Mark Lewis – Vice chair


Mark Lewis was born in Cambridge in 1961, he joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1980 and served across North and East London as a PC, acquiring firearms and advanced driving skills. Promoted to Sergeant in 1992, he then served at Leyton and Ilford before transfering to Traffic Patrol duties.
Promoted to Inspector in 2001, he served at Romford during which time he undertook level transfer to Detective duties.

He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July 2002 during a routine appointment with his new GP having moved house.

Promoted again in 2003 to Detective Chief Inspector, he headed the Strategic Analysis Unit in central London, before being selected in 2004 to head the MPS Driving School at Hendon (the first detective to hold the post of Commandant of the driving school in its 70 year history). Mark’s love for cars, trucks and motorcycles made this his dream posting and he enjoyed two happy (but busy) years redeveloping and modernising the content of driving courses to improve delivery to the MPS of the much needed courses. During this time, Mark worked with the Chief Medical Officer for the MPS to develop a policy that allowed type 1 diabetic officers to drive police vehicles in response mode providing their blood – glucose levels were demonstrated to be under strict control. Mark also continues to advise diabetic officers from around the country on driving matters.

In 2007 Mark was successful in the Superintendents Assessment Process and is currently a Detective Superintendent in the Protective Security branch of Specialist Operations at Scotland Yard. He heads the Specialist Protection and Counter Terrorist Bureau as well as the Special Taskings Team.

He has been a Hostage Negotiator since 2004 and in 2007 was fortunate to be invited to attend the FBI Academy in Quantico Virginia to take part in the FBI Hostage Negotiators Course.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Portsmouth University in Policing and Police Studies, an MBA from East London University and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is married to a serving Detective Constable and they have one young son.

Mark was voted Vice Chair of the NPDA in 2005. He has shown that type 2 diabetes is no bar to enjoying life. He is an advanced driver, police motorcyclist, holds licenses for articulated lorries, coaches & buses and until recently, a pilots license to fly Cessna’s. He gave up for financial not medical reasons, but was fortunate in 2006 to get the opportunity to fly an RAF Hawk and (according to him) land it three times after traversing the Welsh mountain valleys at 500 feet and 450 knots as well as learning to perform a few aerobatic maneuvers. He still attends call outs as a negotiator (usually in the early hours of the morning) and his diabetes has never prevented him from doing his job in any way.

He completed the London to Brighton Bike Ride in 2005 & 2006, but says he has no wish to subject his bottom to the experience again for some time!