PRRT Board of Directors
Membership of the PRRT Board is as follows:
- Michelle Larmour (Chair)
- Oliver Wilkinson
- Dr Carol Ackah
- Mrs Bernie McCrory
- Mark Lindsay (Chair of NI Police Federation)
- Liam Kelly (Secretary of NI Police Federation)
- Chief Superintendent Simon Walls (PSNI representative)
Mrs Michele Larmour (Chair)
Mrs Larmour is an experienced executive leader, with over 31 years’ service in UK policing, leaving in 2017 as Assistant Chief Constable, West Midlands Police. Since then she has been appointed Visiting Fellow in Policing with the Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences, Birmingham City University, Assessor with the College of Policing and performed External Expert in the selection of Chief Superintendents in An Garda Síochána. Previously Mrs Larmour served over 28 years policing Northern Ireland from July 1986, as an officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC and then the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Mrs Larmour is an active mentor and coach, championing diversity. In 2018 she completed accreditation in Coaching. From 2016 she has been a member of Birmingham Metropolitan College Board and Audit and Risk Committee. Mrs Larmour has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Policing and Police Studies, was rated a top performer on the National Strategic Command Course and has completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Programme.
Dr Carol Ackah (Board Member)
Dr Ackah is a consultant specialising in Human Resource Management and Employee Relations. She had a management career in the health service and at the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, prior to becoming a Lecturer in HRM at Ulster University for 15 years. Dr Ackah previously served as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Northern Health & Social Care Trust and as a Commissioner on the Local Government Staff Commission. She is currently a panel member on the Industrial Tribunals and Fair Employment Tribunal and a lay member on the Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. Dr Ackah is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and obtained a PhD from the London School of Economics.
Mr Liam Kelly (Board Member)
Liam Kelly has 24 years policing experience. After graduating with an Honours Degree in Law he joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross in 1994 and initially served in uniform roles in Antrim and North Belfast. In 2005 he was promoted to Sergeant in a PSNI Tactical Support Group based in Dunmurry. In 2007 Liam was promoted to Inspector in Professional Standards Department based in Belfast. In 2011 Liam returned to Tactical Support Group based in New Barnsley and Ballymena stations.
Liam was first elected to his Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI) Regional Board as an Inspectors representative in 2011. He subsequently served on the PFNI Central Committee from 2015 before being appointed as the PFNI Assistant Secretary in January 2018. On 1st March 2019 Liam became the PFNI Secretary.
His current roles include the following:
- Director of the RUCGC-PSNI Benevolent Fund Charity
- Secretary of the PFNI Central Committee and Business, Finance, Pay and Pensions Executive Sub Committee
- Chairman and Director of the Board of Trustees for the Police Treatment Centres and St. Georges Police Children Trust charities
- PFNI representative on the Police Advisory Group for Northern Ireland
- PFNI Equality and Diversity lead
Mr Mark Lindsay (Board member)
Mr Mark Lindsay joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1987 and served in a community policing role in Aughnacloy, Ballygawley and Cookstown stations in County Tyrone. In 1996 he transferred to mobile support unit in Belfast. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999 and was transferred to Ballymena. He subsequently worked in specialist search roles within PSNI, focusing on high risk missing persons and major events.
First elected as a Federation representative in 2003, he became Chairman of his Regional Board in 2007. Mark has served on the PFNI Central Committee since 2006 and became Vice Chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland in 2009. He was elected Chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland in February 2015.
Mark holds many professional qualifications as well as being a graduate of The University of Dundee. He has a specific interest in the mental health wellbeing of police officers, which he encourages through being Chair of the RUCGG / PSNI Benevolent Fund and the Chair of Police Care UK. He has also actively supported minority groups within policing.
Mark is also involved in the welfare of police officers in the following capacity:
• Trustee / Director of the Northern Ireland Police Fund
• Trustee of National Police Memorial Day
• Trustee of Police Arbetorum Memorial Trust
Mrs Bernie McCrory (Board Member)
Mrs McCrory was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) in February 2006 and she has responsibility for leading and developing cross border health and social care provision between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on behalf of the CAWT Partnership. She has worked in the Health and Social Care Service for more than 35 years, mainly in Acute Services as a Hospital Manager/Business Manager with Sperrin Lakeland Trust and as Directorate Manager for Surgery and Critical Care at the Altnagelvin group of hospitals. Mrs McCrory also lectured in Law and Business on a part-time basis with Queens University of Belfast for 10 years. She has two primary degrees in Public Administration/Law (BA Hons) and Social Sciences/Education (BA Open). She also has a MBA and a Master of Laws (LLM) and a postgraduate certificate in University Teaching (PGCUT).
Chief Superintendent Simon Walls (Board member)
Simon Walls has been a police officer since 1997 and began his career in the City of London Police. He served in a variety of roles including staff officer to the Assistant Commissioner and Community Policing Inspector. Chief Superintendent Walls transferred to the PSNI in November 2007 and has fulfilled predominantly operational roles as an Area and District Commander. He spent a short period of time as a Detective Chief Inspector. In his current role Chief Superintendent Walls supports the Assistant Chief Constable in the delivery of front line and neighbourhood policing services across the PSNI. He is a public order, silver and gold commander and a tactical firearms commander. Chief Superintendent Walls is a graduate of the universities of Durham, Dublin and Portsmouth and was awarded a doctorate in July 2016.
Mr Oliver Wilkinson (Board member)
Mr Wilkinson is semi-retired. He works on a self-employed basis as a Registered Intermediary (communication specialist) with people who come into contact with the criminal justice system. On an occasional basis, he works as an Appropriate Adult with Mindwise (a Northern Ireland Based Mental Health Charity). Mr Wilkinson has over 20 years senior management experience, firstly as CEO of Victim Support in Northern Ireland, and then as CEO of Share/Discovery 80 Limited in Fermanagh, which provides educational and recreational activities for disabled and non-disabled people. Prior to this, he worked for the Probation Board Northern Ireland. Mr Wilkinson sits on the board of the Victims and Survivors Service and in a voluntary capacity, was a founding member and current Hon Sec of Healing Through Remembering, an independent initiative made up of a diverse membership with different political perspectives, working on a common goal of how to deal with the legacy of the past as it relates to the conflict in and about Northern Ireland.