CPG Chair Supt Donna Allen Retires – A Message From Our Honorary President
I would like to place on record and offer heartfelt thanks to Superintendent Donna Allen who retires from Greater Manchester Police today and in so doing also relinquishes her position as Chair of the Catholic Police Guild of England & Wales.
The Constitution of the CPG demands that the Chair is occupied by a serving police officer hence Donna’s decision to retire from the police brings with it the sadness of her leaving the important role that she has held for some three years.
Donna offered her services to take over as Chair when the Guild suddenly found itself without a leader in 2014. She immediately set about overseeing the rewriting of the Constitution and steering the revised version through the AGM.
During her tenure, the Guild has moved into the 21st Century very swiftly and, with a distinct sense of purpose, she has promoted recruitment to the CPG particularly in the North-west of England.
Her desire to create a more user-friendly CPG website saw much work done to produce a more modern and wider perspective of the Guild whilst still embracing the important aspect of our catholicity. This new website means that applicants can now consolidate their application immediately through the facility of PayPal
Never shy to identify herself as a practising Catholic Donna shared with our Chaplain, Father Barry, Lomax, a BBC Radio broadcast ‘Faith in the Police Service’ which went out nationally and brought to the fore the fact that a commitment to one’s faith is not contradictory to commitment to serving as a police officer – indeed they are complimentary.
Donna has brought much to the Guild during her relatively short period as Chair and on behalf of all members I wish her peace and contentment in her retirement and I am confident that she will continue to serve the Guild in the future with the same enthusiasm that she has shown in the past.
Bernard James Luckhurst QPM
31st. July, 2017.