|Born||Hugh Stephen Roden Orde|
27 August 1958
Hugh Orde joined London's Metropolitan Police Service in 1977. He rose quickly through the ranks, becoming Superintendent in the Territorial Support Group. Later, as Commander responsible for the service's Community Safety and Partnership section, Orde took part in the latter phase of the enquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and its subsequent handling by the police.
Later he (by then a Deputy Assistant Commissioner) was assigned to the senior staff of the Stevens Report which investigated government collusion in sectarian killings in Northern Ireland. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001 and was knighted for his services to policing in 2005. In 2010 he was awarded a Queen's Police Medal (QPM).
Orde was appointed Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) (which replaced the Royal Ulster Constabulary) on 29 May 2002, taking over from Acting Chief Constable Colin Cramphorn.
Sir Hugh is also the director of the Police National Assessment Centre.
He also holds a degree in Public Administration (BA) and an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law (DCL) from the University of Kent.
He is a member (known as a 'graduate') of Common Purpose UK. He attended the Matrix course in West London 1994/95.