Care of Police Survivors has appointed Tim Buckley as its new chief executive officer, he takes over from Richard Kotulecki who has been in the post since May 2015.
Tim, who has a wide range of experience in both business and the charity sector, takes up the role in April.
Jan Berry QPM, Chair of Trustees, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tim to COPS, he brings a wealth of experience to help us build on the fantastic work Richard and the head office team has done in the last three years.
“As our first-ever CEO Richard has done so much to help develop the charity and we thank him for his hard work and dedication.”
After training as a journalist, Tim worked in magazines and newspapers for almost ten years before joining his family firm, AB publishing, an agency specialising in employee engagement and internal communications.
During his time with AB Tim worked with a number of police forces including British Transport Police, The Met and West Mercia Police.
Since leaving the business he has focused on the charity sector and was Chief Executive Officer with Relate London South West before moving to the country and working with Medical Detection Dogs, where he has been for the last three years.
Tim said: “I am so pleased and honoured to be joining COPS. The fantastic work that the charity does is vital and provides essential support to people and families at one of the hardest times in their lives.
“I join at a time when the foundations for the future have been carefully, and excellently, laid and I will work with the Trustees, the Council, head office team and all the supporters to continue to provide and develop the very best support to the Survivors.”
COPS President, Denis Gunn, said: “Tim’s arrival marks the next stage of development for the charity. I am delighted that he will pick up where Richard has left off and continue to build the organisation with Survivors at the heart of everything COPS does.”
In a fond farewell, Richard said: “It has been a privilege to work with COPS, I will miss the charity and the people involved but know that the future is bright with plenty of opportunities ahead. I look forward to hearing about future success and wish Tim, and everyone I have worked with, especially the head office team, the Trustees and Council the very best.”
Care of Police Survivors (otherwise known as COPS) is a UK registered charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives whilst on duty (our ‘Survivors’). We aim to ensure that they have all the help they need to cope with such a tragedy, and that they remain part of the police family as they rebuild their lives.
COPS enables Survivors to help Survivors, the extent of help provided will always be controlled by the new Survivor. Sometimes an understanding listener is needed. Sometimes more practical help is required. Whatever the need, COPS will be able to put Survivors in touch with those who truly understand.
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