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January 20, 2016

The former head of the elite law enforcement agency and recipient of the Queen’s Police Medal to serve as Senior Advisor

London/Washington, DC, January 20, 2016 – Arcanum, a strategic global intelligence firm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Magellan Investment Holdings Limited, announced today that Keith Bristow, who became the first Director General of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) in 2011, will be joining Arcanum as Senior Advisor to the Chairman.

Mr. Bristow, a former UK chief constable and director of the UK National Criminal Intelligence Service (a forerunner of the NCA) was appointed by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to design, build and lead the NCA.

“Mr. Bristow has led an exceptional law enforcement career, and his many recent accomplishments whilst head of the UK’s elite law enforcement agency are extremely impressive,” says Ron Wahid. “We are delighted that he has decided to join us at Arcanum.  Keith’s leadership will be very important to our operations, especially in the areas of intelligence, law enforcement and security, particularly in our dealings with international agencies.”

Mr. Bristow said, “I am delighted to be joining Arcanum as Senior Advisor to Mr. Wahid. I look forward to joining Arcanum’s hugely impressive team of experienced and talented professionals who provide the expertise required to inform high stakes decision-making.”

In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Bristow chaired the Strategic Alliance Group Principals (now renamed the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group), which seeks to reduce the international threat and impact of organized crime. The membership comprises the heads of the Australian Federal Police, Australian Crime Commission, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, New Zealand Police, US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the UK National Crime Agency.

Mr. Bristow chaired the G8 Law Enforcement Group (now G7 Law Enforcement Group) from 2006 to March 2015 – a group committed to improving co-ordination and co-operation between the law enforcement agencies of the G7 countries.

Mr. Bristow began his law enforcement career as a police cadet with West Mercia Constabulary and progressed to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector, before being appointed as Staff Officer to the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in 1997.

In 1998, he was promoted to Detective Superintendent and transferred to the Major Investigation Team at West Midlands Police. He went on to lead the Force’s Intelligence Bureau before later commanding a local policing area in Birmingham as a Chief Superintendent.

In 2002, Mr. Bristow was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable and was appointed as the UK Director of the National Criminal Intelligence Service, which was then responsible for combatting serious organized crime with an impact on the UK by providing intelligence to national and international law enforcement partners.

He was appointed Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police in 2006, having been made Deputy Chief Constable the previous year.

He is a graduate of the European Top Senior Police Officer Programme and has a Master’s Degree in Organisational Development. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and a Diploma in Applied Criminology from the University of Cambridge.

Mr. Bristow was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Police Service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June, 2008.


About Magellan Investment Holdings Limited

Magellan Investment Holdings Limited is an investment holding company with investments in energy & natural resources, aerospace & defense, real estate and technology. Magellan is the parent company of its operating subsidiaries RJI Capital, a merchant banking firm, and Arcanum, an intelligence company.

About Arcanum

Arcanum, a subsidiary of Magellan Investment Holdings Limited is a global intelligence company that provides a host of bespoke and tailored strategic intelligence products to government entities and the private sector across a range of industries. By maintaining a highly diversified intelligence and business network around the globe, Arcanum’s industry-leading global resources and technical expertise are delivered from its offices in Washington, DC, London, Paris, Zurich, and Hong Kong. For further information, go to or contact Yael Hartmann, Vice President of the Strategic Communications Group, at 

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