Rt Hon Henry McLeish
Former First Minister of Scotland
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.
Senior Policy Officer, Information Commissioner's Office
David joined the ICO in 2013 as a Senior Policy Officer in the ICO’s Scotland office. He leads on stakeholder engagement in Scotland with the business, culture, and justice sectors, as well as on the administrative functions of central and local government.
David engages with stakeholders across Scotland to increase awareness of data protection law, encouraging a privacy-by-design approach to both policy development and working practices. This work includes responding to specific enquiries from stakeholders, developing ICO responses to new legislation in Scotland, organising and delivering workshops and presentations, and representing the ICO in sector-based forums.
Head of ICT Service Delivery, 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.
UK & Ireland Country Manager, Axon Public Safety
Jeremy Habberley is the UK Country manager for Axon Public Safety, part of TASER international. He is responsible for driving sales of CED, Axon body worn cameras, public safety organisations across the UK.
Jeremy has over 15 years¹ experience selling technical solutions into the blue light market, having worked previously at Sepura PLC and Global RadioData Communications. He is passionate about providing innovative, leading edge solutions that allow the police to take advantage of the exponential growth in computing power available today.
Dr Hannah Graham
Lecturer in Criminology in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Stirling University
Dr Hannah Graham is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) at the University of Stirling. Hannah is the author of three books published internationally by Routledge: ‘Rehabilitation Work: Supporting Desistance and Recovery’ (Graham, 2016), ‘Innovative Justice’ (Graham & White, 2015), and ‘Working with Offenders: A Guide to Concepts and Practices’ (White & Graham, 2010). She is an Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Probation (SAGE), together with Professors Ioan Durnescu, Martine Herzog-Evans and Fergus McNeill. Hannah has been a member of an international research team that has recently conducted a large EU-funded comparative research project on the uses of electronic monitoring in EU Member States – the first study of its kind in Europe. From 2007-2014, Hannah worked in various academic research, teaching and project management roles at the University of Tasmania in Australia. Her current research interests focus on probation, electronic monitoring and community sentences; reducing the use of prison; desistance from crime (how and why people stop offending); and innovation and criminal justice.
Deputy Director, Criminal Justice, Scottish Government
Willie Cowan has been appointed as Deputy Director, Criminal Justice, in the Scottish Government. His policy role includes Criminal Justice Reform; Criminal Law and Practice; Justice Digital Strategy; Justice Systems Planning; Human Trafficking; Victims and Witnesses and Domestic Abuse. His previous roles include Deputy Director in Marine Scotland with both policy and delivery responsibilities; Deputy Chief Executive of the (then) Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (a specialist reporting agency to COPFS), and 5 years in a senior operational role in COPFS.
Member of the Law Society of Scotland's Technology Committee, and Director, Livingstone Brown, Practice Area Head, Criminal Litigation & Inquiries
Stuart Munro is a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Technology Committee, and has worked to develop the use of electronic evidence in the courts. He is Director at Livingstone Brown and Practice Area Head, Criminal Litigation & Inquiries.
Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham
Strategic Development, Police Scotland
ACC Malcolm Graham joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1995 and worked in a number of patrol and investigative roles in each rank both locally and nationally.
In January 2013 he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable Police Scotland for Major Crime and Public Protection. Whilst in this role, ACC Graham oversaw a number of projects including the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill and The Risk & Concern Project.
In August 2016 as part of the reshaping of the Scottish Police Service he was appointed ACC Strategic Change responsible for the 2026 project, ensuring this key area of business will have the dedication and leadership required to take Scottish policing into the next decade
Norman Dixon MBE
Senior Business Improvement Consultant, Motorola Solutions
Norman is a retired Police Officer who was trained in the Police to utilise ‘Systems Thinking’ methods to greatly improve Police business processes. This work culminated in Norman leading the team that in partnership with the software company Kelvin Connect Ltd created the world’s first digital Police notebook system ‘Pronto’. Norman retired from the Police 2008 and since then has worked with Police Forces in England and Wales and their Criminal Justice partners to deliver improved digital business process within the Criminal Justice System.
