Led and served in Specialist Operations (Human Intelligence) within the national and international law enforcement environment, territorial policing and Serious and Organized Crime for more than 32 years. During this time Barbara was also involved as a national executive lead for woman in policing, developing national policy and developing the strategic equality plan for serious organized crime squad. With extensive senior leadership experience in national and international policing including covert operations, operational leadership, programme management, and capability building.
In 2014 her work was recognized, and she was invested as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her outstanding contribution to both leadership for women in law enforcement and services to covert intelligence operations. Barbara’s specialist operations work saw her delivering international projects, chairing a covert global task force of 22 countries for five years (including 5 eyes) and eventually commanding the National Crime Agency Communications Data Unit which included holding a leading role in the UK for implementation of new legislation.