I am honoured to have been elected NARBTPO Chair by the committee. Before I say anything about myself, it is only right that I begin by thanking our previous Chair, John Bryant, for his solid leadership which I have had the privilege of witnessing whilst on the committee. I also thank him for his continued support and guidance. John has been a member of NARBTPO since 1998 and has held various posts including Secretary from 2001 until he was elected Chair in 2016.
Throughout his time, John has been a consistent force for good. John was deservedly recognised by the force for his service to NARBTPO when he was given a Chief Constable’s Commendation in 2019. His leadership was most evident when this association campaigned against the proposed creation of a separate pension fund, before the plan to integrate the BTP into Police Scotland was abandoned. Thankfully, we are not losing John’s vast experience because he is continuing in the role of Honorary Vice-Chair.
For those who do not know me, I served in the Scottish Area for over 30 years in various Uniform and CID roles before retirement in 2011. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet numerous colleagues from across the force, many of whom I now regard as good friends. I look forward to my tenure as Chair and the challenges that will no doubt arise in the coming years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite taking over in what can only be described as an incredibly difficult period, I look forward to chairing this association. Unfortunately, the threat from this awful disease has meant that we are all staying home to protect the NHS and save lives. These unprecedented circumstances made it impossible to hold our AGM this year. However, I look forward to meeting you all at our AGM in 2021 when hopefully it will be safe for us all to meet again.
Although we are unable to meet in person, I want to assure members that myself, along with the rest of the committee will keep you, our members, updated on events by email, newsletter, the NARBTPO website and our Twitter account (@NARBTPO if you wish to follow).
All the best and stay safe.
Jim McKelvie, Chair.