September 26th 2018 | University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre



Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish

Former First Minister

The Right Honourable Henry McLeish was a member of the Broadcasting Commission and was Chair of the Scottish Prisons Commission. During the last few years he has been visiting professor and lecturer at a number of universities in the US, teaching European Union studies and UK Government and Politics. He has advised the LEED programme of the OECD in Paris, the European foundation for the Improvement of Working and Living Conditions in Dublin and is a Fellow of Edinburgh University. 

After 30 years in elected office, Mr McLeish retired from public office in 2003 having been elected First Minister of Scotland in 2000, taking responsibility for Scotland’s emerging role on the European and World stage, leading official government missions internationally and implementing Scotland’s social and economic policies. He became a member of the Privy Council – an honour bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen - in the same year. As Minister for Devolution and Home Affairs at the Scottish Office from 1997 to 1999 he was instrumental in shaping Scotland’s first Parliament in almost 300 years.


Andrew Alexander

Head of Policy, Law Society of Scotland

Andrew Alexander is Head of Policy at the Law Society of Scotland. He joined the Law Society in 2010, and is responsible for legal policy work across thirty different practice areas and topics, including technology, courts reform and access to justice. With a degree in Jurisprudence from St. John’s College, Oxford, he is also a director of a pro bono charity.  


Andrew Allan

Superintendent Digital Evidence Sharing & Criminal Justice, Police Scotland

Andrew joined the Police in 1991 and has worked as an operational officer and leader in several Scottish Council areas.

He also has experience in the scrutiny, governance and delivery of policy and change in operational policing including work on Youth Justice with Audit Scotland and national thematic reviews of Police Use of Firearms and Serious Fraud with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Since 2014, he has worked in the Criminal Justice Services Division of Police Scotland, and has been an active participant in the Evidence and Procedure Review, Sheriff & Jury Reform and the Scottish Government Digital Evidence Sharing Capability.


Liz Aston

Associate Professor, Criminology, Edinburgh Napier University & SIPR

Liz is currently the Director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, and until recently was Head of Social Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University. She has a record of collaborative research, knowledge exchange, building research-practitioner relationships, and leadership in higher education. Liz was a work package leader on ‘Unity’, a €4.6 million Horizon 2020 EC funded project on Community Policing and using technology to enhance communication between the police and the public. She is interested in intersections between criminal justice and health and is currently involved in a European funded COST Action on ‘Police Stops’.


Robin Coakley

Business Development Director, Axon

Robin Joined Axon in 2016. Following a rugby career, he pursued a Business Communications Course through Harvard University Extension School and then progressed to a career selling Geointelligence software in to UK MOD.

His experience in cloud-based technology fits well with Axon’s approach to Digital Evidence Management and their domain-leading solution By managing Axon’s new business market, Robin addresses the benefits of merging legacy silos of data through Axon’s connected network of technology, and the time savings that UK Policing are seeing from it.

Willie Cowan

Deputy Director, Digital Justice, Scottish Government

Willie Cowan is Deputy Director, Criminal Justice, in the Scottish Government.

His policy role includes Criminal Justice Reform; Criminal Law and Practice; Violence against Woman and Girls; Justice Digital Strategy; Justice Systems Planning; Human Trafficking; Victims and Witnesses and Domestic Abuse.

Keith Dargie

Director of IT, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Keith joined COPFS as the Director of IT in 2013.  He has extensive experience in senior IT management and executive roles held in a number of government organisations.  He has leadership responsibility for delivering and developing wide ranging IT and digital services to COPFS staff located in offices throughout Scotland and to external customers and stakeholders. Keith has developed IT and digital strategies and delivered a range of profile business transformation, corporate and legislative initiatives over the course of his career. Keith’s current priorities include implementing COPFS’ digital strategy, which aims to further digitally transform the delivery of user focused services and improve the way the organisation works. Keith is a member of the senior programme delivery board responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Justice Digital Strategy. Keith previously worked in senior IT management positions at National Records of Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland.

Simon Daykin

Chief Technology Officer, Leidos UK's Civil, Defence and Health

Simon Daykin is Chief Technology Officer for Leidos UK's Civil, Defence and Health business units, providing strategic business technology leadership for UK customers.  Motivated by the benefits technology can bring, Simon is passionate about supporting digital transformations through strategy, design and delivery to solve some of the most challenging problems in today's world.

