Senior Officers

Chief Superintendent Marc Budden

Head of Neighbourhood Policing, Partnerships and Uniform Operations

Marc joined Gwent Police in 1993. He has worked in each of the five Local Authority areas, which has enabled him to build good relationships with local communities and partners. He is a Gold Public Order, CBRN  and Specialist Strategic Firearms Commander and also a Force Hostage Negotiator. He has commanded a number of large incidents both locally and nationally, including the Ryder Cup, NATO Presidential Visit and G8 Summit.

Marc has also obtained a Master’s Degree in Critical and Major Incident Psychology from Liverpool University.

Marc has always lived and worked in Gwent which makes him passionate about improving the way we deliver our Policing services to the public. He is proud of the Officers we lead in Gwent, who put themselves at risk every day to keep our communities safe. Marc is married with three children and enjoys spending his time with family, travelling and cycling.

Contact email: [email protected]

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Warrender

Head of Protective Services

Mark joined Gwent Police in 1996 and has worked in a variety of uniform and CID roles throughout his career. He has held a number of key posts within Gwent Police, including Head of Operational Support; Local Policing Unit Commander in both Newport and Blaenau Gwent and Head of Professional Standards.

Mark is Chair of the Gwent Branch of the Superintendents' Association and has regional responsibility for Equality, Hate Crime and Cohesion. Mark is a Strategic Firearms Commander; Force lead for Hostage Negotiators and one of the Force mentors.

Contact email: [email protected]

Chief Superintendent Rhiannon Kirk

Head of Service Development

Rhiannon has served in Gwent Police since 1992, performing a variety of uniform and CID roles at all ranks. Rhiannon was Head of Tarian (Welsh Regional Organised Crime Unit) between 2011 and 2014. 

For the last three years, Rhiannon has led the Staying Ahead Change Programme, reviewing every aspect of the Force and responding to enormous change, whilst achieving significant efficiencies. Rhiannon has led the Staying Ahead team, shaping Gwent Police's response to HMIC inspections. Our inspection results have progressed from 'requires improvement' to 'good' in the areas of legitimacy, efficiency and effectiveness.

Rhiannon is, and always has been passionate about helping people, which is at the heart of policing, and values fairness and professionalism. A keen musician, she is a member of a choir, and can often be seen out running, although at a slower pace these days.

Contact email: [email protected]

Chief Superintendent Alun Thomas

Police Welsh Government Liaison Team 

Alun joined Gwent Police in 1987, working in various ranks across all areas of the Force. Alun progressed to Divisional Commander for Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent between 2005 and 2009.

In 2009, Alun took the lead for Response Policing and Uniform Specialist Operations, before co-ordinating the planning for the policing of the NATO Summit in 2014. Alun moved to his current post in 2014, representing all four Welsh Police Forces as part of a post NATO review. 

Alun’s current responsibilities include liaising between Welsh Government, the four Police Forces in Wales and various UK Government departments. Outside of work he enjoys cycling and is very tentatively exploring mountaineering.

He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2016.  

Contact email: [email protected]