Assistants to the General Secretary

James Thomson

Assistant to the General Secretary (People & Equality)

James Thomson became the Assistant to the General Secretary (Equality) in February 2021.

He joined Tayside Police in 1996 and has spent time in a variety of roles spending most of his service within the CID environment, working in both reactive CID and the Public Protection Unit. James has also taken up roles as an AFO, worked within the Community and Partnerships arena as well as Response Sergeant in Perth, spent time working with the Police in Malawi and latterly the Anti-Corruption Unit.

He was elected as a Federation rep in 2014 and became the Deputy Secretary of the North Area Committee in June 2018.

Amanda Givan

Assistant to the General Secretary (Conduct)

Amanda Givan became Assistant to the General Secretary (Conduct) in August 2017.

She joined Fife Constabulary in 1992 where she worked predominantly within West Fife in a variety of roles in both uniform and divisional CID.  She has been a divisional SPF rep for Fife since 1999 and was elected Assistant Secretary in 2012 on Fife Joint Branch Board.  Following the restructuring of the SPF in April 2013, she took on the role of Deputy Secretary in the East Area Committee and led initially on Health and Safety matters before taking over in 2015 as the East Area Conduct Lead until being elected into her current post.

Gordon Forsyth

Assistant to the General Secretary (Health & Safety)

Gordon Forsyth became Assistant to the General Secretary (Health & Safety) in April 2020.

Gordon joined Grampian Police in 1997 and has served in both Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire. He undertook roles in CID and Offender Management as well as having been trained in Public Order duties and as an Authorised Firearms Officer. He was substantively promoted to Sergeant in 2009 after various spells in temporary positions. Gordon served as a response sergeant at various stations across Aberdeenshire before a very short stint back in Aberdeen prior to becoming a full-time official. Gordon was elected to the former Grampian Joint Branch Board as a sergeants rep shortly before the creation of Police Scotland and he continued in that role as part of the North Area Committee. He received training in Conduct and Equality matters. In 2017 he was elected as the Chair of the North Area Committee and later took over as the North area lead for Health & Safety.