Before joining Leidos, Simon served as Chief Architect of NATS, leading the technical strategy and design phases of an air traffic control transformation programme. As CTO of Logicalis, Simon ran many major digital and service transformation programmes. These executive roles  built on his earlier career in architecture and integration in Financial Services ((Portman Building Society (now part of the Nationwide)) and in the Defence sector with Racal/Thales.

Outside of work his interest in technology doesn't stop. Simon continues to develop his 'Smart Home', exploring green technologies, and the 'internet of things'.  You can see more for yourself on the BBC News website.

See also: Why I want my home to watch me.  

Courtesy of Zoe Kleinman, Technology reporter, BBC News. 28 December 2016

Dr Hannah Graham

Senior Lecturer In Criminology, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research

Dr Hannah Graham is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) at the University of Stirling. Prior to 2015, she worked as a criminologist at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Hannah co-led the Scottish component of an EU-funded comparative research project on the uses of electronic monitoring technologies in criminal justice, working with experts from Belgium, England & Wales, Germany and the Netherlands. This comparative research project is recognised as the first of its kind in Europe. Also, Hannah has written three books, including a book on ‘Innovative Justice’ with Rob White, published internationally in 2015. 

David Hamilton

Police Inspector, Police Scotland and Vice-Chair, Scottish Police Federation

David is Vice Chair of the Scottish Police Federation representing the views of 18,000 rank and file police officers. His experience, education and interest in ICT coupled with a solid background in Operational Policing allows him to understand and translate user requirements and technical challenges to police customers and suppliers.  

Ian Kearns

Senior Associate Fellow, The Police Foundation

Digital Society Thought Leader. Former Deputy Director and Head, Digital Society Programme, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), London.

Martin Low

Acting Director of ICT, Police Scotland

Martin joined Police Scotland in January 2015 having previously worked in various senior ICT roles at both South Lanarkshire Council and Aberdeen City Council.

Martin is Head of ICT Service Delivery at Police Scotland with responsibility for ICT Strategy, Customer Engagement, Demand Management and ICT Project Delivery.

Martin has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of ICT roles including Project and Programme Management, ICT Account and Relationship Management and as a Head of ICT.

Dr Victoria Morton

Head of Scene Examination & Wellbeing Champion, SPA Forensic Services 

Dr Victoria Morton is Head of Scene Examination, SPA Forensic Services, responsible for the national delivery of scene examination, imaging and bespoke multimedia services to Criminal Justice Partners and the communities of Scotland. 

With over 20 years of experience in forensic science, 13 years at senior management / strategic level, her previous roles have included Forensic Scientist, Quality Co-ordinator and Interim Head of Operations Forensic Services Glasgow. 

Victoria has no formal ICT qualifications, but has lead the development and implementation of national ICT systems for Forensic Services in collaboration with Police Scotland colleagues. These have included a national case management system and image management system. Victoria also represents Forensic Services on the Scottish Government Digital Justice Group and Digital Evidence Sharing Capability Project.

Richard Perkins

Sales Director, NICE

Richard is the Sales Director responsible for Public Safety Sales throughout EMEA including India for NICE.

He has worked in the Public Safety and Security industries for over 20 years, with a focus on diverse solutions designed to improve public safety, security and operational efficiency. Recently he has led initiatives in the Digital Evidence Management space across EMEA and in securing key initial reference customers in this critical market for NICE.

Richard has HND’s in both technical (Electronic and Electrical Engineering) and management (Open Business School) disciplines.


Claire Taylor

IT Director, Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service

Claire Taylor has been an Information Systems specialist for over 20 years, with experience in a variety of sectors including retail, banking and justice.  She joined Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service as a member of staff in 2017, following 18 months as interim Director during which time she developed a strong connection with the organisation’s ethos & values and a deep interest in the work of the justice sector as a whole.

Dave Tonks

Superintendant, Police Scotland

Dave joined the Police Service 25 Years ago with an Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering from Dundee University. He considers himself very fortunate to have had an exceptionally varied career so far including leadership roles with Operational Policing, Specialist Operations and latterly leading major Business Change projects. Coming full circle and returning to the world of digital technology Dave is now the Business Lead for the delivery of the new Police Scotland Operational Information Management solution.