Tricia Hayes was appointed Director General for Crime, Policing and Fire on 24 February 2020. The Crime, Policing and Fire Group (CPFG) is responsible for a wide of range of policies to keep our citizens safe, cut crime, protect the vulnerable, and to reform both the police and fire and rescue services to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
Tricia has spent most of her career in the Department for Transport (DfT) which she first joined in 1987. From 2016 to 2020 Tricia was Director General for Roads, Places and Environment leading work on transport’s contribution to climate change, roads, traffic, road safety, sustainable travel, bus travel and the freight sector. She also led the department’s work on road transport aspects of EU Exit.
From 2013 to 2016 Tricia was the UK’s Director of Aviation, responsible for all aspects of domestic and international aviation policy, including aviation security.
Tricia’s earlier roles included a 3 year loan to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to run the transport desk at the British Embassy in Washington DC. She has also held posts in ministerial private offices and spent 2 years at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) working with Jonathon Porritt setting up the multi-sectoral Sustainable Development Commission.
Tricia is originally from Northern Ireland and is married with 3 children. She was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the New Year Honours 2019.