Prof Mick Creedon QPM has over 37 years of experience in policing and security, spending the last 16 years working at executive level as a Chief Officer in two East Midlands forces and nationally representing the police service in England and Wales as the first national policing coordinator for serious and organised crime. He has a career profile as an Operational Detective at all ranks and has investigated numerous homicides, all types of serious and organised crime and cases of serious police corruption – additionally he has advised many forces and national agencies on their own serious investigations.
Through his experience as an experienced investigator he has carried out many external reviews and investigations in working with several other forces, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, HM Revenue and Customs, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the National Crime Agency, and several government departments.
Brian McNeill QPM is the Head of the Continuous Professional Development Department at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. He retired from Merseyside Police in 2011 after 30 years of service. His last position with the force was Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime, prior to which he was Head of Intelligence, Special Branch and Scientific Support.
Since retirement he has been a Staff Officer to the National Policing Crime Business Area and more recently a member of the National Police Chiefs Council National Coordination Team for all police forces in relation to the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing. Brian has been commended on 22 occasions and was awarded the Queens Police Medal in 2011.
Dr Ian Stanier, Senior Lecturer at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, was the UK’s HUMINT lead for counter-terrorism policing, and an advisor to HM Government's Home Office on the review of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the primary legal provision for covert policing in the UK. He has been responsible for the development of specialist intelligence in numerous operational arenas including serious crime, prisons, local communities, public order events, domestic extremism and counter-terrorism.
He has reviewed and developed policy on the National Intelligence Model, National Informant practice and Prison Intelligence Officer practice. He has led on prison debriefing programs, the enhancement of counter-terrorism tactics, and informant training nationally and internationally, most recently delivering workshops to Middle Eastern, Eastern European and African counter-terrorism and corrections leaders in Malta (July 2017). His Doctorate examined information-sharing pathologies and intelligence failures between 2004 and 2013.
Dr Tim Parsons served as a Chief Inspector in the City of London Police. For the last six years of his police career he worked as Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, and on leaving the police after 30 years he joined academia as a Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminology at the John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety, London Metropolitan University. He is the author of several publications exploring the role of community policing in counter-terrorism operations. Over the last three years he has been developing and delivering education programmes and providing police reform advice in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Georgia and Armenia.
Sir Jon Murphy QPM joined Merseyside Police as a Cadet in January 1975. Following early uniform roles he went on to an almost 20 year unbroken career as a detective, rising to the rank of Detective Superintendent SIO before returning to uniform duties as Force Operations Manager.
After spending three years with the National Crime Squad he returned to Merseyside Police in 2004 as Deputy Chief Constable, subsequently being chosen to lead the Ministerial Task Force Tackling Gangs Action Programme (TGAP) and acting as the ACPO National Serious & Organised Crime Coordinator. He was appointed Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in 2010. Sir Jon has been commended on 14 occasions and was awarded a Queen's Police Medal in 2007 as well as a Knighthood in 2014 as part of Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours.
He is a former SIO and Head of Intelligence who has performed the role of Gold Command during a counter terrorist operation. He is retained as a policing advisor to Government and in 2017, following a 'lone-wolf' terrorist attack on Parliament tragically resulting in the death of a police officer, he conducted a review of security at the Palace of Westminster.
Peter Williams is currently a Lecturer in Policing at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. Prior to working in higher education full-time, he served as a Police Officer with Merseyside Police, retiring as an Inspector in 2005. He then became a Senior Lecturer in Policing at Teesside University and during that time delivered policing programmes to West Mercia Police, the Royal Military and RAF Police, and the Rwandan National Police. He has written on policing, criminal justice and terrorism, and is a regular contributor to global media on the subjects of policing and terrorism.
Dr Paul Burke is an intelligence and counter-terrorism professional with 30 years of strategic experience in managing the intelligence and security domain primarily within UK government. Holding a Doctorate in Policing, Security & Community Safety and an MA in Intelligence Studies, he previously worked as UK National Intelligence Advisor on counter-terrorism within Iraq’s Ministry of Interior in Baghdad (2004-06), and as UK National Intelligence Mentor on Counter-Narcotics in Kabul (2007–2009). He is currently the Senior Researcher on the Terrorism and Collective Moral Responsibility project.
Dr Daniel Silverstone is the Director of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. Previously he was Head of the John Grieve Centre and Criminology at London Metropolitan University, and before this he was a Principal Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. He has conducted research for multiple funding bodies including the Foreign Commonwealth office and the Home Office. His specific interest is in the incidence and policing of organised crime, where he has published extensively.
Dr Helen Selby-Fell held the role of Head of Corporate Analysis at Merseyside Police for over ten years, and most recently held the role of Director of Commissioning & Research at the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Merseyside prior to joining Liverpool John Moores University as a Senior Lecturer in 2017.
Helen was recently awarded her PhD from the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield, with her doctoral research Embedding Evidence Based Practice: A Case Study Exploring Challenges & Opportunities. Helen is Programme and Module Leader for Evidence-Based Practice and Advanced Research Methods. Helen also has an MSc in Investigative Psychology from the University of Liverpool, and teaches Policing and Forensic Psychology, Multi-Agency Partnerships and various postgraduate courses.
Dr Nick Ridley was a Criminal Intelligence Analyst at the Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Branch, and then at Europol. At Europol, he was attached to the Anti-Terrorist Unit where he was engaged in operational analysis on the financing of terrorism. He was seconded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nick holds two PhDs; one from Southampton and another from London Metropolitan University. He is the author of three books covering terrorist finance (2012), terrorism in East and West Africa (2014) and most recently, Michael Collins and the Financing of Violent Political Struggle (2018).
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