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Speakers

George Hamilton QPM

Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland

Tola Munro

NBPA President

Tola has served with Gwent Police since 2006.  He has two engineering degrees from De Montford University in Leicester followed by a twelve year career in engineering finishing up in Cardiff.  He  spent six years at Christchurch in Newport as a youth leader and a church administrator and a brief spell at the Office for National Statistics.

In 2010 Tola spent 101 days in Maryland, USA as Fulbright Police Research Fellow researching domestic abuse. He obtained a Master’s degree in Police Leadership & Management at Warwick Business School in 2016.

He has been heavily involved in Gwent Black Police Association (GBPA) since joining the force in 2006. He served for two years as the Training, Recruitment and Progression Officer and was elected Chair in November 2013 with the promise of a higher profile for the Association, working more closely with other Staff Associations, and assisting the Police & Crime Commissioner to reduce race Hate Crime in Gwent. In 2014 he oversaw the name change to GEMA (Gwent Police Ethnic Minority Association).

His ‘BRAVE’ vision helped meet the objectives of Gwent Police:

  • BEngaged in BME Communities and lead on reducing Race Hate Crime
  • Raise the GEMA profile locally, regionally and nationally
  • Agitate for Gwent Police to better reflect the ethnic minority communities it serves – a Service that Works
  • Value and support our members
  • Empower and progress BME staff & officers in Gwent Police – an Employer of Choice

Prior to his election as NBPA President Tola worked as a Police Sergeant for a Response team that covered Monmouthshire county.  Improving the legitimacy of policing is close to his heart and he is passionate about serving the public, working with BME staff networks in the Welsh public sector and with Black Police Associations. He aim to focus on the Peelian legitimacy issues of Representation, Engagement, Police Powers & Support (REPS).

Anne Connolly OBE

Chair, Northern Ireland Policing Board

Anne Connolly began her career in 1975 as a secondary school teacher, progressing to the post of Vice Principal after six years.  From here she moved into the Curriculum Advisory Service, first on secondment to the Western Education and Library Board and then as Adviser for English with the North Eastern Education and Library Board.

In addition, Anne worked from 1983-1989 as a part-time lecturer for the University of Ulster and also taught on the Professional Qualification for Head Teachers with the Regional Training Unit, Northern Ireland.

In 2000, Anne was appointed Assistant Senior Education Officer with the North Eastern Education and Library Board, a post which combined leadership of the Curriculum Advisory and Support Service with responsibility for the Schools Administration Branch.

In 2004, Anne took up the post of Director of Library and Corporate Services in the North Eastern Education and Library Board where she initiated a major rationalisation and change management programme within the library service.  During this time she led the North Eastern Education and Library Board to success in a number of quality awards programmes, including Charter Mark for customer services, Investors in People and the Northern Ireland Quality Award within the European Foundation for Quality Management.

In 2009, Anne was appointed Director of Planning and Performance with Libraries Northern Ireland, a new organisation established under the Review of Public Administration, to bring together the 5 Library Services from across Northern Ireland.

During her career, Anne has held a variety of non-executive director posts with a number of Northern Ireland bodies, including the Verbal Arts Centre, the Northern Ireland Film Commission and a local Strategy partnership established to access EU funding.

Anne Connolly was elected as the Chair of the Board in May 2013 and was re-elected as Chair in July 2015.

Barbara Gray QPM

Assistant Chief Constable

Barbara joined the police in 1989. She has considerable operational experience and has served across all policing Areas in Northern Ireland.


Having qualified from the national strategic command course in 2016 she was appointed as temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Operational Support Department in February 2017 and is currently the highest ranking female officer in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Barbara is a nationally qualified Public Order Commander, Firearms Commander and Multi Agency Incident commander; she has also completed several academic courses in recent years.


In Operational Support Department she has responsibility for the operational delivery and policy development of armed policing, public order policing, close protection, Emergency Planning, Civil Contingencies, Data Protection, Statistics Branch, Information Security Branch and Training and Development (including foundation, crime, specialist and operational training).


In 2016 Barbara was appointed Head of PSNI Specialist Operations Branch (C4) which is responsible for specialist firearms operations and covert surveillance.


Previously Barbara was Operations Manager in North and West Belfast and was responsible for the delivery and management of policing services during a time of particular political sensitivities. She was Commander for numerous complex, large scale operations which often resulted in violence which included ballistic and ied attack.


Prior to this she was Superintendent for Co Armagh and South Down and had responsibility for the development of policing with the community initiatives and strategic partnerships in an area that had once been the most militarised region in Western Europe and where police continued to experience policing in areas where communities had not embraced the peace process.


Barbara has led on various areas of policy development including Policing with the Community, Programme for Government and positive action. She remains committed to a community based model of policing and is an ambassador for the Northern Ireland Community Foundation. Barbara likes watching most sports and keeping fit. In 2016 she was awarded the Queens Police Medal

Stephen Martin

T/Deputy Chief Constable, PSNI

Dr Evelyn Collins CBE

Chief Executive, Equality Commission NI

Dr Evelyn Collins CBE has been Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland since March 2000, an organisation with a wide remit under Northern Ireland’s equality laws.

Evelyn is a law graduate of Sheffield University, and has Masters’ degrees from the University of Toronto (Criminology) and Queen’s University Belfast (Human Rights and Discrimination Law).

Evelyn has worked on equality issues since the 1980s, mostly in Northern Ireland but also as a national expert working on gender equality in the European Commission in Brussels.

Evelyn was Chair of the Board of Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies from October 2013 to October 2017. She is a member of the European Commission’s Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities between Women and Men. Evelyn was appointed as a Trustee of the Equal Rights Trust in September 2017.

Evelyn also serves on the Board of the Chief Executives’ Forum in Northern Ireland and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Evelyn was awarded the CBE in 2008, for services to the public in Northern Ireland. In July 2014, the University of Ulster awarded Evelyn the honorary degree of Doctor of Law (LLD) for her contribution to the promotion of equality and good relations.

Naz Shah MP

Home Affairs Select Committee

Born and raised in Bradford, Naz Shah is a progressive and dynamic Labour MP, elected at the 2015 general election after a monumental and very publicised struggle to win the seat from George Galloway. She successfully defended the seat in 2017 achieving the best result for the Labour Party in Yorkshire and Humber as well as no 15 in the country.

Since taking her seat in Parliament she has lead the way on Muslim issues in addition to having held the post of Parliamentary Private Secretary the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP.

Her position on the Home Affairs Select Committee has been an integral platform in raising the agenda of immigration, race, representation and in particular hate crime. She works closely with the police around the issues of extremism, terrorism and race.

Naz was herself forced into an arranged marriage at the age of 15. In addition to spending years campaigning for her Mother Zoora Shah to be released from prison for killing an abusive partner, who explained her silence was driven by the concept of ‘honour/shame’. More recently, Naz has campaigned since 2016 on a high profile, so-called, ‘honour’ killing in which she has fought to bring justice for the husband and family of her constituent Samia Shahid. As a direct result of Naz’s intervention both here and in Pakistan, the Pakistani authorities ordered an urgent probe into the death and Samia’s ex-husband is awaiting trial for her brutal rape and murder.

Naz is also the Chair of APPG for Islamic finance, former Chair of APPG for Islamophobia & now vice chair on the APPG for British Muslims, and APPG for Integration.

Bevan Powell, MBE

Nadeem Saddique