PFNI elects new chair
Liam Kelly has been elected as the new chair of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI), succeeding Mark Lindsay who is retiring from the post next month.
Mr Kelly, who is currently secretary of the PFNI, has almost 28 years policing experience in Northern Ireland, having first joined the service in September 1994.
He said he was “immensely proud, humbled and honoured” to have received the unanimous support of the PFNI Central Committee.
Mr Kelly added: “I will continue to work tirelessly for officers and be a strong voice and advocate for them across a whole range of issues.
“I want to pay tribute to Mark for his leadership of the PFNI over the last seven years. He implemented positive change within the organisation and undertook many initiatives to assist and support our members in both practical and meaningful ways.
“Officers knew Mark had their back and best interests at heart. His experience, knowledge, insightful contributions and forthright advocacy were greatly valued by his colleagues. As he retires, I want to personally thank him for his long service and wish him well for the future.”
Mr Lindsay said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chair of this great organisation. Alongside my colleagues, I have always endeavoured to represent the views of police officers who day and daily make an enormous and often under-appreciated contribution to our society.
“Liam has been PFNI secretary for three years and has great in-depth knowledge particularly around pensions, equality and working practices. I have no doubt that when he takes up his new role as chair, he will continue to confront difficult issues and robustly and fairly advocate for the brave men and women I have been privileged to represent.”