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

Date published: 22 March 2024

Justice Minister Naomi Long has announced the reappointment of Michael Davidson, statutory nominee of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland as a Trustee of the RUC GC Foundation.

The Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation is an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Justice. The Foundation’s statutory functions are marking the sacrifices and honouring the achievements of the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross and supporting the professional development of police officers and innovations in policing.

Michael Davidson was first appointed as the statutory nominee of the Chief Constable in March 2019. This reappointment will mean he will continue to serve in his role until 28 February 2029.

Notes to editors: 

  1. 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, one by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and one by the Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.
  2. 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.
  3. The tenure for the Trustee will commence on 1 March 2024 for a period of five years.
  4. This post does not attract remuneration. 
  5. More information on the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross and biographies of each of the Trustees can be found on the RUC GC website:
  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. Details of the declaration in relation to political activity are included below.
  7. Michael retired from the PSNI in 2016 having served in both the PSNI and RUC since 1984 when he joined as an RUC Cadet. Michael has over 30 years’ practical experience of law enforcement in various areas. In his later years as a police officer Michael developed University accredited training programmes which recognised and rewarded the professionalism of serving police officers and staff.
    In 2016 Michael joined the Criminology team at Ulster University as a Lecturer and since then has developed a number of University programmes for law enforcement officers and staff. Michael's research and teaching interests are in the areas of law enforcement, political violence, education and leadership and management
    Michael is currently the Director for Policing at Ulster University and a 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.
    In 2020 Michael was appointed as Faculty Partnership Manager (FPM), within Ulster University, with responsibility for security sector programs.
    Michael is the lead trustee for the RUC GC memorial garden, the Oral History project and works with the volunteers, he also assists with the RUC GC Foundation Bursary Scheme. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has an MSc in Education and a BA Hons in Leadership and Management. Political Activity: None
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