PatronsTrustees - Advisors




PATRON: Sir Stephen House QPM

Sir Stephen House joined Sussex Police in 1981. Between 1981 and 1988 he served in uniform operational posts in that force and also on transfer in Northamptonshire Police and West Yorkshire Police. In 1998, he joined Staffordshire Police as an Assistant Chief Constable. He led initially in Territorial Policing and latterly in Crime and Operations. In 2001, he joined the Metropolitan Police Service as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner.

In 2005, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal. He was also appointed to Assistant Commissioner, serving first in Central Operations and then in Specialist Crime. In 2007, he took up post as Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and in October 2012, he was appointed as the first Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

In June 2013, he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition for his services to law and order.

PATRON: 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.


President of the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The position of Honorary President of the Trust is traditonally offered to the ACPO President during their term of office and we are grateful to Sir Hugh for accepting this position on his appointment in 2009, in November 2013 Sir Hugh Joined our other Patron's as joint Patron of the Trust.

Sir Hugh began his career with the Metropolitan Police in 1977 rising to Deputy Assistant Commissioner in 1999. He was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to policing and was appointed Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2002. He is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and also holds a Degree in Public Administration and an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent. Sir Hugh received the Honour of a Knighthood in 2005, and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for services to policing in 2010.

Board of Trustees

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.

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Thom McLoughlin



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Trust Manager

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.

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David Acheson

Trust Secretary

Dave is a serving constable with Police Scotland, currently serving as a community officer in the city of Stirling. Having moved from Manchester to attend Stirling University he decided to remain in Scotland and joined the local constabulary. His uncle, Kenneth John Acheson, was an officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC until he was murdered by terrorists. A number of relatives are serving and retired police officers. Dave assists which raises money for many different police and military charities. He designed the PC Bill Barker memorial pin badge which raised thousands for Bill's favourite charity the Great North Air Ambulance. Dave is one of two organisers of an annual formal dinner in Scotland that raises funds for both a police and a military charity; He recently authored the Scottish Police Roll of Honour book on behalf of the Trust.

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Joanne Matulevicze


Joanne is a serving constable 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 London Road Police Office where she provides administrative support to the senior management within the division. 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.

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Peter Olphert


Peter is a serving PSNI/former RUC Constable and a Trust member since 2005. Peter's father, John Olphert, was murdered by terrorists in 1983, he was a Part Time Reserve Constable with the Royal Ulster Constabulary when he was shot and fatally wounded by terrorist gunmen while he was off duty working in his shop.  "Father's Footsteps" - an Article by Peter Olphert 23.01.2009

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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. Denis has been a member of the Trust since 2008 and a Trust Advisor on the Police Officers Memorial Project since 2010. He is a trustee and survivors representative with the charity 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.

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Fran Jones


Fran is a serving Detective Inspector with Cambs constabulary with 28 years service. In that time she has been responsible for setting up a Memorial Garden in the Force to commemorate Officers and staff who have died in service and a Force Memorial day to remember those people for families and colleagues who cannot attend the National Memorial day.

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IT ADVISOR: Alan Spowart

Constable, Police Service of Scotland

Alan is a serving police officer in Scotland. He originally joined Central Scotland Police based in Stirling and is now serving in the Police Service of Scotland.

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Inspector, Royal Ulster Constabulary GC (Retd) & Police Service of Northern Ireland

Researcher & Advisor on Irish Police Forces - RIC/USC/RUC

Richard retired as a police Inspector in 2008 after more than 30 years service during which he was awarded seven Chief Constable's commendations and was twice highly commended. He is a published author and his book Police Casualties in Ireland 1919-1922 received widespread acclaim for its meticulous research and even handed approach. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for services in 2002 and compiled the names for the RUC GC Memorial Garden.

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Police Inspector, Strathclyde Police (Retired).

Researcher and Advisor on Scottish Police Forces

Joe has had a keen interest in the history of the Police Service for many years and assists the Glasgow Police Heritage Society and Museum as a volunteer. He has a great deal of expertise in the history of Scottish Police Forces and deaths in police service and has assisted with research since the Roll of Honour Project began in 1995.

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