Mark Thompson was appointed Interim Director on 21 April 2018, pending the availability of the new Director to take up the post.
His permanent position is the SFO’s Chief Operating Officer, a post he took up in October 2016.
An experienced financial investigator, Mark Thompson joined the SFO in 2004. Prior to joining the SFO, Mark started his career as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1997 and working for the National Audit Office and KPMG Forensic.
He headed the SFO’s Proceeds of Crime Division from 2012 to 2016 and in addition became its Chief Finance Officer in May 2015.
Alun Milford became General Counsel at the Serious Fraud Office in April 2012. Alun joined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 1992 after working as a solicitor in a City firm. He covered central London crime and became a solicitor-advocate in 1999. In 2004 he joined the Attorney General’s Office specialising in contempt of court and unduly lenient sentences. Three years later, he moved to the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO), establishing and leading its Asset Forfeiture Division. He returned to the CPS in 2009 and was appointed as head of its Organised Crime Division following its merger with RCPO.
Chief Operating Officer
Simon Duckworth OBE DL was appointed in July 2011. Simon has been a member of the City of London’s Police Committee, the police authority for the City of London Police, since 2002. He served as its Chairman from 2008-12 and currently serves as chairman of the City’s Economic Crime Board. Simon has worked closely with the Home Office in recent years and served on both the Home Office’s National Crime Agency Programme Board and its Economic Crime Co-ordination Board. A former Chairman of the National Olympic Security Oversight Group, Simon was the first Chairman of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners and remains as one of their non-executive directors. Simon has extensive Board level experience of quoted PLCs and AIM companies and is Chairman of Barings Targeted Return Fund and a non-executive director of Pinnacle Technology plc.
Tony Osbaldiston was appointed in October 2013. He has significant expertise as a senior finance director and brings operational, international and City experience to the SFO. He has served on the boards of a wide variety of public limited companies, including FirstGroup PLC, Raymarine PLC, the BSS Group PLC, and Synstar International PLC. Tony is currently Non-Executive Chairman of the Encon Group and Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the audit committee of Severfield plc.
Ruth Evans was appointed in January 2015. Ruth has extensive experience championing the public and consumer interest. She has served as Chair and Deputy Chair of four regulatory boards and two independent Inquiries and as a NED of four financial services businesses. She has led three charities and served as CEO of the National Consumer Council for seven years. Ruth was also Non-Executive Commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission until May 2015. Today she is the Chair of ATVOD, the regulator of television on demand, and NED and Chair of Rem Co of CPP Group PLC. In June 2016, Ruth was also appointed Chairperson of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).
Declaration of interests for Non-Executive Directors are available in the transparency section.