Assistant Chief Constables
Rachel Bacon (7049)
Assistant Chief Constable
Rachel Bacon joined Northumbria Police in June 2017 and is responsible for the Citizens Focus portfolio which includes Custody, Criminal Justice, Communications and Force Improvement.
Previously working in Sussex and Hampshire in a variety of roles Rachel was most recently Head of Crime for Sussex together with leading a number of collaborated Specialist Crime units. This included intelligence; organised crime; cyber and economic crime.
Leading on the force’s crime change program and a digital forensics project to support improved criminal justice outcomes Rachel seeks to transform service delivery for victims of crime.
Rachel has undertaken detective roles at all ranks specialising in Public Protection. She has been head of safeguarding and is an experienced Senior Investigating Officer. She has also undertaken District Command and neighbourhood roles during her career.
She is an accredited Strategic Firearms Commander and is the national NPCC lead for the College of Policing licence to practice in Child Sexual Abuse investigations.
Helen McMillan (7062)
Assistant Chief Constable
Helen McMillan joined Northumbria Police in June 2017, having previously worked for Durham Police in a variety of roles, most recently as Assistant Chief Constable.
She has experience of working in many operational roles, in training and professional standards departments and is an experienced firearms and public order commander.
Ged Noble (7068)
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable
Ged Noble is Temporary Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for Local Policing, which includes 24/7 Response, and Neighbourhood Policing.
Ged was born and bred in Felling, Gateshead and therefore has a great understanding and affiliation with the Northumbria area. Prior to joining Northumbria Police Ged worked as a labourer for a small building company. Ged has been married for 26 years and has two young children. He began his policing career in 1991 with his first posting at Newcastle West End. His early career included numerous roles within CID and Major Crime before being promoted to Sergeant in 2002.
Over the next 15 years Ged enjoyed various roles throughout the force area at all ranks within CID Local Policing, Kidnap and Extortion, Hostage Negotiation and as a Senior Investigating Officer leading Homicide and other Major Enquiries as well as various roles within Neighbourhood Policing.
Prior to his current position Ged was the Commander for Southern Area Command with responsibility for policing within the Local Authority areas of Sunderland & South Tyneside.
Ged is a Gold Strategic Commander for Firearms and Public Order and is an accredited Multi Agency Gold Incident Commander for Major Incidents.
Ged is extremely proud and privileged to lead on Local Policing across the Northumbria force area.