Mark Rowley

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Sir Mark Rowley

Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations
In office
Preceded byCressida Dick
Succeeded byNeil Basu
Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Crime and Operations
In office
Preceded byLynne Owens
Chief Constable of Surrey Police
In office
Preceded byBob Quick
Succeeded byLynne Owens

Sir Mark Peter Rowley, QPM is a British retired senior police officer. He was the Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations of the Metropolitan Police Service and the concurrent Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council Counter-Terrorism Coordination Committee and National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing.[1][2] He was previously Chief Constable of Surrey Police (2009-2011), and also served as Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police between February 2017 and April 2017. He retired from the police in March 2018.[3]

Early life[edit]

Rowley was educated at Handsworth Grammar School, then an all boys state grammar school in Handsworth, Birmingham.[4] In 1983, he matriculated into St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1986.[5]


In 1987, Rowley began his policing career when he joined West Midlands Police as a constable.[6] His early career centred on Birmingham where he undertook a broad range of both uniformed and detective roles.[7]

He joined the National Criminal Intelligence Service as a Detective Superintendent.[7] During his time serving in the NCIS, he led the development of covert operations to combat organised crime.[6] In 2000, he joined Surrey Police as a senior officer when he was appointed Chief Superintendent in command of the West Surrey Basic Command Unit.[8][7][4] Starting in 2002, he led the five-year investigation into the murder of Milly Dowler.[7]

In November 2003, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable.[4] His responsibilities originally included local policing, crime reduction and criminal justice, but in 2005 his role changed and he became responsible for major and organised crime.[9] He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in 2007.[9] He served as temporary Chief Constable of Surrey Police from March 2008.[4] He was appointed Chief Constable of the force in March 2009.[6] From 2009 to 2011, he was a member of Association of Chief Police Officers Cabinet.[7]

He reached the short list of four candidates to become head of the new National Crime Agency but lost out to Keith Bristow.[10][11] He joined the Metropolitan Police Service as Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations in October 2011.[12][13]

In January 2018, Rowley announced he would retire from the police in March.[3] He was succeeded by Neil Basu. [14]



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Queens Police Medal for Merit.png Queen's Police Medal 31 December 2010 [16]
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  1. ^ "Leadership". About the Met. Metropolitan Police. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Police – Leadership". Metropolitan Police website. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Wright, Robert (9 January 2018). "Top UK counter terror cop Mark Rowley to retire". Financial Times. Retrieved 4 July 2018. to retire from policing in March
  4. ^ a b c d "Surrey Police Museum". Surrey Police. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Proud to be policing" (pdf). Robinson College, Cambridge. 2011. p. 4. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "Mark Rowley appointed new Surrey Police Chief Constable". Epsom Guardian. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Mark Rowley QPM". Think Trial Advisory Panel Biographies. Think Trial. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Mark Rowley makes Met Police move". Get Surrey. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  9. ^ a b "New Chief Constable For Surrey". Police Oracle. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  10. ^ Warrell, Helen (10 October 2011). "Warwickshire chief to head National Crime Agency". The Financial Times. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  11. ^ Travis, Alan (10 October 2011). "Warwickshire police chief to head national crime agency". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Metropolitan Police – Leadership". Metropolitan Police. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Lynne Owens is new Surrey Chief Constable". BBC News. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  14. ^ "New counter-terrorism chief appointed". BBC News. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  15. ^ "No. 62310". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 9 June 2018. p. B2.
  16. ^ "No. 59647". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2010. p. 26.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Bob Quick
Chief Constable of Surrey Police
Succeeded by
Lynne Owens
Preceded by
Lynne Owens
Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Crime and Operations)
Metropolitan Police Service

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Cressida Dick
Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations)
Metropolitan Police Service