The Board of Trustees was formally constituted in 2016 as part of the HLF-funded project ‘Policing Past, Community Present’ with the supprt of the Friends of the Devon and Cornwall PoliceHeritage Collection, Devon and Cornwall Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The purpose of the Board is to establish the mission, vision and values of the organisation. Together with the Curator they set the policies and long-term strategy for what the Trust will achieve.

Current Trustees

John Casson MBE (Chairman)

With a career centred on policing, law enforcement and international security, John is a businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, fundraiser and author who has many varied interests.

After eight happy and memorable years as a Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Police Officer he fulfilled his ultimate career ambition by forming his own global security company, Securewest International, of which he is Chairman.

Securewest International specialises in maritime security, travel risk management and operating in difficult and high-risk areas around the world.

John is the Chairman of the John Casson Foundation which supports children’s charities and worthwhile causes, Co-Chairman of the Russian Arctic Convoy Project and Museum at Loch Ewe in Scotland and board member of Terrorism Information New York Group.

In Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2019 John was awarded an MBE for services to charity, worthwhile causes and the community.

Geoffrey Mackrell MVO (Treasurer)

Geoff worked for almost 40 years in the Halifax Group.  In 2001 he became Chief Operating Officer for Intelligent Finance where he helped establish that internet banking subsidiary for the Halifax. Following retirement from the Halifax in 2003 Geoff was appointed to the Royal Household as Her Majesty’s Superintendent at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s Official Residence in Scotland. Until his retirement in 2013 he was responsible for managing Holyroodhouse together with official engagements undertaken by The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family in Scotland.

In the 2012 New Year’s Honours List he was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order for services to The Queen. Later in the same year, he was awarded The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

William Tupman (Secretary)

Bill Tupman is Visiting Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at BPP University, Holborn, London, running a module in Investigation Law and Practice in the LLM programme. He was Director of the Centre for Police and Criminal Justice, at Exeter, running an MA in Police Studies, retaining an Honorary Fellowship in the Department of Politics since his retirement.

He is also an associate Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University. He is social media officer and a member of the executive of the Standing Group on Organised Crime of the European Consortium for Political Research. Author of Policing Western Europe; Uniform in Diversity, he has published widely on terrorism, organised crime and international police responses.

He has a long-standing connection with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, teaching on courses for Sergeants and Inspectors during the 1970s and 80s and cooperating in research projects.

David J. Rees

David trained as a mechanical engineer working for the Ministry of Defence and Rolls Royce. On a change of career his work has focused on the economic and social issues in rural areas working for the former Rural Development Commission in Dorset, Worcestershire and Devon.

In the South West of England Regional Development Agency he played a leading role on the economic recovery of Somerset and Gloucestershire following the 2001 Foot and Mouth Crises. Managing private and public sector partnerships he delivered major regeneration including the electrification of farms on the higher moorland of Exmoor,a new cattle market and affordable housing at Wheddon Cross, Somerset, the regeneration of Watchet Harbour into a marina and new jetty access to Lundy Island.

He is a former chair of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, adviser to a major UK charity and lives in Mid-Devon.

 

Bill Skelly

Bill joined Devon and Cornwall Police from Police Scotland in 2013 as Deputy Chief Constable. He has been a serving police officer since 1990, starting his career with Lothian and Borders Police and completing the command course at Bramshill in 2004. In 2014 he worked on the safety and security of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Bill was appointed Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police in November 2016, commencing his role in February 2017.

Jim Gale

Jim Gale is a serving Police Superintendent with Devon and Cornwall Police, having joined the Special Constabulary in 1994 and the regular force in 1995. He holds MA and PhD degrees in policing-related subjects from Exeter University, and has a powerful sense of identity with both the Constabulary and Communities in the South West. Moreover, Jim has a deep seated conviction that he is standing on the shoulders of giants from the policing-past, and that the unique nature of the collection holds valuable insights for tackling today’s policing challenges.

Chris Wilkes

 

Ulrike Richards

Ulrike Sabrina Richards started out as a political economist with a research interest in financial crime and European direct taxation.

She is currently the Development and Partnership Manager for Health & Society at the University of Plymouth. Her remit includes project development and management in the areas of Public and Mental Health, Health Professions, Social Sciences and Psychology as well as liaising with third sector and industry, and key partners in the city and the region.

Ulrike has an extensive background in partnership building, national and international funding, research strategy and economic development.

Steve Pearce

After a career in the police spanning 37 years, Steve retired as an Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police at the end of 2003. He had served in a number of roles throughout both Counties including as-the divisional commander for Plymouth.

He was awarded the Queens Police Medal for his work in supporting the communities of Devon and Cornwall and shortly after retirement he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon.

Since retiring from the Police, he has been involved with a number of local voluntary and charitable organisations including Victim Support, Plymouth Race Equality Council and as a Governor at the University of Plymouth. He is currently a Trustee of Hamoaze, a drugs and alcohol rehabilitation charity in Devonport; a member of the National Advisory Board of Crimestoppers and a Trustee of Plymouth Drake Foundation.


Ex-officio Board Members

Andrew Bickley (Chairman of the Friends of the Devon and Cornwall Police Heritage Collection)

Hilary Bracegirdle (Curator, Devon and Cornwall Police Heritage Collection)

Sandy Goscomb (Chief Constable’s nominee to the Board)