Justice Minister appoints new Board member to the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust

Date published: 16 June 2015

Justice Minister David Ford has announced the appointment of Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields OBE as a Board member of the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust. Chief Superintendent Shields is appointed as the statutory nominee of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

David Ford said, “I congratulate Chief Superintendent Shields on her appointment and know she will bring significant skills and attributes to this position.  I wish Pauline every success for her term of office at the Trust.”

Notes to editors: 

1.  The Police Rehabilitation & Retraining Trust is an Arms-Length Body of the Department of Justice; it commenced work in 1999. The PRRT has a number of functions including the provision of support to police officers who have already retired from the PSNI or the RUCGC or who are planning to retire from service.  Some of the services provided by PRRT include psychological therapies and physiotherapy, coaching and developing and training and education programmes.

2.  The PRRT Board comprises a Chairperson and six Directors.  One of the Board members is nominated by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and two by the Police Association of Northern Ireland, subject to the approval of the Minister of Justice. The Chair and the remaining Board members were selected after a public appointments process.

3.  The procedure for the appointment of Board members is compliant with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland (CPANI) Code of Practice. The appointments are made by the Minister of Justice taking account of his statutory duty under the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust Regulations 2014.

Membership of the PRRT Board is as follows:

  • Ken Millar (Chair)
  • Mark Lindsay
  • Brenda Maitland
  • Maynard Mawhinney
  • C/Supt. Pauline Shields OBE
  • Marty Whittle
  • Oliver Wilkinson

4.  The tenure for the Board members will be for a term of four years with the possibility of re-appointment for a further four years at the end of that time. The remuneration for the Chair is £10,000 per annum and Board members £5,000, with the exception of the statutory nominees who are unremunerated; reasonable allowances will be paid. It is anticipated that the time commitment will be up to 1 day per month.

5.  The appointment of Board members is made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.  Details of the declaration in relation to political activity are included in the pen picture below.

6.  All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press office 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.

Pen Picture – Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields (Board member)

Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields’ current role is South Area Coordinator, responsible for uniform policing across Fermanagh & Omagh, Mid Ulster, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Newry Mourne & Down, Lisburn & Castlereagh City and Ards & North Down.

In 2013, Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields was awarded an OBE for Services to Policing and the Community in Northern Ireland.  Chief Superintendent Shields has provided the community with 28 years outstanding service, performing a number of roles in both urban and rural environments.  Under her strategic leadership, she has built relationships with local communities and their representatives, resulting in greatly improved community confidence in policing.  She also played a lead role in the delivery of mobile technology and the Service’s Estate Strategy.

Chief Superintendent Shields is an active advocate of women in policing and an ambassador for the leadership role of women both in policing and the wider business community.

No Political Activity declared.

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