Queens Police Medal in 2001 and made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009, and gained a private pilots licence in 2014.