Our Patrons

Cressida Dick CBE QPM

Cressida joined the Metropolitan Police in 1983 as a Constable. In 1993, she joined the accelerated promotion course at Bramshill Police College, and in 1995, transferred to Thames Valley Police as a Superintendent. She was operations superintendent at Oxford, and later, area commander in Oxford for three years. In 2000, she completed the strategic command course and, in 2001.

In September 2006 she was appointed as Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations and then in June 2009 she was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, in charge of the Specialist Crime Directorate.

In February 2017 it was announced Cressida would be appointed as the Commissioner of the Metropolis, the first female to ever hold the post.

She was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2015.

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 Sara 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 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.

Matt Jukes QPM

Matt Jukes was appointed Chief Constable of South Wales Police in January 2018. Matt joined South Yorkshire Police in 1995 as a Police Constable on the streets of Sheffield, soon after being commended for his tenacity and courage in the arrest of a suspect following a post office robbery. Between 1997 and 2006, Matt went on to work in a number of roles, principally as a detective. In his early CID career he was involved in operations to tackle violent drugs gangs and later specialised in counter terrorism. He joined South Wales Police as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2010. He led the latest phase of the force’s response to several miscarriage of justice cases from the 1980s and 90s, including the infamous ‘Cardiff 3’ case. Matt was appointed Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) in August 2013.

He retains a strong interest in wider issues of health and wellbeing in the service and is the chair of Police Sport UK. As a keen sportsman himself, he has competed in running, triathlon and swimming events.

Matt was awarded a Queens Police Medal in the New Year Honours List 2018

Our Trustees

Chair 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.

Deputy Chair 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 Secretary David Acheson MBE

David is a serving Sergeant with Police Scotland. His uncle, Kenneth 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.

Trustee Cait McLaughlin

Cait is a freelance Communications Executive from Glasgow, but currently based in Dublin, and joined the Board of Trustees in March of 2018. Previously Communications Officer with St John Scotland, Cait provides communications and marketing support in order to promote the charity and its work across the UK. Cait’s father is also a serving Detective Superintendent with Police Scotland.

Trustee Kirsty Redgate


Trustee David Wilbraham

David, a former Police motorcyclist with Merseyside Police, was ordained in 1988 and held parish ministries in the North West of England. In 1994 he moved to Surrey Police as part of their Welfare team. In 2007 he was appointed as full time Force Chaplain with Thames Valley Police. From 2009 he led the 650 strong National Association of Chaplains to the Police (NACP), now Police Chaplaincy UK, of which David is CEO and National Police Chaplain.

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.