Rob Wainwright (civil servant)

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Sir Rob Wainwright
Director Wainwright at the World Economic Forum.jpg
Wainwright in January 2012
Executive Director of Europol
In office
April 16, 2009 – May 1, 2018
Preceded byMax-Peter Ratzel
Succeeded byCatherine De Bolle
Personal details
Born17 September 1967
Carmarthen, Wales[1]
EducationLondon School of Economics (BSc)
ProfessionLaw Enforcement

Sir Robert Mark Wainwright KCMG (born 17 September 1967) is a British civil servant. He was the director of Europol from 16 April 2009 until 1 May 2018.


He was brought up in Pontyberem and attended Gwendraeth Grammar School. Wainwright was educated at the London School of Economics graduating with a BSc in 1989.[2]


He then worked for the United Kingdom's Security Service (MI5) as an intelligence analyst.

From 2000 to 2003, Wainwright was the UK Management Board member at Europol and a UK Liaison Officer. At the same time, he was Head of the British Europol National Unit in London. In 2003 he was appointed Director of International Affairs of the UK's National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), where he was responsible for international operations and for the development and implementation of a British strategy against illegal immigration. From 2006 Wainwright held the post of head of the international department of the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).[3]

In April 2009, Wainwright was appointed Director of Europol, the European Police Office, being the first Director without a police background or belonging to a national police force.[4]

He leads a staff of over 800 personnel who support law enforcement authorities in the 27 EU Member States to tackle international organised crime. The agency handles over 18 000 cross–border cases per year in areas such as drugs, human trafficking, cybercrime, intellectual property crime, cigarette smuggling, Euro counterfeiting, money laundering and asset tracing, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and terrorism.

Wainwright and other EU citizens witnessed the reform of Europol's legal framework as it became a formal EU agency on 1 January 2010. Through this process Europol claimed to have acquired a stronger mandate and new capabilities.

On 1 July 2011, Wainwright hosted HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands as she officially opened Europol's new headquarters in The Hague. In March 2012, the Council of Justice and Home Affairs extended Wainwright's term of office as Director of Europol until 2017. It was subsequently extended until 1 May 2018, after which he was succeeded by Catherine De Bolle.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Wainwright is married and has three children. His interests include literature and history.

He has said society accepts that intercepting private phone calls is "a reasonable way to run a democracy".[6]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  2. ^ ‘WAINWRIGHT, Robert Mark’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016
  3. ^ "Rob Wainwright" (PDF). Europol. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Rob Wainwright" (PDF). Europol. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  5. ^ Council Decision 2018/C 122/01 of 8 March 2018 on the appointment of the Executive Director of Europol, OJ 2018, C 122/1.
  6. ^ Baker, Jennifer (10 June 2015). "Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls". The Register. Retrieved 2 January 2016.

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