Scottish Law enforcement Authority’s new chairman declared

The new chairman of Scotland’s police oversight entire body has been announced by Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf.

Martyn Evans will acquire up the job with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) on February 1, replacing David Crichton who has been serving as interim chairman since December 2019.

Mr Evans joined the SPA as a board member in June 2018 and has wide-ranging government and non-executive encounter in the voluntary and community sectors.

Mr Yousaf reported: “I am delighted to appoint Martyn Evans to the chair of the SPA. This is a single of the most essential roles in Scottish community existence, supporting and scrutinising Law enforcement Scotland, and Martyn will deliver his significant abilities to make sure that the SPA proceeds to undertake this crucial functionality.

“Having served as a board member for the past two several years he has a really great in-depth comprehension of policing in Scotland and I am self-confident he will deliver dynamic leadership as chair, sustaining good operating interactions with the vast vary of organisations with an curiosity in policing.

“This is a time of unparalleled improve. Covid-19, the one greatest public health disaster of our lifetimes, has had a profound influence on our complete way of daily life.

“In this space, the function of policing has by no means been a lot more important, as a essential frontline provider in the generate to maintain the individuals of Scotland secure.

“I am also massively grateful to David Crichton, the outgoing interim chair, for his continued dedication and progress in delivering beneficial changes above this earlier yr, major the SPA in the deal with of the unparalleled worries introduced by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Mr Evans has experienced several preceding roles together with chief government of the Carnegie Uk Have faith in for 10 a long time, owning been appointed in November 2009.

He was director of the Scottish Purchaser Council (SCC) from 1998 to 2009 and a visiting Professor of Law at the University of Strathclyde from 1995-2001.

Before taking up his submit with SCC he was chief govt of Citizens Advice Scotland for five decades and director of Shelter (Scottish Marketing campaign for Homeless Folks) from 1987 to 1992.

He said: “I am searching forward to operating with colleagues within the Authority and Police Scotland to establish on what has currently been attained and to help handle the undoubted issues and alternatives forward.

“Policing is a critical community provider and all police companies across the United kingdom experience at any time shifting demands in a fast transforming planet.

“The Authority will support, encourage and review the perform of Law enforcement Scotland and make its contribution to further increase public self-assurance and comprehension of the performance and efficiency of the next premier police organisation in the Uk.”