Annual Conference Archive

71st Anniversary Annual Conference 2010


Date: 11th - 14th May 2010 inclusive
Venue: The Guildhall


Annual Conference 2010 Documents: 

Annual Report 2009.pdf

pdf, 1.6M, 19/09/11, 192 downloads


pdf, 871.1K, 13/08/10, 605 downloads


pdf, 240.6K, 04/05/10, 633 downloads


doc, 181K, 04/05/10, 427 downloads


During Annual Conference delegates, observers and providers will have noticed that the POA engaged the professional services of a recognised NUJ photographer.

Throughout the week Jess Hurd took a number of pictures which are now available for branches or individuals to purchase. 

Click here to view a gallery of the available photographs

The cost of each photo is £10.00 or 15 photographs for £100.00.

To place your order, please forward a cheque made payable to the POA for the appropriate amount and identify the reference number of the appropriate photo from the website.  Any correspondence should be forwarded to Glyn Travis – Assistant Secretary Cronin House.

The closing date for these photographs to be purchased is 30th September 2010.


On Thursday morning, the National Chairman Colin Moses outlined to Conference the terms and wording of a joint statement between NOMS and the POA on Zero Tolerance to Violence in Prisons.

Simon Reed Vice Chair of the Police Federation and Dr David Green both addressed Conference and spoke on the failures of the Criminal Justice System, Offenders, prisons and future Government policies.

Sir Alan Beith addressed Annual Conference and outlined his personal views on a number of issues, but his key note speech was in respect of the Report into the Role of the Prison Officer. Sir Alan received a warm welcome from the delegation.  Sir Alan was in the Conference hall when Conference unanimously supported Motion 25.



For the first time in many years the POA held a demonstration in respect of Prisons not for Profit outside the Guildhall in Portsmouth.  The General Secretary, National Chairman and Finance Officer all addressed the delegates.

Malcolm Rogers of Help for Heroes addressed Conference outlining the work this worthwhile organisation and charity does.  This year the Chairman’s charity is Help for Heroes and the POA has already donated significant sums to this charity.

The Secure Health Care Services Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday morning during Annual Conference.

Paul Weare Director of Security at Ashworth High Secure Hospital addressed Conference outlining the problems his staff and other staff in the High Secure Hospitals face.

The POA is the proud sponsor of the Toe by Toe scheme through the Shannon Trust.  The Union sponsored award was given to Lisa Dowsett for her work and commitment to helping prisoners to learn to read.

Brian Caton General Secretary presented

Mick Roe - Bullwood Hall
Brian Harrison - Castington
Rob Bowman - Newhall

with the Cronin Clasp for their long term contribution to the POA at local level.  All three recipients as always were honoured to receive the award; and as always surprised by their nomination.

Brian Caton General Secretary also presented the POAs highest award to Neil Walker of HMP Frankland for his heroic actions when intervening to protect the lives of fellow officers.  David Wingfield also received the Mabel Hempton award for his heroic actions when saving the life of a female inmate at Low Newton in very difficult and traumatic circumstances.  These awards are only a small token of appreciation from the Union.

Conference was again addressed by Bob Crow General Secretary of the RMT.  Bob again confirmed his view that prisons are not for profit and neither should public transport. 

Steven Cavalier Chief Executive of Thompson Solicitors addressed Annual Conference, following the adoption of Motion 12.

Frances O’Grady Deputy General Secretary of the TUC outlined the state of political affairs following the coalition government of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.  She also paid tribute to the outgoing General Secretary of the POA Brian Caton, congratulated Steve Gillan on his election to General Secretary and paid tribute to Don Wood for his commitment to the POA. 

Frances touched on the state of the economy and problems this will bring to the Country during her address.  Frances said that the TUC would support public services and oppose cuts.


Round up of day one of Annual Conference 2010: 

The address to Conference from the Lady Mayor of Portsmouth set the scene perfectly as outlined her knowledge of the problems POA face everyday in secure settings.

Colin Moses National Chairman of the POA opened Annual Conference with a considered address, touching on key issues, paying tribute to the work of Andy Gossage, Ron Adams and Roger Bennett, three Honorary Life Members who have passed away recently.

The Rt Hon Lord Bradley addressed Conference on his report which deals with the problems of managing prisoners with mental health and learning difficulties. All of his recommendations have been accepted and if implemented properly will make a difference to prison life.

Steve Gillan presented the Finance Report and Welfare Report to Conference his last as he takes up the role of General Secretary following Brian Caton’s retirement. If Steve does as good a job as General Secretary as he has as Finance Officer this union is in safe hands.

Steven Nathan address to conference on the issues of privatisation and prison reform was well received and I must urge people to read his speech. If he does not prove and justify that prisons are not for profit and that there is no place for privatisation in our prisons, I don’t know what will.