Umar became Director of Finance for South Wales Police in August 2007.
He has financial experience in both the public and private sector. This includes 10 years’ experience with Gwent Police as Head of Finance, and three years with Lincolnshire Police as Director of Finance and Administration.
Umar has a BA Honours in Accounting and Finance and trained as an accountant in London. He is also a fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
He provides strategic direction, control and advice on all financial matters within the force, responsible for Corporate Finance, Estates, Facilities, Fleet and Procurement.
Umar chairs the Ystadau Cymru (Estates Wales) working group, is a member of the Home Office National Commercial Board and chair of the All-Wales Police Procurement Board. He is a governor of Cardiff Metropolitan University and chair of their Audit Committee.
Umar is heavily engaged in police collaboration and is the regional police lead for finance in Wales.
In 2003 Umar completed the Police Senior Command Course.
In 2015 Umar was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and awarded an MBE.
In 2017 Umar completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy.