Alan McQuillan was appointed as boss of the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) today in succession to current director Jane Earl.
Mr McQuillan, a former assistant chief constable in the PSNI, is currently deputy director and was appointed following a competitive recruitment process.
He has been with the agency since it was set up in 2003 and takes up his new post on April 30.
The government has announced plans to merge the ARA with the Serious Organised Crime
Agency and Mr McQuillan’s appointment will be for the interim period. The merger is expected to be completed next year.
Home Office minister Vernon Coaker said: “I am delighted that Alan has been appointed as interim director of the Assets Recovery Agency.
“With his wealth of knowledge and proven experience in this field I know that the Assets Recovery Agency will continue its excellent work to recover proceeds of crime as it prepares itself for a smooth and successful transition to form part of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).”
The minister expressed his thanks to Jane Earl – who announced last November she would be leaving in the spring – for the dedication and hard work she had given the agency.
Northern Ireland Security Minister and chairman of the Organised Crime Task Force, Paul Goggins, congratulated Mr McQuillan on his appointment.
“The appointment is not only good news for the agency as a whole but will also increase confidence in assets recovery in Northern Ireland.
“It will ensure the good work and expertise that has been built up in the organisation over the past four years will remain unabated,” he said.
He said he was confident under Mr McQuillan’s leadership the proposed merger with the SOCA would be seamless.
He added: “ARA is making a significant and real impact in tackling organised crime in Northern Ireland and there will be no diminution in this type of work, that has restricted so many criminals to date in pursuing their criminal activities.”