The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has appointed former RBS and Standard Life exective David Page as Police Scotland’s first director of corporate services, strategy and change — the most senior civilian staff role ever created in Scottish policing.
The job has a salary of around £173,000 a year.
The new role was created to “deliver transformational change across Police Scotland and lead the corporate functions which support and enable policing services to the public.”
After starting his career in the British Army, Page had a career in chief operational and strategic change roles in the financial services sector including Standard Life and Royal Bank of Scotland.
SPA Chair Andrew Flanagan said: “I am delighted that we have secured David Page for this new and key role within the Chief Constable’s leadership team.
“He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of leading successful programmes of change in large organisations, and he has all the necessary leadership skills to adapt and transfer that track record of achievement into the organisation of policing.
“When I came into this role almost exactly a year ago, one of my top priorities was to take stock of the leadership of policing following the successful merger that created the single service, and refresh that to meet the wider challenges of changing demand and financial sustainability.
“That process began with the appointment of the Chief Constable, and working together we have now delivered new talent at Deputy Chief Constable, Assistant Chief Constable and Director level.
“That gives us a strong blend of continuity and fresh ideas to shape the direction policing for the future, and crucially also the attributes to implement that in ways that will take both the public and the police workforce with them.”
Chief Constable Phil Gormley said: “Since being appointed to this post, I have been clear that how we organise and deliver our corporate and policing activities in more efficient ways, are absolutely central to how we achieve flexibility and sustainability in the local and national services we deliver to the public.”