In respect of POA Circular 004/2020 dated 16th January 2020 as per the “Cuffe” report the process concluded with a report from the Independent Panel.

As per the Rules and Constitution namely Rule 9.5 the National Executive Committee considered the recommendations of the report and have appointed Mr Phil Fairlie who will commence his position on 6th April 2020. I am sure the POA membership will wish Phil Fairlie best wishes in his new career with the POA.

I have been informed by the Chair of the Independent Panel Mr Cuffe that the calibre of both applicants was exceptionally high and of an extremely high standard. I would like to place on record my thanks to both applicants and if any individual wants feedback from the panel then they should contact Angela Sinclair at and this will be forwarded to the Chair of the panel.

Yours Sincerely

General Secretary


Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.