Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas has lived and served all his career in the beautiful county of Gloucestershire. During most of his career Gavin has served as a Detective at every rank including Head of Crime and Protective Services and in a variety of areas including specialist crime, Counter Terrorism and as an SIO. In 2006 he attended the FBI programme at Quantico Virginia, with colleagues not only from every state in the USA but also from 28 other countries, an experience that Gavin feels was fantastic. It has since taken him to a number of different countries meeting colleagues and experiencing different policing models.
Gavin has also served as a Detective Chief Superintendent Professional Standards and also as a BCU commander for 2 years, a role he found both satisfying and rewarding working with communities and delivering a service.
Gavin has been active within the Association for many years, as both Branch and District Chair and Secretary. He was elected as National Vice President in 2013 and President in 2016.
Gavin lives in Gloucestershire with his wife Irina and their two daughters and enjoys cycling, sailing, walking, and restoring his house and garden. In his ‘spare time’ he loves reading and has a quiet ambition to learn to play the piano with his youngest daughter.
VICE PRESIDENT Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths
Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths is a Gwent Police Officer and has served in both uniform and detective ranks throughout his career. He has performed operational, investigative and organisational roles for his Force. He is a Senior Investigating Officer, Strategic Firearms Commander, Authorising Officer and a Negotiator Co-ordinator. He has led one of the largest Modern Slavery Investigations in the United Kingdom.
Paul has held Branch and District Executive roles since 2010 and was on the Panel of Friends. He was elected to Vice President in 2016.
Paul is an Officer of the Order of St John, holds a BSc (Hons), MSc in Criminal Justice Studies and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Management Institute. He is a Trustee with Police Dependants’ Trust and Chair of St John Gwent Council. He is married with two sons and in his spare time enjoys physical challenges, adventures and charity work. He has combined all three to raise money for Police charities, by walking 870 miles around the Coastal Path of Wales, completing the UK 24 Hours Three Peaks Challenge and cycling over 2100 miles around every Police Headquarters.
NATIONAL SECRETARY Chief Superintendent Dan Murphy
Chief Superintendent Dan Murphy is a Kent Police Officer who has served in both uniform and detective positions at different ranks during his service. He has undertaken investigative, operational and organisational management roles. He has performed the roles of Strategic Firearms Commander, Senior Investigating Officer and Authorising Officer, which included being on the executive committee of the National Source Working Group.
Dan was promoted to Superintendent in February 2007 and in the same year took up a Branch Executive role that he held until his transfer to the position of National Secretary (designate) in January 2017. Dan has also been an active member of the Panel of Friends since 2009.
Dan became the National Secretary in July 2017.
Dan is qualified in both a BA(Hons) degree in Business Studies and a Masters degree in Police Leadership and Management. He is married with three children and in his free time enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, skiing, cooking, DIY and runs a local Scout Group.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY – Eamonn Carroll
Eamonn is the Assistant Secretary for the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales.
He was the Association’s Professional Standards Co-Ordinator from June 2012 to February 2014.
Eamonn retired from British Transport Police in 2011, having served in a variety of both Uniform and CID roles.
As a Senior Investigating Officer he led a number of high profile major investigations. He was an active member of the Superintendents’ Association and became a member of the Panel of Friends in 2006. As Chief Superintendent he performed the roles of Head of Professional Standards and Head of Territorial Policing until his retirement.
He was awarded a Master’s Degree in Business Administration by Henley Business School in 2000.
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS CO-ORDINATOR – Victor Marshall OBE
Victor is the Professional Standards Co-ordinator for the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales. Victor joined Sussex Police in 1979 and served in a variety of roles including firearms, public order, uniform, CID and Professional Standards retiring as a Detective Superintendent.
Victor held a unique position whist seconded to the Home Office advising Ministers, the police service and policing oversight bodies on all aspects of the police complaints system, dealing with misconduct and unsatisfactory performance and attendance procedures.
Victor was responsible for setting up and implementing the recommendations from the Taylor Review of the police officer disciplinary arrangements and creating the legislation and regulatory framework for the system. He has lectured extensively on these subjects throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.
Victor has been a member of the Superintendents’ Association Panel of Friends for a number of years. He also sits on the disciplinary appeals panel for judges, magistrates and tribunal members.
He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year honours list in 2010 and he holds two Royal Humane Society awards for saving lives.