Deputy Chair, SIA

Alec Wood


Alec was appointed as a non-executive director of the SIA in February 2020. He was appointed as Deputy Chair in November 2021.


Alec was previously the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, retiring in 2018 after 32 years in policing.

Alec was the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for Operations between 2015 and 2018, a role in which he oversaw and set policy and standards for national specialist policing functions. This included: Police use of Firearms, Public Order Policing, Stop and Search, Roads Policing, Aviation and Civil Contingencies.

Alec was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished services to policing in 2019.


Alec was awarded an MA with merit in Criminology by the University of Keele in 2012 and a Certificate in Education by Canterbury Christ Church College in 1996.

Alec completed the Windsor Leadership Trust Executive Leaders Programme in 2016-17.

Deputy Chair, SIA

The Deputy Chair, SIA is responsible for:

  • supporting the Chair in leading the Board and acting as a sounding-board and source of advice to the Chair
  • deputising for the Chair when required at Board meetings
  • where requested by the Chair, acting as a senior representative of the SIA and/or deputy, internally and/or externally

Security Industry Authority

Previous roles in government

  • Non-executive director