Speaker for 24th March 2015

Photo: Vice President Mike Turner greets Richard Russell, with Club Members Ivan Gough (L) and Norman Maxwell (R)
Talk by Mr. Richard Russell on ‘Policing Change in the United Arab Emirates’
As the President John Graham was on holiday, Mike Turner (Vice President) took the chair. Mike proceeded to introduce the speaker for today Richard Russell QPM LLB (Hons). Richard who had served for 31 years as an officer in the RUC/PSNI served all over the province, eventually retiring in 2008 with the rank of Chief Superintendent. After retirement he worked in the University of Ulster helping to train new solicitors and barristers. During that time he was Project Manager for a EU policing project, which looked at how the Turkish Ministry of Interior could introduce accountability mechanisms for the Turkish Police.

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Speaker for 17th March 2015

Photo: President John Graham greets Trevor Topping, with Club Members Ahmed Sharieff (L) and Peter FitzGerald (R)
Talk by Mr. Trevor Topping on ‘Promoting self-employment in the country, or “Toil and Trouble”’
The Club President, John Graham, welcomed members to the meeting. He then introduced our speaker for the morning, Mr. Trevor Topping, who worked for the Government of the Irish Republic as an enterprise officer promoting self employment in the country. Trevor gave an entertaining account of the time he spent in Inishowen, Co. Donegal setting up business training courses, encouraging people from unemployment into self-employment.

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Speaker for 10th March 2015

Photo: President John Graham greets Gordon Millington, with Press Officer John Dobson (L) and Club Member John McHenry (R)
Talk by Mr. Gordon Millington OBE, telling us about ‘Lighthouses’


The Club President, John Graham, welcomed members to the meeting. He then introduced our speaker for the morning, Mr. Gordon Millington OBE, who gave a fascinating talk and slide show on the subject of "Lighthouses". Before his retirement Mr. Millington was a Senior Partner in Kirk, McClure and Morton, one of the most prestigious Civil Engineering Consultants in N. Ireland. During Gordon's career, he had worked in many fields of civil engineering including construction, highways, feasibility studies and contract management, but he NEVER had anything to do with lighthouses!

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Speaker for 3rd March 2015

Photo: President John Graham greets Stewart Tosh, with Past President Gordon Ward (L)
Talk by Mr. Stewart Tosh giving ‘The History of Policing in Ireland - Myth or Legend?’
The Club President, John Graham, welcomed members to the meeting. He then introduced our speaker for the morning, Mr. Stewart Tosh, the topic of his talk being “The History of Policing in Ireland – Myth or Legend.”
Stewart began his talk by commenting that it was just a year ago he had been talking to the club about the Commonwealth Games and was enthusiastic about Northern Ireland's chances of medals. However, in today's talk, which reflected on his 34 years in the Police service, he would have to be careful what he said as there were several of his retired colleagues in the audience.

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Speaker for 17th February 2015

Photo: President John Graham greets Ken Ward, with 2nd Vice, President Jim Archer (L) and club member, Reggie Patterson (R)
Talk by Mr. Ken Ward on ‘WW1 and Aspects of Propaganda’


The Club President, John Graham, welcomed members and guests to the meeting. He then introduced our speaker for the morning, Mr. Ken Ward, the topic of his talk being “The First World War – Aspects of Propaganda”.
Ken began his talk with a question to the members - 'who said this, when writing about Germany's defeat in the first world war - "Propaganda counted in England as a weapon of the first importance, whereas with us, it is the last refuse of unsuccessful politicians and policies here"?' (*Answer at the bottom of the full report page).

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