West Area Committee

Gary Mitchell

Secretary, West Area Committee

Gary became the Secretary of the West Area Committee of the Scottish Police Federation in March 2018 having previously held the post of Vice Chair with the portfolio for Conduct since March 2015.

He joined Strathclyde Police in May 1991 stationed in X Division (Inverclyde) and thereafter K Division, and has worked in response and community policing, crime teams, Divisional and force training. He had completed the Diploma in Police Service Leadership and Management, and carried out a temporary sergeant post.

Elected as a Constables representative in October 2005 for K Division, Gary has been active on committees and work streams on both a federation and force level, including Operational Duties, Conduct, Health and Safety, PPE, Public Order and CBRN.

As Secretary Gary has a broad range of responsibility on area and national matters and currently is a member of the Joint Central Committee, the Operational Duties Standing Committee and the Legislation & Regulation Standing Committee of the SPF.


Paul Connelly

Chair, West Area Committee

Paul became the Chair of the West Area Committee of the Scottish Police Federation in February 2018.

Paul joined Strathclyde Police in 1994 and was posted to Craigie St Police Office in the South Side of Glasgow. He worked in a number of uniform and plainclothes roles before being appointed as a Detective Constable to the CID based at Gorbals.

Paul went on to serve in the Serious Crime Squad, Renfrewshire CID, MIT and was promoted to Detective Sergeant. He has experience of planning for major Events having been seconded to the planning teams for the London 2012 Olympics and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In 2013 Paul transferred back to territorial policing and served as Response Policing Sergeant in Greater Glasgow. He became a Sergeant’s rep in 2014 and was then elected as Deputy Secretary (Health and Safety) in 2016. During his service Paul studied part-time for a LLB graduating from Strathclyde University in 2014, as part of his studies he took classes in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Delict (Scots Law relating to damages).


Lorna Cunningham

Depute Secretary, West Area Committee

Lorna became Deputy Secretary of the West Area Committee of the Scottish Police Federation in February 2018.

She joined Strathclyde Police in 2002 and was posted to C Division, Saracen. She has served in various areas in operational, specialist and support roles, working in Response in C Division, Community Policing in Glasgow City Centre, Airwave Project and Storm Projects in Headquarters, and in Traffic covering Glasgow and the West.

She was elected as a constable’s representative for Roads Policing in 2015 where she was secretary of the Conduct Committee as well as Deputy Secretary of the Constables Committee before being elected to her current post in December 2018 where she has the Conduct portfolio.


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Ian Florence

Depute Secretary, West Area Committee

Ian became the Deputy Secretary of the West Area Committee of the Scottish Police Federation in September 2018.

He joined Strathclyde Police in 1994 and has served in the east end of Glasgow.  He served in a Divisional control room for 3 years before returning to a response team in Glasgow.  Since 2016 he served in CP/PST teams in Glasgow.

Ian was elected as a local Constables Federation representative in 2015 and was elected as the Secretary for the West Area Constables Committee.  He is trained in Equality and Health & Safety.  He currently has the portfolio for Health & Safety.


Jenny Shanks

Vice Chair, West Area Committee

Jenny became the Vice Chair of the West Area Committee of the Scottish Police Federation in May 2018.

She joined Strathclyde Police in 1991 and has served in various areas in operational and specialist roles, within Response Policing, Training, Divisional CID and the Public Protection Unit.

Jenny was elected as a local Inspector’s Federation representative in 2014 and is currently a member of the Joint Central Committee, the Equality Committee, and is trained in Equality, Conduct, and Health and Safety.