Members of the Police Treatment Centres management team have diverse backgrounds and their collective experience shapes the services delivered by the charity. The team takes a hands-on approach and in particular our clinicians have their own weekly caseload.
Patrick Cairns - Chief Executive
Patrick Cairns was commissioned into the Royal Military Police (RMP) in 1986. A career Army Officer he has served around the world in a variety of roles as a Commander, a Staff Officer and an Instructor, and served on operations in Northern Ireland, the Former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Highlights of his career include a 2 year tour as an Instructor in the American Military Police School in Alabama, 4 happy years in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, setting up and running the British Ambassador’s Close Protection Team in Baghdad in 2003, 2 years in an HR appointment in Glasgow which was a welcome respite from operations (although brought its own challenges!), and command of over 4000 Military Police Officers from 26 NATO countries in Afghanistan in 2011/12.
A passionate supporter of the Police Service, he has worked closely with a number of UK and International Police Services throughout his career both in the UK and overseas, and concluded his career as the Deputy Chief Officer of the RMP, where he was responsible for the oversight, direction and policy of all complex and serious crime and investigations within the military.
He is a trained Hostage Negotiator, Close Protection Officer, Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), Multi Agency GOLD Incident Commander (MAGIC) and Review Officer amongst a variety of other qualifications. He attended the Advanced Command and Staff College in the UK in 2008, and completed a similar course at the Royal Belgian Defence College in Brussels which he followed in French.
He is an Economics Graduate from the University of Warwick, has a Masters in Defence Studies from Kings College London, and a French Diploma from the University of Westminster.
Married to Carol he has 3 children and 2 terrier dogs. Subject to the health of his knees which are starting to creak a bit these days, he remains a keen runner and cyclist, and when he can get on a licensed firing range, still enjoys shooting.
He took up the appointment as the Chief Executive of the Police Treatment Centres in June 2014.
Andrew Malcolm - Executive Officer, Scotland
Andy was appointed as the Executive Officer, Police Treatment Centre Scotland in 2022. Andy was appointed following his retirement from the Police Service of Scotland. Andy had over 32 years service as a police officer having joined Central Scotland Police as a Cadet in 1990. Latterly, Andy was elected as the Chair of the East Area Committee of the Scottish Police Federation.
Andy is a keen golfer and supporter of police sport, he was a committee member of PSUK (Golf) and President of the Scottish Police Golf Association. Andy is extremely proud of the service and facilities provided at Castlebrae and by the Charity, he feels privileged to be part of the team.
Peter Moore - Chief Financial Officer
Peter joined the Charity in 2008 and brought with him eighteen years of experience of financial management within a local government setting. For the last five years Peter was the Finance Manager for the community services department within Harrogate Borough Council and was responsible for a gross budget of over £100 million.
Peter’s qualifications include Chartered Institute of Management Accounting and Association of Accounting Technicians as well as recognised management and personnel qualifications.
Fiona Warrington - HR Manager
Sarah Ward - Head of Clinical Services
Having begun working life in the hospitality industry, principally Front of House, Fiona moved across into service roles within the charitable sector in 1989. Having worked at both The Royal College of Psychiatrists and AQA (GCSEs & A levels) organising training events for both charities, an opportunity arose to move into Human Resources at AQA in 2006. During an organisational restructure at AQA in 2015, Fiona chose to explore new challenges after 21 years and went to Harrogate Spring Water in her first HR Manager role.
When the opportunity arose to join The Police Treatment Centres and return to the charitable sector earlier in 2022, Fiona was delighted to accept the HR Manager position and looks forward to building on the solid HR service provided by her predecessor at both Harrogate and Auchterarder.
Sarah qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2005, having previously completed a BSc (Hons) Sports Science. She initially worked in the NHS for several years before moving to work within the private setting and with a wide range of sports including at an elite level.
Sarah worked at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics with the British Women’s Bobsleigh team (“Team Minichiello”), who were the 2009 World Champions. Sarah joined the Physio team at St Andrews in 2009, as a team physiotherapist, and then became the Head Physiotherapist at St Andrews in 2015. Sarah then took the role of Head of Clinical Services in April 2023. Sarah is feeling privileged to be working with such a great team of Nurses, Physiotherapists, Fitness Teams, Counsellors and Complementary Therapists at the PTC.
She enjoys the challenge of helping officers with wide ranging clinical needs and facilitating them to achieve their goals and aspirations. Outside of work she can be found with her 2 young children and gorgeous Labrador going for a wonderful walk somewhere beautiful or trying her hand at yoga.
