New Police Scotland Chief Constable Announced

Phil Gormley QPM has been appointed by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) as the next Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

Announcing the appointment, SPA Chair Andrew Flanagan said:

“The SPA has appointed Phil Gormley as the next Chief Constable of Police Scotland, following a rigorous appointment process. From a strong field, I am confident we have found the best candidate to build on the progress that policing in Scotland has made, and to address the issues and challenges that the service faces.

“He has extensive experience in leading law enforcement organisations with diverse workforces, operating across both rural and urban environments, and with local, national and international reach. That mix fits well with the needs of a single service here in Scotland.

”The new Chief Constable has challenges he will want to quickly address: re-engaging our workforce, tackling budget challenges, and bringing stability to the planning and implementation of organisational change.

“That is however just the start. We set out to find a leader with the vision to energise officers and staff towards innovative new approaches in the prevention of crime, and someone to reach out and build a strong connection between the single service and the local communities it serves. Those are key strengths we have identified in him and that he will bring to the wider police team.”

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said:  

“I am pleased to approve the Scottish Police Authority’s appointment of Phil Gormley QPM as the new Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

“Mr Gormley brings with him a wealth of experience in policing communities across the UK, including an extensive background in counter-terrorism, and has previously held high-profile roles as Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary and Deputy Director General of the National Crime Agency.

“While Police Scotland has faced challenges, the fundamentals of policing in Scotland remain sound and I am confident that, under Phil’s leadership, the organisation will continue to develop positively in the months and years ahead. I look forward to working with Mr Gormley when he takes up his post early next year.”

Phil Gormley said:

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve the many communities of Scotland as their Chief Constable. I believe I have the skills, the experience, and the insight required to lead the amazing workforce we have across Police Scotland. I have a 30 year career in policing and law enforcement, the last 13 years as a chief officer leading organisations delivering for the public in a period of profound transformation for policing. Police Scotland is on just such a journey and it will be my job to ensure our service strikes the right balance between local community approaches, and the many challenges we face from organised criminals, cybercrime and extremism. I am very excited and passionate about this unique professional and personal challenge, and I am looking forward to getting to work with my new team.”