Nick Alston joined the University as Chair of PIER having served as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. His role is to help establish PIER as the academic and research partner of choice for the police forces in Eastern Region of England.
Nick Alston has a long background in defence, security and policing. After graduating from Cambridge University he was commissioned into the Royal Navy where he joined the staff of the Royal Naval Engineering College as a lecturer in Materials Science. From there he worked for a further 29 years in the United Kingdom National Security arena with particular expertise in counter terrorism before joining Goldman Sachs where he became a Managing Director and co-head of its worldwide corporate security office.
In 2012 Nick was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. He was responsible among other things for the Police and Crime Plan and for police funding as well as holding the Chief Constable to account for effective and efficient policing. He has a particular interest in encouraging partnership working between public sector agencies and involving the voluntary and third sectors.
Nick was appointed CBE in the 1997 New Year’s Honours list.
Nick Alston has been a regular commentator on policing and crime issues for local, regional and national radio and television.