Pronto Programme Manager, Motorola Solutions
Douglas Mason joined the Pronto team in 2012 as a Senior Application Developer, back when the company was working with just 4 of the UK police forces. He quickly moved into the role of Business Analyst and Project Manager during a period of rapid expansion for the company, which resulted in Pronto being rolled out to 16 of the 43 UK police forces.
Douglas has recently moved into the role of Programme Manager, and is now responsible for the delivery of Pronto solution to 7 of the police forces that Motorola currently has contracts with.
Public Sector Account Manager, Egress Software Technologies
An experienced member of the Egress Team, Caroline Howard uses her considerable information security expertise to help public sector and justice organisations to achieve key business aims, including going paperless, securely adopting cloud services and digital file sharing. Working alongside key technical and strategic personnel at Egress, Howard plays an integral part in the delivery of an innovative encryption software platform to protect personally and commercially sensitive data, while helping organisations achieve financial and efficiency benefits.
Dominic Deacon is a seasoned cloud/digital services professional having been in the industry since 2001. Dominic has worked for a number of organisations including, Microsoft, VMware, Canon Europe and start-ups Vicinity Corp and Multimap. During this time Dominic has worked extensively with many organisation types from Multinational to SME to Public Sector. The projects he has been involved in encompass; Infrastructure transformation through Hybrid IT, modernising enterprise applications with public cloud, Big Data and Analytics. In Dominic’s current role at Centurylink he supports a variety of customer engagements across EMEA from IoT PaaS connected device platforms, Big Data projects driving deep customer insight and infrastructure/application modernisation.
Head of Criminal Justice in Durham Constabulary
Sheena Urwin is the Head of Criminal Justice in Durham Constabulary. The role includes all matters pertaining to the presentation of criminal cases to the Crown Prosecution Service ranging from serious and organised crime, volume crime through to road traffic matters; the resulting Criminal Procedures and Investigation Act disclosure compliance; and the witness care aspects of prosecution cases. She is currently the staff officer to the National Police Chief Council Case Quality portfolio.
Sheena has worked in policing for 30 years, across three different police organisations during that time –Northumbria Police, the Metropolitan Police Service and currently Durham Constabulary. Sheena’s roles have included working within criminal justice arena and Professional Standards reactive complaints investigation.
Statistician, Justice Data Lab – Ministry of Justice
Danielle is a statistician in the Justice Data Lab (JDL) team at the Ministry of Justice, responsible for providing impact evaluations for organisations in the voluntary, private and public sectors that are working to reduce reoffending in England and Wales.
Danielle is also working with the Government Digital Service on a data science project, aiming to bring together all existing evidence produced by the Justice Data Lab into one consolidated evidence based. This Reducing Reoffending Toolkit will help to inform decision making by practitioners in the reducing reoffending arena based on quantitative evidence.
Prior to joining the Ministry of Justice, Danielle spent three years in a number of analytical posts at the Ministry of Defence, following the completion of her degree in Psychology from University College London.
Statistician, Justice Data Lab – Ministry of Justice
Rosanna is a statistician in the Justice Data Lab (JDL) team at the Ministry of Justice, having previously worked in Special Educational Needs statistics at the Department for Education. The JDL provides impact evaluations for organisations in the voluntary, private and public sectors that are working to reduce reoffending in England and Wales.
Rosanna is also responsible for developing data presentation methods within the team, working with stakeholders to increase the range of outcomes delivered by the data lab and contributing to the continuous development of the service.
Prior to joining the UK Civil Service in 2015, Rosanna held various roles within the public and voluntary sector including working as an Assistant Psychologist in adult mental health services and managing a project supporting parents of children with learning disabilities.
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.