Key messages from the Conference
We're back from another very successful Conference, held this year in Runnymede near Windsor.
54 Force Authorised Officers (representing our volunteer network within the Service) from 49 forces joined us for the two-day event which also included our AGM. We shared with them the changes we've made in 2014 and all the ways we've been working hard to support our members and the Police Service.
Stephen Mann talked about our strong performance in 2014 and the valuable support we've provided to the Service. Here are just some of the highlights we shared from the last 12 months:
- The 8.1% return on our Life Fund - and what our financial strength means for members
- 4,000 new members
- £844,000 invested in financial education
- £420,000 spent on Foundation activities to 'give back' to the Police Service
- Our plans for the future and how technology can support our goals.
Dave Loughenbury explained how we're using technology to create a more modern and efficient service to achieve a greater understanding of our members' needs.
Eve Clowes shared how we've been increasing awareness of Police Mutual in stations and at key policing events, as well as refreshing the look and feel of our marketing activity.
Dave Wright shared our plans for 2015, including new initiatives to deliver real value for members and attract new ones, refreshed brand advertising and attendance at policing events.
Claire Long talked about the work of the Police Mutual Foundation, including the new-look Wellbeing Zone, research into the mental health of Police personnel and the new wellbeing toolkit, developed by Lancashire Constabulary and sponsored by the Foundation.
We were delighted to welcome Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, from Lancashire Constabulary who has worked closely with the Police Mutual Foundation and is the national lead for wellbeing and engagement. He talked about the importance of understanding and managing the things that effect health and wellbeing at work, and that good management and leadership were essential.
Annual General Meeting
At our AGM, all resolutions were carried without abstentions or votes against, you can find a summary here.