Appointment of new Chairman to RUC GC Foundation
Former Assistant Chief Constable Stephen White has been named as the new chairperson to the RUC GC Foundation.
Mr White, who served in both the RUC and the PSNI, will take up office today for a term of five years.
Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I feel very privileged to be offered the opportunity to lead the RUC GC Foundation, particularly so since I am its first chairman to have served in the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
“The Foundation has a mandate which is very close to my heart – to mark the sacrifices and honour the achievements of the RUC GC and I will do all in my power to ensure that this mandate will be at the centre of all our activities.
“My aim is to provide visible, inclusive and empathetic leadership to a Foundation that is proud of the RUC’s history while being meaningful to our stakeholders and outward-looking for those interested in learning about policing and the positive role it plays in society.”
Peter May, permanent secretary for the Department of Justice, thanked outgoing chairperson Brian Rea for his “significant contribution” and said Mr White would bring “a wealth of experience to this very important role”.
On taking up his appointment, the Chairman issued the following statement to the RUC GC family;
Dear former comrades and current friends, some of you may already be aware that
today I take up the role of Chairman of the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross
Foundation. I’m privileged to be appointed and promise that I will do my best in
this important post.
I’m genuinely keen to provide a consultative, listening and meaningful style of
leadership and am open to constructive ideas, suggestions and offers of practical
Stage 1 for me is making sure people understand the function and make-up of the
Foundation. The Foundation’s aim is enshrined in a legal mandate. It is to “mark the
sacrifices and honour the achievements of the RUCGC”. The Foundation consists of a
Chairman, 5 trustees (all 6 of us are unpaid volunteers) and 2 support staff - with
a stakeholder group to advise us. Without a fantastic group of volunteers to assist
(eg gardening maintenance at the Memorial Garden, guiding at the History Trail,
stewarding at church services etc.) we simply could not function. Having already
served as a volunteer trustee for 6 years I’ve seen at first hand what they do and
am indebted to them.
No organisation can improve by standing still, so, I have some ideas for the future.
However, I first want to engage in a meaningful consultation/engagement with the
wider RUCGC family - not a PR exercise but a series of meetings, messages and
interactions to hear views - especially “west of the Bann”. I want the Foundation to
work for all the RUCGC family.
I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive messages of support since my appointment was
made official yesterday afternoon. Many thanks to all have contacted me.
My post on this group site is to simply let people know that I’m keen to hear any
and all genuinely held concerns or suggestions. If you have anything negative to say
about the Foundation (or me) I respectfully request that you “PM” me by private
message or lift the phone.
I was proud to serve the people of Northern Ireland alongside my RUC colleagues. I
now feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to serve those officers and
their families in my new role especially at this current very challenging time.
With kind regards to all, Stephen White