New Trustee Appointed to the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross (RUC GC) Foundation

Date published: 13 March 2019

The Department of Justice has announced the appointment of Michael Davidson as a Trustee of the RUC GC Foundation.

Mr Davidson is appointed as the statutory nominee of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Peter May, Permanent Secretary, Department of Justice said; “I congratulate Mr Davidson on his appointment and welcome the skills and attributes he will bring to this position.  I wish him every success for his term of office at the Foundation.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation is an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Justice; it commenced work in December 2001.  The Foundation has a number of statutory functions including marking the sacrifices and honouring the achievements of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC, supporting the professional development of serving police officers and responsibility for the RUC GC Memorial Garden.
  2. The Foundation comprises a Chair and a Board of five Trustees all of whom are appointed by the Department of Justice.  Two of the Trustees are nominated by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, subject to the approval of the Department.
  3. The procedure for the appointment of Trustee is compliant with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland (CPANI) Code of Practice. The appointments are made by the Department of Justice taking account of its statutory duty under the RUC GC Regulations 2002.
  4. The tenure for the Trustee will commence on 4 March 2019.
  5. The post does not attract remuneration.
  6. The appointment of Trustee 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.

7. Pen Picture

Michael Davidson joined the Criminology team at Ulster University as a Lecturer in 2016. Michael's research and teaching interests are in the areas of law enforcement, terrorism and political violence, counter terrorism, violent extremism and leadership and management. Michael is highly experienced and has an in-depth knowledge of training design, development and delivery at all levels within law enforcement agencies both locally and internationally.

Michael is currently the Course Director for the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice (Applied Practice) degree designed for current and recently retired members within the Criminal Justice Sector.

Michael is Course Director for the Open Source Intelligence Course (OSINT) and the Deep Dark Web course both delivered online through a collaborative partnership in Ulster University.

Michael is also the Subject Partnership Manager (SPM), for five external programs delivered in partnership within the Criminal Justice Sector.

Michael is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; he teaches at undergraduate level and supervises student dissertations at undergraduate level. Michael has studied Terrorism at St Andrews University and holds a BA in Leadership and Management (with commendation) from Dundee University and has specific expertise in the transfer of learning to workplace application.

Michael has over 30 years’ practical experience of law enforcement in various areas specialising in, the creation of accredited CPD training programs and a trainer in the Behaviour Assessment Screening System.

Political Activity: None

  1. 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 028 90378110 and your call will be returned.

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