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.
Chief Superintendent Nikolas Adams
National Coordinator for Prevent, Counter Terrorism Policing HQ
Chief Superintendent Nik Adams is the National Coordinator for Prevent within Counter Terrorism Policing HQ.
Prior to taking up this role Nik spent two years as the Regional Co-ordinator for Prevent, Protect and Prepare within Counter Terrorism Policing in the North East of England.
Nik has been a police officer for 18 years and has dedicated much of his service to neighbourhood policing. He was the lead for neighbourhood and operational policing in Leeds City Centre and South Leeds before his move into Counter Terrorism policing. He was instrumental in introducing multi-agency neighbourhood hubs into his communities in Leeds to develop more integrated services.
“I believe we will be most effective when we have strong relationships that are underpinned by good communication, a shared understanding of threats and risks, and when we share knowledge, information, skills and resources to develop innovative solutions.”
Ed Butler CBE
DSO Chief Resilience Officer, Pool Reinsurance Company
Ed is Chief Resilience Officer at Pool Re, the Government backed terrorism reinsurance scheme as well a Senior Independent Advisor to the Board of EDF Energy Generation, the operating company for UK’s nuclear industry. He is also a Senior Advisor at S-RM, a Business Intelligence and Risk Consulting company. He has extensive experience spanning some 35 years of international relations, counter terrorism, intelligence, security and risk management much of which was gained during 24 years on front line service with the British Army. He was privileged to command 22 SAS over 9/11 and was Commander of British Forces Afghanistan in 2006, before retiring as a Brigadier General in 2008. He has an Honours degree in Politics and International Relations from Exeter University and an MA in Military Technology and Defence Studies from Cranfield University.