David Green (Director of the SFO)
|Director of the Serious Fraud Office|
2012 – April 2018
|Minister||Dominic Grieve (until 2014), Jeremy Wright (since 2014)|
|Preceded by||Richard Alderman|
|Succeeded by||Lisa Osofsky|
David John Mark Green
8 March 1954
|Alma mater||St Catharine's College, Cambridge|
|Occupation||Director of the Serious Fraud Office|
|Awards||Companion of the Order of the Bath (2011)|
Career at the Bar
Educated at Christ's Hospital and then St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, Green initially joined Defence Intelligence in 1975, leaving in 1978, being called to the Bar in 1979 and practising as a barrister. He has served as an assistant Recorder since 1996, and as a Recorder since 2000, when he was also appointed Queen's Counsel.
In 2004, Green was appointed a Director of Customs and Excise, during the creation of HM Revenue and Customs, leading the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO). He served in that position until 2010, when RCPO started being merged into the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He stayed as head until 2011, as the CPS's Director of its Central Fraud Group, being replaced by Sue Patten.
Brief return to private practice
In April 2011, Green returned to private practise, joining 6 King's Bench Walk chambers. Since his return to the Bar, he has been instructed in complex strategic export cases and as disclosure counsel in a substantial revenue fraud.
I welcome David Green's appointment to this key post. He joins at a challenging and exciting time for the Serious Fraud Office. The government is committed to a better and more coordinated approach to economic crime and is putting the structures in place to effect this. The SFO will play an important role in this new strategy, working with Economic Crime Command partners and energetically pursuing the corruption and fraud which cause so much damage to victims, to law abiding competitors and to the UK's wider economy and reputation.— Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC.
Green served his original four year term, and was extended for two years in February 2016. Announcing extension of his appointment, The Attorney General commented:
In his time as Director of the SFO David Green led a change in the organisation's approach to prosecuting cases and delivered the first UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement and the first convictions under the Bribery Act 2010. I look forward to working with him in the next phase of his leadership of the Serious Fraud Office.
As of 2015, Green was paid a salary of between £170,000 and £174,999, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.
Notable awards and rankings
Customs and Excise
Revenue and Customs
as Director, Central Fraud Group,
Crown Prosecution Service
as Director, Crime Group,
Revenue and Customs
| Director, Central Fraud Group,
Crown Prosecution Service
Serious Fraud Office
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