David Wood


David became the Director General of Immigration Enforcement in April 2013. A new command created after the abolition of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), immigration enforcement focuses on those who break our immigration laws.

David joined UKBA in 2008 as the Director for Enforcement and Crime and a board member. Four years later, he became the Deputy Chief Executive of UKBA, responsible for the overall day-to-day delivery management, including contingency, tasking, operational performance and operational intelligence.

From 2006 to 2008, David was the Director of Policy for the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

Previously, he spent 31 years with the Metropolitan Police Service; when he left in 2005, he had reached the rank of deputy assistant commissioner.

David holds a MA in policing and criminal justice studies from Exeter University and a post-graduate diploma in applied criminology at Cambridge University.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General of Immigration Enforcement