The Foundation Trustees
The Foundation comprises a Chairman and a Board of five Trustees appointed by the Northern Ireland Minister of Justice. Two of the Trustees are nominated by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. The positions are unpaid.
Brian Rea has been a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board since 2006 having previously been chairman of his local Community and Police Liaison Committee.
Brian was elected vice chairman of the Policing Board in 2009 and served as acting chairman of the Board from 2010 until elected chairman in 2011. Brian is also a member of the Northern Ireland Police Advisory Board and the Northern Ireland Organised Crime Task Force Stakeholders Group and serves as the Policing Board representative on the Programme Board for the Northern Ireland Joint Community Training College at Desertcreat. Brian has been a member of the Association of Police Authorities (APA) Council and Board since 2010 and is a member of the APA Transition Board for Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales.
A graduate of the University of Ulster, Brian was employed for 35 years at Castlereagh College of Further and Higher Education, holding various posts including lecturer, senior lecturer, head of department and head of faculty and is a former chairman of the Northern Ireland region of the Association for College Management.
Brian was, for 12 years, a member of the board of visitors of HMP Maghaberry. He is a Justice of the Peace and served for 11 years as a Lay Magistrate and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2003 New Year Honours for services to the community in Northern Ireland, and a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Policing and the Community in NI.
He is involved in voluntary work with a number of community and welfare interest groups and is currently chairman of the board of the Hanwood Trust, a community development and regeneration project based in Tullycarnet, in outer East Belfast.
Peter Aiken is employed by the Northern Ireland Policing Board in the area of policing human resources and training.
Prior to his current employment he held various human resource positions in Northern Ireland and senior local government posts with responsibility for leisure, libraries, museums and tourism services in both England and Scotland.
Peter is currently chairman of the Board of Governors at Portadown College and is the immediate past chairman of the Northern Ireland branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is a former board member and chair of the Library and Youth Committees of the Southern Education and Library Board.
Murray Cameron is a former senior civil servant with over 40 years experience working across the public sector in Northern Ireland.
He has been working in a voluntary capacity with the RUC GC Foundation for the past six years. In 2007 he assumed responsibility for the Foundation’s Oral History Project, heading up a team of retired officers collecting the memories of members of the RUC GC and their families.
Roger McCallum served in both the RUC and the PSNI, retiring as a Superintendent in 2002. He worked operationally in every county in Northern Ireland as well as in a number of headquarters’ posts.
Building upon his primary law degree, Roger was awarded a Masters degree in Policy Analysis in 1988 and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Criminal Justice in 2012.
Since his retirement from the police service, Roger established a consultancy company and has worked in the wider criminal justice sector in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa, most recently in Nigeria.
Roger has a particular interest in community development and peace building. He is a Governor of Dominican College, Portstewart and a Board member of ‘The Junction’ in Derry/Londonderry. He is also a member of ‘Healing through Remembering’, a local co-ordinator of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and the Northern Publicity Officer for Irish Mensa.
Roger has two sons, one of whom is a serving officer in the PSNI. His grandfather served in both the Royal Irish Constabulary and the RUC.
Stephen White was a member of the RUC from 1978 until 2001 and served in the PSNI until he retired from policing in 2004. In Northern Ireland he held the rank of Assistant Chief Constable and also served in Iraq as an acting Deputy Chief Constable.
He is the son of a police officer and also the father of a police officer and held a number of interesting specialist posts during his career. These included commandant (Initial Training), Head of Community Affairs Branch, Programme Director of the Change Management Team and Head of National Senior Leadership Development at Bramshill, England. He performed operational, uniformed service in all ranks throughout Northern Ireland including west and north Belfast, Fermanagh and ‘South Region’ based in Portadown.
Following his police career he served for five years in the European Union – as a special adviser to the High Representative and Secretary-General while he was Head of Mission for the EU’s rule of law mission in Iraq. Currently he is a freelance security sector consultant, and works part time for a New York and Doha based strategic consultancy (the Soufan Group).
He also provides voluntary service as a board member for a number of organisations including the Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution and the Northern Ireland Association of Churchill Fellows.
Stephen is a graduate of Queens University of Belfast and Cambridge University. He holds two Masters Degrees – an MSc in Management and Organisational Development, and a M.St. (Cantab) in Criminology. In 2004 he was awarded an OBE for his services to policing at home and abroad.
Ross worked with Pearl Assurance PLC from 1976 – 2003 starting his career as a junior clerk in Omagh and retiring in 2003 as District Manager back ‘where he started’ in Omagh. He served as a part time Reserve Constable attached to Omagh station from 1977 until 2003 when an injury he sustained on duty led to his forced early retirement. He decided to re-enter the world of education as he faced his oncoming retirement and he completed his BA (Hons) degree in History and Humanities with the Open University (OU), he also completed an OU Certificate in Law, a Certificate in Paralegal Studies and Diploma in Paralegal Studies through the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX), A Certificate in the Effective Management of Volunteers through Queen’s University in Belfast and finally a Diploma in Community Development through NUI Galway.
In 2002 he, along with several others, formed the RUC GC Reserve Part Time Officers Welfare Group which fought for official recognition of the Reserve and the fact that despite many years of service there was no pension or other benefits available for part time officers which led eventually to the £20 million settlement that was distributed to those who served. He has served as Chairman of this group since formation.
In 2005 he entered the political arena and was elected as a Councillor representing Omagh Town on Omagh District Council and in 2011 he was re-elected and also won an Assembly seat as MLA for West Tyrone. After serving as Vice Chairman of Omagh District Council in 2011/2012 he stepped down from the Council in September 2012. He has been a member of the NI Policing Board since 2011.