Canon David Wilbraham MBE
Police Chaplaincy UK
We are delighted to announce that the National Chaplain for PCUK has been recognised by Her Majesty in the New Year's Honours, the citation reads "Revd Canon David Wilbraham, for services to Policing".
Upon hearing that he was to receive the award David writes:
“Policing, in one guise or another, has been my vocation and passion for over 40 years. I am humbled and thrilled to receive this recognition and award. Thank you to all, whose lives, over the years, have helped shape who I am. To have been involved in the growth of Police Chaplaincy over the past 10/15 years has been very, very rewarding and to be part of its ongoing and significant contribution across UK Policing is tremendous."
David, a former Police motorcyclist, was ordained in 1988 and held parish ministries in the North West of England, was a Prison Chaplain at a Young Offenders Institute and was involved in a large scale Eastern European Aid project in Romania. In 1994 he moved to Surrey Police as their Welfare Manager specialising in the impact of Trauma on Police personnel.
In 2007 he was appointed as full time Force Chaplain with Thames Valley Police where he led a multifaith team of around 30 volunteer Chaplains. In 2009 he was elected to lead the National Association of Chaplains to the Police [NACP] as National Police Chaplain. He has led the Association through a time of huge change and growth with the number of chaplains now around 600 and earlier this year the association was relaunched as ‘Police Chaplaincy UK’. ‘Police Chaplaincy UK coordinates and resources the provision of multi-faith Police Chaplaincy.
In July 2018, having secured funding from Police & Crime Commissioners, David relinquished his role as Lead Chaplain at Thames Valley Police to concentrate on the role of National Police Chaplain providing a resource for Police Forces, individual Force Chaplaincies and all related organisations.
David is the Coordinator of National Police Memorial Day held each September and responsible for the organisation of this important annual event of national significance. Around 2000 people attend the event including families and colleagues of officers who have died on duty, senior Police officers and national politicians.
David is also a member of the National Police Chiefs Council ‘well-being’ group, is engaged with Police Charities UK; The Advisory Board of the Police Firearms Officers Association; the College of Policing Well Being Governance Board, and is a trustee of the Police Roll of Honour Trust. He is involved in bringing to fruition the proposed new UK Police Memorial to be sited at the National Memorial Arboretum.
His interests include sailing, motorcycling and politics as well as his dogs ‘Barney’ and ‘Badger’. He thinks a good prayer for anyone is ‘Dear Lord, help me to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am!
All at PCUK wish to pass on their congratulations to David on this well-deserved honour.