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Our Board is responsible for the control and strategic direction of PRRT. It consists of seven directors, one of whom represents the Chief Constable and two representing the Police Federation of Northern Ireland.

As we evolved, we sought to strengthen the Board’s foundations by inviting individuals onto the Board who had particular expertise in addition to those with relevant policing experience.

Our directors have brought a broad range of specialisms to the Board including law, human resources, marketing and accounting. Our Board draws on experience from police, commercial and public sector backgrounds. The Directors oversee corporate governance through a series of regular policy meetings.

Mrs Michele Larmour (Chair)

Mrs Larmour is a consultant in leadership coaching, assessing and training as well as international strategic police advisor, successfully contributing to policing in Mongolia, the Balkans, Ireland and North Africa. Internationally she has provided strategic consulting, advisory, assessing and mentoring services to clients facing critical leadership challenges whilst undergoing transformational change. Additionally, she has provided leadership knowledge, experience, strategic planning and governance expertise to the Executive Management team in a leading NI Government Department. She is an Associate Assessor with the College of Policing, UK and an Associate Leadership Coach with Queens University, Belfast.

Mrs Larmour is an experienced executive leader, with over 31 years’ service in UK policing, leaving in 2017 as Assistant Chief Constable, in England’s second largest force, West Midlands Police, having significantly contributed to the one of the largest UK policing transformations. Previously she 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. She was Head of the NI Police College, has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Policing and Police Studies, graduated top performer on the National Strategic Command Course and has completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Programme.

Dr Julie Aiken (Board Member)

Dr Julie Aiken is Regional Manager with Samaritans in Northern Ireland since 2014. During this time she has developed the presence of the organisation in NI, led on establishing relationships with key marginalised groups and had responsibility for the delivery of Samaritans best practice media guidelines for reporting suicide. She has worked in the community and voluntary sector for nearly 15 years including at the Red Cross where she undertook research on humanitarian crises. In 2013, she was part of the team that delivered the World Police and Fire Games in NI and Giro d’Italia Big Start in 2014. Dr Aiken has a primary degree in Psychology (BSc Hons). She also has a PhD set within a human rights framework. She has spent the last 10 years working in the field of mental health and wellbeing.

Ms Paula Kealey (Board Member)

Ms Kealey is an Associate Consultant with the Health and Social Care Leadership Centre, a Mentor for a Government Department Capacity Building Programme in Voluntary and Community Sector and is the Clinical Project Lead for Cancer Rehabilitation in the South-eastern Health and Social Care Trust. She is also a Guest Lecturer in Cancer Rehabilitation and Palliative Care at Ulster University and developed and delivered content for the first online Allied Health Professional, International Masters module in Long Term Conditions.

She is a registered Occupational Therapist with over 17 years’ clinical experience in rehabilitation at senior, specialist and management levels within the legacy Foyle Trust and North and West Belfast Trust and established the first Community Specialist Occupational Therapy Service in Cancer and Palliative Care in Northern Ireland.  Her experience also includes 14 years senior and strategic roles within a leading UK Charity where primary focus was Northern Ireland centric. Here she led a wide range of local and regional service developments, improvements and transformational change programmes to improve the lives of people living with cancer and those close to them. She has influenced and negotiated on campaigns, policy and strategic priorities at government level and across partnerships and contributed to the development of national and local strategy, policy, guidelines and pathways.  Ms Kealey has a BSc Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy, an MSc in Medical Science with published research and is a qualified and experienced Coach and Mentor.

Mrs Bernie McCrory MBE (Board Member)

Mrs McCrory was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) in February 2006 and she has retired from that role in August 2021. During that time she had 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 40 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).