Our Patrons

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe joined South Yorkshire Police aged 22, he worked across the South Yorkshire area in uniform, CID, traffic and personnel. In 1997, he joined Merseyside Police as Assistant Chief Constable.

Sir Bernard joined the Metropolitan Police Service as Assistant Commissioner in July 2001 with responsibility for Human Resources. During this time he helped the MPS attain 20% growth, reaching 30,000 officers. He re-joined Merseyside Police in 2004 on appointment to Chief Constable.

He was appointed to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in October 2009 before returning to the MPS in July 2011, becoming Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in September 2011.

He was knighted in 2013 for services to policing.


Sara Thornton CBE QPM

Sara Thornton served with the Metropolitan Police from 1986 and over the next fifteen years her career alternated between operational postings in West London and strategic roles within New Scotland Yard. She joined Thames Valley Police as ACC Specialist Operations in November 2000 and in August 2003 was appointed Deputy Chief Constable. In January 2006 she was appointed Acting Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.

In 2006 she was awarded the Queens Police Medal and in the 2011 New Years Honours she was awarded a CBE.

Between April 2007 and March 2015 Sara Thornton served as Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, the largest non-Metropolitan force in England and Wales. She became the first Chair of the National Police Chiefs Council in April 2015.


Phillip Gormley QPM

Mr Gormley took up the role of Chief Constable of Police Scotland in January 2016. His career began with Thames Valley Police in 1985, rising to the rank of Commander for the Metropolitan Police Service from 2003 - 2007.

From 2010 - 2013 he served as Chief Constable for the Norfolk Constabulary and was Deputy Director General, National Crime Agency from 2013 - 2015.

He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2012.



Our Trustees

Chairman Sidney MacKay

Sid is a retired Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent and has been a Trust member since 2005. Sid's daughter, Nina Alexandra MacKay, aged 25, was murdered on duty in 1997 when as a Constable with the Metropolitan Police Territorial Support Group she forced entry to a flat to arrest a violent and deranged wanted man. Sid's son is also a serving Metropolitan Police Officer.


Vice-Chairman Thom McLoughlin MSc CMgr FCMI


Treasurer Joanne Matulevicze MA

Joanne is a serving Sergeant with Police Scotland. Having joined in 2007, Joanne was posted to work in Glasgow’s East End and has served as both a response and community police officer. She now works in Force Executive where she provides administrative support to the senior management within Police Scotland. She joined the Trust in 2012 and aims to raise awareness of the charity across Scotland and to represent female officers on the board. Joanne’s husband is also a serving police officer in Police Scotland, based at Maryhill police office.


Trust Manager Steve Lloyd

Steve retired as a Detective Constable from Greater Manchester Police in 2008 after 30 years service, during which time he received four Chief Constable's Commendations and a Royal Humane Society award; he was an experienced GMP 'murder squad' detective and a committee member on several sports and social clubs. He was the inaugural UK Standard Bearer for the National Police Memorial Day Service and the GMP Force Standard Bearer. He has been a member of the Trust since 2003 and is experienced in working with the Trust in a volunteer capacity.


Trust Secretary David Acheson MBE FSA Scot

David is a serving Sergeant with Police Scotland. His uncle, Kenneth John Acheson, was an officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC until he was murdered by terrorists. He designed the PC Bill Barker memorial pin badge which raised thousands for Bill's favourite charity the Great North Air Ambulance. He authored the Scottish Police Roll of Honour book on behalf of the Trust. David was appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Years Honours, later in the same year he was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland for his work on Police history in Scotland.


Trustee Denis Gunn

Denis is the father of Surrey Police Constable Richard Gunn who was killed on duty in 2004 in a road accident whilst responding to an emergency call. He currently the President of Care of Police Survivors (COPS), and became a Trustee of the Trust in November 2011 to both enhance co-operation between the two charities and to advise and assist the Trust with matters concerning bereaved police families.


Trustee John Giblin MA BScEcon(Hons) CMgr FCMI FRSA

John retired from Heddlu Gwent Police in 2014 after 32 years police service, including 5 with Greater Manchester Police. He is in receipt of 6 commendations. The last 12 years of his service was as a Welsh regional representative on the Joint Central Committee of the Police Federation of England and Wales where he was the national lead in several business areas, for 6 years he was also Chairman of the Sergeants Central Committee.



Our Advisors

Technology Advisor Alan Spowart BSc (Hons)

Alan is a serving Detective in the Police Service of Scotland. He originally joined Central Scotland Police based in Stirling and is now serving in Forth Valley Division, Police Scotland.


Research Advisor Dr. Peter Kenninson

Peter retired from the Metropolitan Police as an Inspector. He studied and obtained a BA in Social Sciences with the Open University, an MA (Criminology) at Middlesex University in 1996 and a PhD in Philsophy in 2001. He has taught policing subjects and police history to both under and post graduate students. He has co-authored five books on policing subjects and is actively researching Police history.


Research Advisor Dr. Robin Fletcher

Associate Professor of Criminology, Head of Employment and Placement Coordinator Police Research Group at Middlesex University.