The St George's Police Children Trust welcomes Mr Patrick Cairns as the newly appointed Trust Secretary.
Following the retirement of Michael Baxter, earlier this year, Patrick joins the charity as the new Secretary and took up his role on 24 June.
Patrick brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, serving with distinction in the Royal Military Police (RMP) throughout his career in the Army attaining the rank of COLONEL. During his 28 year career he served on operations in Northern Ireland, the Former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and lived and worked in many other countries across the world including Germany, the USA and Belgium. He has a BA in Economics, an MA in Defence Studies and is a fluent French speaker, and he is a Chartered Fellow of the CMI. His most recent and final appointment was the Deputy Chief Constable of the RMP.
An experienced and well qualified police officer, Patrick has worked closely throughout his career with police officers both in the UK, and when they have also been deployed on missions overseas. He has always had a high regard for the outstanding work that the police do in support of the public, often under challenging and very testing conditions. He is also well placed to confirm the respect that the International Community have for the UK Police Service, having personally seen them at work around the world on many occasions in tense situations in support of the disadvantaged and those who need help and protection, always conducting themselves with huge professionalism, courage and fortitude, and of course with the sense of humour that so typifies the men and women of the great British Police Service.
On being appointed Trust Secretary, Patrick commented;
“I am delighted to be appointed as the Secretary to the SGPCT. It is an incredibly worthwhile charity and is designed to support the children and families of Police Officers when the unthinkable happens. Police Officers are ordinary men and women who do extraordinary things every day, and routinely put themselves in harm’s way. When disaster strikes and an Officer is badly injured or worse, all members of the Police Family close in to provide support, and the SGPCT is one such charity, which provides this help and financial support to dependant children during difficult times. There will always be a need for Charities like the SGPCT, and I shall look forward to working closely with the dedicated team who are part of St George’s and indeed Police Officers everywhere, both serving and retired, in taking it forward