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Police Credit Union
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Honorary President: Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, QPM

Board Members

Board Members

Peter Watson is the current Chair of Police Credit Union Ltd and is a Director from the former Merseyside Police Credit Union.

Peter is a retired Police Officer who held the post of local Federation Secretary.

He was involved with others in establishing Merseyside Police Credit Union in 1989 and held the role of President until the merger with Police Credit Union.

He retired as a Police Staff Member in the Personnel Department of Merseyside Police in 2009

Peter became Chair of the Board of Directors in December 2006, upon the retirement of Chris Edmond. He previously served as Vice Chair.

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Neal Alston has served over 28 years with Hertfordshire Constabulary. Before his current posting, his main career was as a uniformed officer encompassing spells as a custody officer and police trainer.

He became a Federation Representative in 1999 and was elected Joint Branch Board Treasurer in 2003, before taking up his current position as full time JBB Chair in 2007. He holds the lead for Hertfordshire Federation in Diversity.

Neal joined the board of Police Credit Union in early 2008. He is currently Director of Finance of Police Credit Union.

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Pete Chapple joined the Prison Service in 1991 serving for 23 years as a prison officer at HMP Winchester. He became a POA Branch Official in 1999 and a National Official on full time secondment to the POA in 2006. He is currently employed full time as the POA’s Finance Officer.

Pete was instrumental in bringing about the arrangements that allow POA members and their families to access the benefits of PCU membership.

Pete joined the board of Police Credit Union in 2014, representing POA members.

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Alex Duncan became a Director of Police Credit Union in 2005, representing the Bristol branch. He took on the position of Deputy Secretary in 2008.

He has been with Avon & Somerset Police Force since 1990, having worked in both the city of Bristol and the rural area of Somerset.

He was elected as a Federation Representative in 1999 and became the Joint Branch Board Secretary in 2003, a position he has held since. He is also the Secretary of No 6 Region Constables and Joint Boards.

He was appointed Secretary in January 2014.

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Steve Grange joined West Midlands Police in 1991, serving as a uniformed response officer for the majority of his service to date. After being initially posted to the Sandwell area of the force he was promoted to Walsall where he spent 4 years carrying out the role of a response sergeant and custody officer before being promoted to Inspector in 2002. He then transferred to Dudley where he led a response team for 5 years.

He became a local Federation Representative in 2004. After being the Secretary to the Inspector’ Branch Board, Steve became Secretary to the Joint Branch Board, a post he still holds.

He joined the PCU Board as Director in 2011.

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Nigel Rabbitts joined Devon & Cornwall Constabulary in 1988, after University and service with the British Army all over the world.

He has worked throughout the two counties and the Isles of Scilly, specialising in public order and covert policing.

Currently a Sergeant, he was elected as Chairman of the Devon & Cornwall Police Federation Joint Branch Board in April 2010.

He holds qualifications in Organisational Studies and Occupational Health & Safety.

Nigel became a Director of Police Credit Union in September 2010.

He was appointed Deputy Chairman in January 2015.

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Mark Richardson joined the Cleveland Police in 1991, serving 11 years as a uniform Constable in roles including Neighbourhood Policing, vehicle crime unit and Roads Policing. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and was posted to the Force Communications Centre. In late 2003, Mark was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Police trainer in Basra, Iraq. On his return, he spent time back in the Communications Centre, before time on Special Branch and the Roads Policing Unit.

Mark is currently the Secretary of Cleveland Joint Branch Board and has been in post since July 2014.

Mark is the deputy H&S lead for Cleveland Joint Branch Board and has the IOSH strategic H&S qualification, NEBOSH General Certificate in H&S and CIEH Level 3 in Fire Risk Assessment and Control certificate.

He joined the PCU Board in January 2014.

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Jim Skinner joined the Metropolitan Police in 1989 serving for 16 years in uniform roles including Neighbourhood Policing and a spell as a police trainer. He transferred to Hertfordshire Police in 2005 and currently runs the force crime management unit.

Jim is the Secretary of Hertfordshire Inspectors Branch Board and the Vice Chair of the Joint Branch Board.

Jim joined the Board of Police CU in 2012 and currently holds the post of Deputy Treasurer.

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Grant Thorburn became a Director of Police Credit Union in 2014, representing the North East Region.

After serving in the Army, Grant joined Cleveland Constabulary in 1981, serving in uniform and RPU. Grant was elected to Cleveland JBB in 1995 becoming JBB Treasurer in 2002 and JBB Secretary in 2007 until his retirement in 2011. He now works part time as an assistant in the Cleveland Police Federation office.

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Mark Salt served 30 years with West Midlands Police, retiring in 2010 after leading the force’s Economic Crime Unit for a number of years.

Upon leaving the force Mark worked as a General Manager (and deputising director) for Virgin Trains, running the London Euston operation, and its several hundred staff. Mark’s role was to run the business operation, enhancing profits and customer service levels in particular. More recently he has changed roles to now work for a national leisure based company where he is responsible for regional security and business practices as well as advising General Managers on issues of business improvement.

Mark joined the Board in January 2015, having previously been a Supervisor at Birmingham Branch. He has now taken on the responsibility of Director of Compliance, working closely with the Compliance & Risk Officer.

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Jeff Sheeran is a serving Merseyside Police staff member having joined the Force in 1986. He is a CIPD qualified Personnel Officer and has spent most of his career in various roles within the Force’s Personnel/HR Departments involved mainly in employee relations issues and developing HR policies and procedures within the Force but also spent seven years as a Personnel Officer in Wirral BCU.

At the beginning of the Merseyside Police Budget Cuts Programme in 2008 he became more active within the GMB Trade Union representing managerial and professional staff and took on a Branch Steward’s role before becoming Assistant Branch Secretary in 2010. He was elected as GMB Branch Secretary in 2013 and continues to fulfil that role within the Force.

Jeff became a Director of Police Credit Union in January 2015.

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