- on Tuesday, 29 August 2017.
Lowland Rescue, the UK's governing committee for Lowland Search & Rescue teams in the UK, representing 35 teams, covering UK's non Mountainous areas, and all of Northern Ireland, is pleased to welcome onto its leadership team four new subject matter experts, to its Board of trustees. Amongst them is Missing People's Director of Partnership and Development, Karen Robinson.
The New Trustees are:
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM - is the former head of London's Metropolitan Police as Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis from 2011 until 2017, and was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to policing.
DCC Gareth Pritchard QPM - has been the Deputy Chief Constable since April 2013 and has responsibility for Professional Standards, Corporate Services and Operational Support Services which includes Firearms, Roads Policing, Emergency Planning and the Force Control Room, and is also National Policing lead for Search and Rescue across England and Wales.
Billy D’arcy – Billy D’Arcy’s career in Telecommunications & ICT spans the past 25 years. He has occupied various senior management roles across organisations such as Cable & Wireless, Eircom and Worldcom and Telefonica O2. In 2017, he joined BAI Communications as CEO for their UK operation. BAI are a global leader in telecommunications Infrastructure and services with a particular focus on the Rail and Transport sector. BAI have operations in Sydney, Hong Kong, New York, Toronto and London.
Karen Robinson; Director of Development and Partnerships Missing People - Karen has led the development of key partnerships with police across the UK. Karen’s background in both the police and prison service coupled with her many years’ experience working with children who run away and go missing, children at risk of exclusion and adults with mental health and homelessness problems placed her well to negotiate the charity’s important relationships with both statutory and voluntary sector partners.
Most notably, Karen has led the charity’s development of locally commissioned services, helping the Missing People reach an extra 2,000 children a year and many more children, adults and families through our new training programme for professionals. Karen has an interest in leadership and a passion for nurturing talent within her growing team.
Karen said: "I’m delighted to be joining the board of Lowland Rescue whose heroic teams across the UK search for many thousands of vulnerable missing adults each year. I’ve always been inspired by the high level of skill and dedication among their huge network of volunteer searchers, the very people who would come looking for me if I was missing and thought to be in danger. With more people going missing each year, and police forces stretched beyond capacity, the role of Lowland Rescue has never been more vital."
Paul Lewis MBE, Chairman of Lowland Rescue, said:
“Lowland Rescue is developing and continuing to grow, and has for the past 26 years been delivering Professional level, volunteer services to our various Blue Light services across the UK. Having these four, exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable individuals, joining the management committee as trustees, we can expect to see further improvements and developments in the field of UK Lowland Search & Rescue”