To elect a Chairman in line with Standing Order 29 of the Court of Common Council.
An election of Chairman was held in line with Standing Order 29 and, being the only Member willing to serve, Deputy James Thomson was elected Chairman for the ensuing year.
On taking the Chair, the Chairman thanked Alderman Gowman for chairing the meeting up until that point and welcomed Caroline Addy, Munsur Ali, Alderman Tim Hailes and Dawn Wright to their first meeting of the Board.
The Chairman placed on record on behalf of the Board its thanks to its four Members who had left the Board since the last meeting. These included Simon Duckworth and Deputy Henry Pollard, both past Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of the Board, with the Mr Duckworth serving for 18 years on the Board, including as past Chairman of the Economic Crime Committee, Member of the Board of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners since 2012, active in the Association of Police Authorities since 2006, serving as chairman of the National Olympics Security Oversight Group, member of the Home Office Olympic Security Board and having received an OBE for services to policing.
Mr Pollard had served on the Board for 14 years, and as well as serving and Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Board had also served on its Economic Crime Committee, Performance and Resource Management Committee, and Professional Standards and Integrity Committee alongside serving as Special Interest Area Lead for Strategic Policing and chairing the Safer City Partnership.
Alderman Luder had served on the Board for 18 years, including serving as Special Interest Area Lead for the Force’s City First Programme and the inaugural chairman of the City of London Police Pensions Board.
The Chairman concluded by noting the Board’s thanks to Sheriff Chris Hayward for his 4 years of service on the Board.