Mr Winsor was appointed following a rigorous recruitment process which included approval by the Prime Minister and The Queen.
Home Secretary Theresa May said: ‘I am delighted to confirm Tom Winsor as the new Chief Inspector of Constabulary.
‘He has demonstrated a very clear understanding of the complex challenges facing policing and brings with him a wealth of experience from his role as rail regulator and from his review of police pay and conditions.
‘I very much look forward to working with him when he takes up the appointment in October.’
HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary
Tom Winsor said: ‘Appointment as HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary carries a great responsibility which I shall discharge with the support and assistance of the Inspectors of Constabulary and the excellent staff of HMIC, and the co-operation of the police service.
‘The public interest will be my primary focus. The greater the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces, the higher will be the protection of the public and their safety.’
The recruitment process followed normal arrangements for senior civil service posts, with an interview panel comprising senior civil servants and senior figures from the law enforcement community.
Mr Winsor was named as a preferred candidate for the post by the Home Secretary on 7 June. The appointment was subsequently supported by the Home Affairs Select Committee and has been approved by the Prime Minister and The Queen.