Adele Martin - Centre Manager, St Andrews
Adele has had the privilege to work with colleagues in upgrading the facilities at St Andrews over recent years, complementing the excellent clinical treatments available for patients and improving the working environment.
The aim of the Facilities team is to ensure that all patients and visitors are comfortable, feel safe and secure and most importantly they are able to relax in the unique environment of St Andrews.
Adele is proud of the Facilities team in achieving the balance and the high standards required which is reflected in patient and visitor feedback.
Adele has worked in some lovely building and grounds in the past, but St Andrews is special because of the people who benefit from the facilities and the commitment from colleagues.
When Adele is not at St Andrews, she is busy working on the family farm looking after the flock of mule sheep and herd of limousine suckler cows with her husband in the dales.
Alison Gac - Operations Manager and Deputy Centre Manager, Castlebrae
Alison has twenty five years experience in the Customer Service Industry. While studying for an HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management and later Management Training, Alison worked in London and Canada and went on to work in hotels in Washington, Paris and Geneva.
Homesickness prompted Alison to return to Scotland and she worked at the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel before joining the Police Treatment Centres in 2000. Customer Service is very important to Alison and she supports her team in developing their skills.
Helen Birks - Head Nurse, St Andrews
Helen is a registered nurse with over twenty five years experience. After training at Harrogate General Hospital, Helen worked at both Harrogate Hospital and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
Helen started working at St Andrews part time in 1991, before becoming a permanent member of the nursing team in 2003. Helen became Head Nurse in 2015.
Amy Williamson - Head Nurse, Castlebrae
Amy began her career at Perth Royal Infirmary before moving to Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, where she worked in various specialities including Medical, Renal and ENT. During this time she gained her Bachelor of Nursing.
Amy joined the nursing team as a part time nurse in 2012 and continued in that role until taking up the Head Nurse post in 2017.
Rachel Broadbent and Clare Gascoyne - Head Physios, St Andrews
Rachel qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2006 and worked at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS. She has experience working in private practice and has completed her post graduate MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Rachel joined the St Andrews physiotherapy team in 2015 and became Head Physio in 2023, a role she job shares with Clare Gascoyne.
She loves working at the PTC because it gives her the time to support each officer holistically, working together to achieve their desired goals. Rachel is a keen yogi, interiors enthusiast and loves being outside in nature.
Clare qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003 and went on to complete her MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy whilst working within the NHS at Bradford Teaching Hospitals. Alongside the NHS, Clare worked in private practice and ran her own Pilates, ante, and post-natal classes, before joining the PTC St Andrews physiotherapy team in 2016. Clare became the Deputy Head Physiotherapist in 2020 and the Head Physiotherapist in 2023, which she job shares with Rachel Broadbent.
Clare is passionate about working at the PTC and enjoys the rewarding nature of supporting police offers to achieve their goals. When not at work Clare is kept busy walking, biking and playing football with her two active boys.
Gian-Paolo Bassi - Head Physio, Castlebrae
Gian-Paolo qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2005, having previously completed a BSc (Hons) in Applied Sports Science. He initially worked in the NHS before moving to work with the Ministry of Defence in several locations around the UK and overseas, treating serving Soldiers, Sailors and Air crew with a variety of sports and battle injuries.
Gian-Paolo joined the Physio team in 2020 and took up the Head Physiotherapist role at Castlebrae in 2021. He enjoys the challenge of helping officers achieve their short-term goals during their stay and build towards their longer-term future goals.
Outside of work he can be found either running in the hills or out on his bike but always thinking about coffee and cake!
Elizabeth (Liz) Ehren - Head Chef, St Andrews
Liz comes with a wealth of knowledge in the catering sector, having worked at the National Policing Improvement Agency, Duchy Nuffield Hospital, Thistle Hill, and Lords Restaurant to name a few.
Chris Parry - Head Chef, Castlebrae
Chris joined the Charity in April 2005 and is now the Head Chef. Chris and his team enjoy the interaction they have with our patients and they get particular satisfaction from devising menus for those with special dietary needs and allergies. Chris has been instrumental in the production of the PTC Recipe books and healthy eating.
Zoe Myatt - Acting Head of Donor Recruitment and Charity Engagement (maternity cover)
Zoe has previously worked for other national charities and in The Patient Experience Team for an NHS Trust.
Zoe joined the PTC in 2017 as a Donor Engagement Officer and has enjoyed working as part of a committed team. Zoe was promoted to the role of Acting Head of DRCE in March 2023 to cover for Fran Greenwood. Zoe manages a team of five across both of our Centres. She enjoys seeing first hand the difference the Centres makes and being pivotal in ensuring Officers sign up and attend the Centres.