Crimestoppers have announced that Mark Hallas OBE is taking over as chief executive with immediate effect following the retirement of current CEO Michael Laurie.
Laurie has stepped down after 10 years in charge of the crime-fighting charity. He also previously held the role of Major General at the Ministry of Defence.
His replacement, Hallas, was previously chief of staff to the Chief of Defence Intelligence and held the role of the International Coalition’s military head of Intelligence and Security in Afghanistan.
Hallas was later Director Intelligence Corps, the Army’s professional intelligence head, and took control of the UK’s Defence Intelligence training schools.
On his new role, he said: “I am delighted to be arriving at Crimestoppers at such an exciting time in its development – 25 years of continued success is a testament to the value of the charity and the high quality of permanent staff and volunteers.
Lord Ashcroft, founder and chair of Crimestoppers, hailed the outgoing CEO for bringing the charity into the 21st century. Under his lead, actionable information has gone up 33 per cent in the last 10 years, with 20 people arrested per day as a result of Crimestoppers information.
Ashcroft said: “He [Laurie] has professionalised the way the charity is run ensuring the highest standards in finance, human resources, volunteering and security are met, as well as an efficient and responsive contact centre open 24/7.
“The Trustees and I wish to thank Mick for his tireless work and enthusiasm. We welcome Mark and look forward to a new chapter of Crimestoppers with him.”