Sir Paul Stephenson (former Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service)
After almost 36 years as a police officer, Sir Paul retired from the service in July 2011, having held senior command positions in Merseyside, Lancashire and London. During his tenure as Chief Constable of Lancashire he was the national Chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers Crime Committee. His time in Lancashire saw the organisation being rated as one of the leading forces in England and Wales and during his period as Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) he presided over real falls in key crimes whilst effecting significant service cost reductions.
As one of the most experienced police leaders in the country and senior UK police officer as the Commissioner of the MPS, he has advised UK governments on issues ranging from counter terrorism to serious organised crime and national police improvements. Sir Paul has served as Trustee for a number of charities, including currently Crimestoppers UK. He now divides his time between a small number of consultancy and executive directorship roles, along with country sports and family pursuits.
Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability
Sarah Newton was appointed as Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Home Office in July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth in May 2010. Sarah was educated at Falmouth Comprehensive School before reading history at Kings College London. Sarah served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016. Sarah was previously a councilor on Merton Council. Sarah was previously a marketing officer for IBIS, Citibank and American Express. After working for American Express for 4 years she became Director of Age Concern England. Sarah is also Founder and Initial Director of the International Longevity Centre. Sarah has a wide ranging Ministerial portfolio including responsibility for child abuse and child sexual exploitation, violence against women and girls, domestic violence, mental health, modern slavery, missing people, drugs, alcohol, gangs, youth crime and violence and knife crime.
Tom Hurd, Director General, Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office
After five years in the City with Credit Suisse First Boston, Tom joined the Foreign Office and has been on postings to Warsaw, Amman, Jerusalem and New York as well as holding a number of positions in London. As an Arabist, Tom’s career within the Foreign Office focused on issues involving the Middle East, specialising predominantly on national security. Until his appointment as DG OSCT, where he is the senior government official responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of HMG’s approach to Counter-Terrorism and Serious Organised Crime, he was a Director in the Foreign Office for the Middle East and Africa. Prior to this, he was Chief of Assessments Staff in the Cabinet Office, which included responsibility for coordinating the UK intelligence analytical community both on foreign and domestic security issues, providing the daily intelligence update to the Prime Minister and being a full member of the Joint Intelligence Committee.
Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, Crown Prosecution Service
Sue joined the CPS in 1988 and worked in Cambridgeshire before joining the CPS Casework Directorate in 2000. In September 2002 Sue took over responsibility for prosecuting terrorism, international crimes and official secrets. She was made the Head of the new Counter Terrorism Division when it was created in 2005 and was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list the same year.
For 15 years, Sue has worked closely with the police, intelligence services and others to develop policy and guidance and to build strong cases enabling the CPS to bring terrorists to justice across a range of developing threats.
Sue took over the expanded Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division in April 2011 widening her responsibility to include other complex and high profile casework such as deaths in custody, police corruption, corporate manslaughter, Supreme Court appeals and the Hillsborough investigations.
Matthew Horne, Deputy Director General (Operations)
Matthew is currently Deputy Director General (Operations) for the National Crime Agency.
Matthew has over 25 years of policing experience in a wide variety of operational and executive leadership posts. In his last role, he was Deputy Chief Constable at Essex Police where he led on force operations, performance and strategic change. Prior to this, Matthew was Assistant Chief Constable for the Kent Police & Essex Police Serious Crime Directorate where he was the Chief Officer lead for Level 2 serious and organised crime, intelligence and covert policing.
Matthew’s previous roles were in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) where he held a number of posts up to Detective Chief Superintendent rank as Borough Commander for the London Borough of Hackney. He was the MPS lead for the Leveson Public Inquiry into Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press and the Detective Chief Superintendent Specialist Crime lead for major events. He was a Command Team member for the royal wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 and a Senior Investigating Officer for homicide and serious crime.
Matthew has PG qualifications in Applied Criminology & Police Leadership and Homicide & Critical Incident Management. He is a Fulbright Police Fellow and holds an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science. He has a passion for rugby union and is a keen referee, supporter and coach.
Brian Donald, Chief of Staff, Europol
Brian joined Grampian Police in Scotland in May 1978 reaching the rank of Detective Superintendent. He subsequently served as a Senior Manager in the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
The bulk of his early police career was on drugs investigation, surveillance and major crime/incident investigation.
In 1999 he was seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service as Head of International Policy. Over the next 7 years he worked in the EU justice and home affairs arena and has represented the UK at a wide range of working groups and meetings.
He transferred from the police into SOCA on 1 April 2006 where he headed the International Strategy and Partnerships Department responsible for Europe, the EU, Turkey and the Balkans.
On 1 August 2007, Brian was appointed Head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol.
On the 1 June 2010, Brian took on his current role at Europol as the Head of the Office of the Director. In this role he has a specific responsibility for promoting cross-departmental coordination and is therefore active across all areas of the business. With a particular focus on addressing issues that are either recurrent or exceptional, he has a broad experience in executive decision making, structured advice and project management.
