Denis became involved with COPS in 2004 following the death on duty of his son PC Richard Gunn, Surrey Police. He has been a trustee since 2010 and is also a trustee of the Police Roll of Honour Trust. Denis took on the role of President in 2014.
Jan is the former Chair of the Police Federation of England & Wales and has been a strong supporter of COPS since it was founded in 2003. She became a trustee in 2011 and Chairman in 2014.
Rob is a Chief Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police Service. He has supported the charity from its formation and is one of the main organisers of the annual Police Unity Tour UK. He became a trustee in 2014.
Simon is Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police. He has been a keen supporter of COPS for many years after seeing first-hand the charity’s support for families. Simon has taken part in the Police Unity Tour twice, which raises substantial funds for COPS, and participated in Light the Lakes in 2018. He became a Trustee in 2017, and is committed to raising the profile of the charity amongst colleagues.
Sir Peter was formerly Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. He had long been a supporter of the charity but following the murders of two of his officers in 2012 he expressed a desire to become more involved and became a trustee in 2014.
Gary served as a police officer for 30 years, retiring in 2016 as a Superintendent for Police Scotland. His father, Sergeant Harry Lawrie BEM, was killed in a helicopter crash when Gary was just one year into his police service. Gary’s experience as both a survivor and police officer enables him to provide the charity with an insight into both worlds and offer valuable input into strategy-based discussions. Gary joined as a Trustee in 2018.
Annabel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years of professional experience. She is Director and Lead Consultant of APJ Psychological Consulting, providing independent clinical, medico-legal and expert witness services in the UK and abroad, including the Specialist Psychological Occupational Health & Therapy Service (SPOTS) for Police Officers and Military Personnel. Annabel became a Trustee in July 2016.
Stuart is a seasoned executive in professional and voluntary roles in the education and training arena. He has worked at the very highest levels with government departments and other organisations, has contributed to several strategic reviews as both the expert advisor and the lead on establishing skills frameworks and national occupational standards. Stuart has also had experience as a bereavement counsellor for the RAF and the military firefighters’ service. He became a Trustee in July 2016.
Don has been involved with COPS for more than 9 years. A former Police Officer of 35 years’ service, Don attended his first COPS weekend following the death of his son Jonathan in 2005. Don has given his time to COPS on several committees so instinctively understands the role of Survivor Trustee. He brings significant experience of managing voluntary organisations through his senior roles at county sports associations and at Chester Boughton Hall CC. Don became a Trustee in July 2016.
Gill has been involved with COPS since her husband died on duty in 2006. She credits the charity with being a springboard which she used to help her rebuild her life. Gill is a serving Chief Inspector with Police Scotland currently working within the equality and inclusion arena, assessing the impact of change and setting policy for colleagues and service users. She also has extensive experience of corporate communications, media management, and Critical Incident Management at a national level.
Trevor is Business Development Director at KAEFER Ltd, a c.£100m turnover industrial services supplier to the energy market. MBA qualified and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, he is responsible for the company’s UK business development strategy, delivery and leadership. His police officer father died on duty 30 years ago. Trevor attended COPS events in the past, and speaks of the benefit his family has derived from the charity’s work.