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Adam Thomson

Adam Thomson

Head of National Counter Terror Security Office, National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters

Adam spent 20 years as an officer in the Royal Air Force Regiment.  He was deployed on operations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southwest Asia and the Caribbean.  On the majority of these deployments he was responsible for Protective Security and Preparedness for the coalition forces operating in that area.  This culminated in a role as the Chief of Staff (Force Protection) at Kandahar Airfield – not only the busiest single runway airport in the world, but also a hub for 35,000 soldiers and contractors. 

On retiring from the military, Adam joined North Yorkshire Police on the Direct Entrant (Superintendent) scheme.  On completing his probation he commanded York and Selby, the Force’s largest district.  In 2017 he joined Counter Terrorism Policing as the Deputy National Coordinator Protect and Prepare, where he has seen the expansion of the role of NaCTSO to cover Hostile State Actors and formally incorporate Prepare.  This growth in the role has seen an elevation in the rank of Head of NACTSO and in 2019 he was appointed as the first Superintendent Head of NaCTSO. 

In amongst his varied career, he relaxes by cooking curries and before the pandemic he enjoyed playing a variety of sport – still playing rugby, but sadly retired from bobsleigh.