Alston was born into an Essex police family – his father retired as Deputy Chief Constable of the Essex
and Southend-on-Sea Joint Constabulary in 1971.
Nicholas Alston went to King Edward VI Grammar School and Cambridge University. His career was as an officer in the Royal Navy, then a civil servant and then a director of an investment bank. He has also served as a school governor, a churchwarden at Chelmsford Cathedral and a non-executive director of Broomfield Hospital. So his local credentials are well enough established. He is Essex Man.
But he also wants "to bring new ideas to policing and crime reduction in Essex…so that we lead the way in the UK in innovation in this crucial work." His membership of the advisory board of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science will doubtless have helped him come up with some of the ideas he will need.