Rob Wainwright (civil servant)

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Rob Wainwright
Director of Europol
Assumed office
April 2009
Preceded by Max-Peter Ratzel
Personal details
Born 17 September 1967
Carmarthen, Wales[1]
Nationality British
Alma mater London School of Economics
Profession Law Enforcement
Wainwright at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2012

Robert Mark Wainwright (born 17 September 1967) is a British civil servant and the current director of Europol.


He was brought up in Pontyberem and attended Gwendraeth Grammar School.

Wainwright was educated at the London School of Economics graduating with a BSc in 1989.[2]


He then worked for the United Kingdom's Security Service (MI5) as an intelligence analyst.

From 2000 to 2003, Wainwright was the UK Management Board member at Europol and a UK Liaison Officer. At the same time, he was Head of the British Europol National Unit in London. In 2003 he was appointed Director of International Affairs of the UK’s National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), where he was responsible for international operations and for the development and implementation of a British strategy against illegal immigration. From 2006 Wainwright held the post of head of the international department of the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).[3]

In April 2009, Wainwright was appointed Director of Europol, the European Police Office, being the first Director without a police background or belonging to a national police force.[4]

He leads a staff of over 800 personnel who support law enforcement authorities in the 28 EU Member States to tackle international organised crime. The agency handles over 18 000 cross–border cases per year in areas such as drugs, human trafficking, cybercrime, intellectual property crime, cigarette smuggling, Euro counterfeiting, money laundering and asset tracing, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and terrorism.

Wainwright and other EU citizens witnessed the reform of Europol’s legal framework as it became a formal EU agency on 1 January 2010. Through this process Europol claimed to have acquired a stronger mandate and new capabilities.

On 1 July 2011, Wainwright hosted HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands as she officially opened Europol’s new headquarters in The Hague. In March 2012, the Council of Justice and Home Affairs extended Wainwright’s term of office as Director of Europol until 2017.

Personal life

Wainwright is married with three children and his interests include literature and history.

He has said society accepts that intercepting private phone calls is "a reasonable way to run a democracy".[5]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  2. ^ ‘WAINWRIGHT, Robert Mark’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016
  3. ^ "Rob Wainwright" (PDF). Europol. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Rob Wainwright" (PDF). Europol. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Baker, Jennifer (2015-06-10). "Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls". The Register. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 

External links

  • Profile of Rob Wainwright from Europol
  • Wainwright in The Newspaper "The Hague"
  • Wainwright in the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking
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