Paul Kernaghan CBE, QPM


Paul Kernaghan joined the CNPA Board in February 2013. He served in the Ulster Defence Regiment from 1974 to 1977, being commissioned in 1976. On graduating from Queen’s University Belfast in 1978, he joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary. 

His police career culminated in a nine year tenure as Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary. He was the ACPO lead for international affairs for eight years.

Following his retirement in 2008, he served throughout 2009 as the Head of Mission for the European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) providing support to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. He was appointed as the first ever House of Lords’ Commissioner for Standards in June 2010.

Appointed: 5 February 2013 (reappointed 5 February 2016 and from 4 February 2019)
Term ends: 3 February 2020

Previous roles in government

  • Independent Member, CNPA Board