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John is a visiting senior fellow at King’s College London Department of War Studies, associate fellow at RUSI, and freelance consultant to OECD and others, on emergency/disaster risk  and resilience.  From 2006 to 2012 he lead government work on national resilience building in the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat, which supports the Prime Minister and Cabinet on issues relating to civil emergency planning and resilience strategy.   During that time, John was programme director 

for the National Resilience Capabilities Programme,  a portfolio of over 20 government-wide projects or programmes designed to improve national resilience.  He also played a leading role in government contingency planning for some of the highest impact risks of disaster for the UK.   He played a significant part in designing and implementing a national infrastructure resilience programme.  But John was probably best known – nationally and internationally - for his work on country risk assessment.  He developed the UK’s National Risk Assessment to the point where, in 2009, this was acknowledged as best in class internationally by the OECD.  He pioneered work on risk communication in the first National Risk Register, a version of the National Risk Assessment designed for small businesses and communities, and also rated innovative best in class by the OECD.  His experience in these areas gave him a significant role in development of the first National Security Risk Assessment for the Government’s National Security Strategy in 2010, and its review during 2012.  He initiated, designed and delivered the first Safety and Security Strategic Risk Assessments for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games;  and was involved in developing the Climate Change Risk Assessment for the UK first published in 2012.   He was awarded the CBE for his work on civil resilience and the development of the National Risk Assessment in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.

Jo Byrne is Assistant Chief Constable (Protective Services) for South Yorkshire Police. She joined West Midlands Police in 1986 and has held a broad range of operational and management roles. Her early service as a detective included intelligence and force wide major crime investigation.

 In 2002 she led a programme to improve public contact and how West Midlands Police respond to calls for service. She used a then innovative approach to look at the forces demand from the callers’ perspective, using this knowledge to improve processes, service and performance and taking an HMIC grading from fair to excellent; informing national Call Handling Standards. In 2005 Jo produced and regularly revised a ‘Contact Counts’ strategy, driving force values and improving satisfaction.

In 2008, she led the successful implementation of Proportionate Crime Recording and Community Resolution as part of a national four force pilot; and a national pilot for Integrated and Diversionary Offender Management. 

Jo has continued to use ‘lean systems thinking’ methodology across a broad range of business areas including public protection, intelligence and demand management.  She has been involved in Priority Based Budgeting to support informed decision making during recent austerity and previously to promotion to ACC she was Head of Organisation and Service Delivery in West Midlands Police. She now leads Continuous Improvement for South Yorkshire Police.

She has responsibility for Protective Services, including Serious Crime, Intelligence, Uniform Operations and Firearms. Jo has a BA in Criminal Justice and Policing from the University of Central England and a Masters Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge. 

Lachlan is Professor of Computing Science (Strategic Development), Head of the Department of Smart Systems Technology, and Head of the Department of Creative Digital Technologies, in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich, U.K. He is also Visiting Professor of Information and Knowledge Engineering at the University of Abertay Dundee, U.K., and Visiting Professor of Games & Multimedia Technology at Buskerud University College, Kongsberg, Norway. Professor MacKinnon is Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC), and Board Member and Education Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing. He is Chair of the Executive Committee of the British National Conference on Databases, member of national committees on Cybersecurity and Secure Systems, and a member of the UK National Committee of the British Human Computer Interaction Group. His research interests in computer security are reflected in his membership of the CENTRIC Advisory Board.



Adam worked as a civil servant for 13 years, for both Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the Cabinet Office.  On leaving the Civil Service, he joined KPMG, where he conducted a review of the Traffic Police of England & Wales.  He then joined Racal, which became Thales, where he spent many years as a management consultant, as well as a year working in Paris.  From 2009 to 2011 Adam was seconded on behalf of UK Industry to the Home Office (Office for Security & Counter-Terrorism), and then to UK Trade & Investment (Defence & Security Organisation) where he led a business development initiative for the UK's capabilities in aviation security, taking the capabilities around the world.  In 2012 he joined CGI, where he provides security and business consultancy in space, defence, national security and cyber security.

Adam has been a visiting professor at the Aberdeen Business School (Robert Gordon University) since 2008.  He was a member of the European Security Research& Innovation Forum, and also a member of the European Commission’s Framework Programme 7 Security Advisory Group.  Adam is a frequent speaker on national security, resilience, counter-terrorism and aviation security, and the contribution that science & technology can make to these subjects and has made presentations on these subjects in four continents. He also has 18 years’ experience as a special constable (volunteer police officer), which explains the bottle scars!

Babak is Professor of Informatics and Director of CENTRIC at Sheffield Hallam University and Fellow of British Computer Society. He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Software Engineering, and later gained considerable commercial experience as a Strategy Analyst and Methodology Director for several companies. He consolidated this experience by obtaining a Masters degree (with distinction) in Information Systems in Management and a PhD in Information Systems. Babak has more than 100 referred publications in international journals and conferences on information systems with specific focus on knowledge management (KM). He is member of editorial boards of three international Journals, Chair and programme committee member of several international conferences. He has extensive and hands on experience in development, management and execution of KM projects and large international security initiatives (e.g. combating terrorism and organised crime, cyber security, public order and cross cultural ideology polarisation). He has co-edited two recent books on intelligence management – Intelligence Management: Knowledge Driven Frameworks for Combating Terrorism and Organised Crime, and Strategic Intelligence Management: National Security Imperatives and Information and Communications Technologies.
More: http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/c3ri/projects/babak-akhgar