New chair announced for Scottish Police Authority

Martyn Evans has been appointed as chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board with oversight of Police Scotland.

Jan 18, 2021
By Tony Thompson
Scottish Police Authority chair Martyn Evans

He will take up the post on February 1, replacing David Crichton who has been serving as interim chair since December 2019.

Mr Evans joined the SPA as a board member in 2018. His previous appointments include chief executive officer of Citizens Advice Scotland and director of Shelter (Scottish Campaign for Homeless People).

Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “I am delighted to appoint Martyn Evans to the chair of the SPA. This is one of the most important roles in Scottish public life, supporting and scrutinising Police Scotland, and Martyn will bring his considerable expertise to ensure that the SPA continues to undertake this important function. Having served as a board member for the last two years he has a very good in-depth understanding of policing in Scotland and I am confident he will bring dynamic leadership as chair, maintaining good working relationships with the wide range of organisations with an interest in policing.

“This is a time of unprecedented change. Covid-19, the single greatest public health crisis of our lifetimes, has had a profound impact on our whole way of life. In this space, the role of policing has never been more important, as a key frontline service in the drive to keep the people of Scotland safe.

“I am also hugely grateful to David Crichton, the outgoing interim chair, for his continued dedication and progress in delivering positive changes over this past year, leading the SPA in the face of the unprecedented challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Mr Evans said: “I am looking forward to working with colleagues within the authority and Police Scotland to build on what has already been achieved and to help address the undoubted challenges and opportunities ahead. Policing is a vital public service and all police services across the UK face ever changing demands in a rapidly changing world. The authority will support, promote and review the work of Police Scotland and make its contribution to further improve public confidence and understanding of the effectiveness and efficiency of the second largest police organisation in the UK.”

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