Jon Williams, Senior Sales Engineer, MarkLogic
Jon Williams is a Senior Sales Engineer and has been with MarkLogic for just over 2 years. His focus has been on the UK Media and Entertainment industry, assisting customers and prospects in understanding how MarkLogic can transform their business and keep pace with innovation and change. Prior to joining MarkLogic, Jon worked in the application performance management and intelligent transport system industries.
Jon holds an Honour's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham and is a professional member of the British Computer Society.
Nick Pickles, Head of Public Policy and Government, UK and Israel, Twitter
Nick Pickles is the Head of Public Policy and Government for the UK and Israel at Twitter. Previously, he was the director of civil liberties and privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch. A law graduate from the University of Durham, he served as President of Durham Students' Union and stood as a candidate in the 2010 General Election. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an internationally published music photographer and a trustee of Orchestras for All.
Mike Stepney, Director National Operations, UK Border Force
Mike Stepney joined the Royal Air Force in September 1990 on a University Cadetship, completing his degree in History and Politics from Keele University in 1993 and graduating from RAF Cranwell as a Flying officer in 1994. Mike went on to serve in a combination of operational and staff roles, with tours of the Falkland Islands, Iraq, Gibraltar and Afghanistan. He became a member of the ‘Executive Stream’ and completed his master’s degree at the United Kingdom Defence Academy, before becoming the planning lead for Afghanistan and Middle East air operations. After leaving the military with the rank of Wing Commander, he was appointed as Chief Executive to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, with responsibility for delivering effective policing, community safety and criminal-justice outcomes across the South East of England. In 2015 Mike was appointed as the Border Force Director of National Operations and has responsibility for co-ordinating the delivery of effective border security across the United Kingdom.
Imran Razzaq, UK Public Sector Sales Director, MarkLogic
Imran is the Public Sector Sales Director for UK, Ireland and EU at MarkLogic. Imran has considerable experience of working with Enterprise Public Sector organisations. Imran is passionate about technology and the impact it can make in improving the workings of government and the lives of its citizens. Prior to joining MarkLogic Imran worked at Microsoft for 11 years where he worked in a number of roles from Cloud Services to Consumer entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to Microsoft Imran worked at Accenture and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Imran read Economics at Manchester University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an MBA from London Business School.
Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police and National Lead for Counter Terrorism
Mark Rowley is the Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations (ACSO) in the Metropolitan Police Service and the senior officer in charge of Counter Terrorism (CT) policing in the UK; a position he has held since June 2014. During this period Mark has led the policing response to an unprecedented surge of threat from terrorism. Strengthening police capability, increasing join-up with community policing, closer working with intelligence partners and an increase in preventative interventions to counter radicalisation have led to a 42% increase in terrorism related arrests and 20 attack plots prevented during this period. Prevent work is currently helping turn 850 people away from extremism each year. The tragic events of 2017 have seen a testing of the strengthened command, firearms and response arrangements that Mark has overseen.
As ACSO he represents CT Policing in its engagement with Government on operational and policy issues associated with tackling terrorism, espionage and proliferation. This portfolio also includes responsibility for the investigation of war crimes, Official Secrets Act offences and the protection of VIPs, Royals, Embassies and Parliament.
Mark joined the Metropolitan Police Service as an Assistant Commissioner in December 2011, immediately after the London riots. He led the response to these events and this resulted in a transformation in the approaches to policing gangs and public order. He oversaw the leadership and direction of specialist areas including major and specialist crime, protecting vulnerable people, combating gangs, fraud and organised crime. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Police, Mark was Chief Constable of Surrey for four years and began his policing career in 1987 in West Midlands Police, having graduated from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He has built a wide policing expertise progressing through a broad uniformed and detective career. In 2011, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.
The Rt.Hon.Lord Justice Fulford, The Investigatory Powers Commissioner
Sir Adrian Fulford was made a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1995, and was re-appointed in 2001 before becoming a judge of the High Court on 21 November 2002. He was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and subsequently presided over a number of high-profile cases. Between 2003 and 2012 he also served as a judge of the International Criminal Court’s Trial Division. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal on 10 May 2013, and became the Deputy Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales on 1 January 2015. He then served as Senior Presiding Judge from 1 January 2016 until 31 March 2017.
On 27 February 2017, Sir Adrian was appointed to the role of Investigatory Powers Commissioner to provide judicial oversight of the use of investigatory powers by public authorities.
Alan Jones, Crisis and Business Continuity Management specialist, PwC
Alan is a Crisis and Business Continuity Management specialist for PwC, where he supports clients across both the public and private sector with a range of services, including crisis response; crisis capability building; crisis readiness; major programme management; corporate resilience; emergency operations; command and control; and business continuity.
From the design, delivery and management of industry-leading solutions; to testing and assurance of existing programmes, Alan draws 15 years’ experience and practice across government and the emergency services of operations in practice. Leading the response to incidents including major maritime, floods and severe weather events, repatriation of British Nationals from crisis abroad, and a variety of business continuity disruptions, has given him experience that allow him to guide organisations to achieve an effective response and recovery from adverse events, and create realistic, immersive exercises for crisis management and leadership teams.