Tony Lake joined the VSC as Vice-Chair in December 2009, having recently retired as Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police. He was appointed as Chair in July 2014. He served for 36 years in the Police Service and has worked in five forces. He spent the first 20 years of his career in the Metropolitan Police before transferring to the West Yorkshire Police in 1992, where he was one of the first people to introduce a new style of policing based on local communities.
He attended the Senior Command Course at Bramshill in 1994 and went onto become an Assistant Chief Constable in Sussex and Deputy Chief Constable of the British Transport Police in 2000.
He also contributed to developing major policy issues as a member of the Association of Senior Police Officers (ACPO) in areas such as the regulation of the private security industry and police finance As Chief Constable of Lincolnshire he headed up the ACPO Forensic Science portfolio and was spokesman for these issues for over 4 years. He was Chairman of the National DNA Database and regularly spoke on the use of forensic science. He worked closely with the FBI on developing DNA protocols and was guest speaker on several occasions at international conferences.
Having retired from the Police Service in 2008 he has been involved in consultancy work with a leading forensic science provider and continues to be involved in a variety of police related subjects.