Committee Members

Henry Harper - LPHS Treasurer
George Barnsley
George joined Strathclyde Police as a cadet in 1978 and commenced his service as a uniformed constable in Lanarkshire  before moving into the CID. He has worked in ‘A’, ‘C’ and ‘G’ Divisions in Glasgow, Force Headquarters and The Scottish Police College. Throughout his career he developed extensive criminal investigation experience in volume, complex and serious crime and has been the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) in a number of high profile investigations, including four Terrorist investigations. George completed his career as a Superintendent leading the National Disclosure Implementation Team when he retired in 2010.

He is now the Director of a Training & Consultancy business.




Catherine Barnsley
Catherine joined Strathclyde Police in 1987 and commenced her service in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. She completed uniform and plain clothes duties prior to being appointed to the Female and Child Unit where she investigated child abuse and sexually motivated crimes. She later transferred to the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency where she was involved in a number of high profile investigations. At the end of her secondment she returned to North Lanarkshire where she was involve in the establishment of the Sex Offenders Unit for the area. She left Strathclyde Police in 2000 to concentrate on raising her family.





Henry Harper - LPHS Treasurer
Henry Harper
Henry is 57 years of age, married and lives with his wife in Airdrie. He has two daughters and enjoys five-a-side football and photography. Henry is a retired Detective Superintendent who completed 34 years of operational service with Strathclyde Police. He began his service in 1976 within ‘P’ Division (Motherwell, North Lanarkshire) and was later instrumental in developing and advancing force procedures and policy for tackling the misuse of drugs within the force area. He retired in 2007. In addition to his role within the LPHS, Henry is also the secretary and treasurer of the Lanarkshire branch of the RPOAS.


Joe McIvor
Vice President

Joe McIvor was born in 1939 in the Dennistoun district of Glasgow. He left school at the age of 15 to join the Merchant Navy where he served as a galley boy aboard ships bound for the West Coast of South America.

In 1958 Joe enlisted in the Royal Air Force, serving as a Leading Aircraftman / Wireless Operator in Derry, Northern Ireland; Masirah Island, Oman; and the RAF Mountain Rescue Team at Saint Athan, South Wales. A fully trained RAF mountaineer, he lead climbs on some of the most difficult and inhospitable mountains in Wales.

Joe joined Lanarkshire Constabulary in 1965 and was assigned the numerals LC 292. His first posting was Rutherglen. Joe was a keen sportsman who represented his county Force at both football and cricket. Whilst at the Scottish Police College Joe won many of the physical fitness prizes. Joe spent the next five years at Shotts where he learned a great deal about police work, and gained much encouragement, from his senior officers. In 1970 Joe was posted to East Kilbride where he was a Beat Officer and five years later, Lanarkshire Constabulary became part of the new Regional force known as Strathclyde Police. Whilst stationed there he studied at Bell College (1975-1978) and gained a Scottish National Certificate in Public Administration, Higher National Certificate in Police Studies (Scotland) and Northern Ireland, gaining distinction in ‘Social Services in Scotland’.

In 1980 Joe became Bar Officer at East Kilbride, a post he enjoyed until 1983 when he was appointed as Community Constable for Busby, Thorntonhall and Jackton. A new chapter in Joe’s career had begun and in the years that followed he became heavily involved in work with the local community. In September 1990, Constable McIvor was chosen to carry the Colours of Lanarkshire Constabulary through The Royal Burgh of Lanark, for the last time, to St Nicholas Parish Church.

In 1992 Joe awarded the British Empire Medal, which was awarded in the New Year’s Honours List of 1993 for exceptional service to the community. On 28 September 1993 Joe received his medal, presented to him by Lord Lieutenant Hutchison B. Sneddon CBE JP. Joe was the last person to be presented with this award, until it was resurrected 20 years later in 2013. Chief Constable Leslie Sharpe attended the award ceremony.

Joe retired on 27 September 1995 after 30 years’ service, at the rank of Constable, but still immensely proud to have had the honour to serve the community as a police officer.


James Manson
Committee Member

Jim started 1964 as a First Aid and Welfare Officer in the Caithness Civil Defence Corps. In 1968 he transferred his service to Lanarkshire Constabulary and between 1969 and 1971 he was stationed in the small village of Glenboig in the North of Lanarkshire.

In 1972 he was an Instructor at Crombie Hall, set in the middle of Old Aberdeen, which facilitated a residential course for Police Cadets throughout Scotland. Between 1972 and 1975 he worked in the Community Involvement Branch of Lanarkshire Constabulary and on amalgamation with other forces to form Strathclyde Police in May 1975 he continued to work in this department until 1978.

In 1978 he transferred to ‘Q’ Division where he worked on patrol duties in East Kilbride. In 1982 Jim transferred to ‘P’ Division serving in Wishaw, Bellshill and Viewpark. He transferred to ‘A’ Division in the City Centre of Glasgow in 1989 and served there until his retirement from the Police in 1991.

Jim was a leading member and instructor of both Lanarkshire Constabulary First Aid Section and the Strathclyde Police First Aid Section. He was also Secretary of the First Aid section between 1971 and 1990. During that time Jim and his team one numerous local and national events.

He has received the Police Long Service Medal and the Voluntary Services Medal from St Andrews Ambulance Association. Jim maintains his association with the police as a committee member of the Lanarkshire Branch of the Retired Police Officers Association of Scotland.
Henry Harper - LPHS Treasurer
Peter Chalmers

Peter joined Coatbridge Burgh Police on the 5th of October 1964 as Constable No 63. In 1967, Coatbridge Burgh police amalgamated with Airdrie Burgh Police, Motherwell & Wishaw Burgh Police and Hamilton Burgh Police to form part of the larger Lanarkshire Constabulary, the largest County Police Force in Scotland. Peter remained at Coatbridge following the amalgamation. In 1975 Lanarkshire Constabulary was amalgamated with a number of other forces to form Strathclyde Police. Coatbridge became the Divisional Headquarters of ‘N’ Division which consisted of Coatbridge & Airdrie.

In 1976 Peter was appointed Bar Officer at Coatbridge and in 1978 was appointed Crime Intelligence Officer for ‘N’ Division, once again based at Coatbridge. In January 1981 Peter was promoted Uniform Sergeant to Newarthill Police Station which was part of ‘P’ Division with Divisional Headquarters based in Motherwell. Peter remained on Operational duties until 1986 when he became Duty Officer at Bellshill Police Station and in 1990 was appointed Duty Officer at ‘P’ Division Headquarters in Motherwell. In 1991 Peter was transferred to the Scottish Criminal Records Office (SCRO) in Strathclyde Police Headquarters, Pitt Street, Glasgow where he remained until his retirement from the Police in 1993.

Peter, not being one to really retire, until recently served as the Secretary to the Lanarkshire Branch of the Retired Police Officers Association of Scotland maintaining his links with the service and his fellow retired colleagues. He is now the first President of the Lanarkshire Police Historical Society.