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The Advisory Committee


An international Advisory Committee comprising leading researchers and senior members of the policing and policy communities from the UK and Europe has been appointed to advise on the strategic direction of SIPR with respect to its key aims of conducting relevant research, making evidence-based contributions to policing policy and practice, and capacity building. The Advisory Committee will also help identify opportunities for SIPR to engage in research and knowledge transfer activity in partnership with others at both national and international levels.

Profiles of the members of the Advisory Committee are presented below.


INTERIM CHAIR: Hon. Professor Derek Penman QPM (University of Dundee)

Derek Penman joined Central Scotland Police as a cadet in 1982 rising to the rank of Chief Superintendent by 2007. In 2008 he became Assistant Chief Constable ( Crime and Specialist Operations) of Grampian Police. In 2011 he returned to Central as Deputy Chief Constable and was for a while Temporary Chief Constable before becoming Assistant Chief Constable (local policing, north) for the new Police Scotland. He was awarded the QPM and was HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland between January 2014 and March 2018. Following his retirment he runs a Consultancy company, Learntech. He was appointed to the University of Dundee as an Honorary Professor, and took over as Interim Chair of the Advisory Committee in February 2019.

Haavard M Reksten (Norwegian Police University College)

Haarvard Reksten Haavard M. Reksten is Head of the Department of Research at the Norwegian Police University College (PHS). A major focus for his Department is to contribute to making police work more knowledge-based and to develop police science as a discipline closely linked to all sides of police practice. The Department has extensive international cooperation.

Professor John Graham (Police Foundation, UK)

John Graham John Graham is Director of The Police Foundation, and is also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Crime and Social Change, University of Bedfordshire. John's previous posts include Associate Director of the Audit Commission and Deputy Director of Strategic Policy in the Home Office. He spent two years at the Social Exclusion Unit in the Cabinet Office and has been a Scientific Adviser to the Council of Europe since 1996. He has served on a number of Boards as a Non-Executive Director, including the Camelot Foundation and the Canadian Research Institute on Law and the Family, and currently the Criminal Justice Alliance. He is also the Chair of the Northern Ireland Review of Youth Justice.

Professor Martin Innes (Cardiff University)

Martin Innes Martin Innes was appointed Professor and Director, Universities Police Science Institute, at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences in March 2007. Prior to that he was Senior Lecturer in Sociology, at the University of Surrey for 2 years, and from 2003 to 2005 was Head of Research, National Reassurance Policing Programme. His research interests are organised around four themes: The Signal Crimes Perspective and Signal Events Theory; Reassurance and Neighbourhood Policing; Crime investigation and detection; Logics and practices of contemporary social control.

Professor Tim Newburn (London School of Economics)

Tim Newburn Tim Newburn, is Professor of Criminology and Social Policy and Director of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the London School of Economics. He is the author or editor of over 30 books, the most recent of which include the Handbook of Criminal Investigation (Willan, 2007); Policy Transfer and Criminal Justice (Open University Press, 2007) and Criminology (Willan Publishing, 2007). His expertise includes: Crime and criminal justice policy; the sociology and governance of policing and security; disadvantaged and disaffected young people; youth crime and youth justice; drugs and alcohol; criminal justice policy-making and policy transfer; hate crime; and evaluation research.

Dr Nick Bland (Scottish Government)

Picture to follow: Nick Bland Nick Bland is the former Head of the Strategy and Delivery Unit, Police Division, within the Scottish Government. He was on secondment to the University of Edinburgh as co-director of What Works Scotland, an ESRC/Scottish Government funded initiative to develop evidence and understanding about what works in public service reform until September 2017, before returning to Scottish Government. He was the case study lead working with Aberdeenshire CPP and the workstream lead for spread and sustainability which is examining the critical dimensions which influence how effective change and improvement initiatives can be 'spread' from one context to another, and can be 'scaled-up' as a contributor to system-level change.

Professor Nick Tilley (Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science)

Nick Tilley Nick Tilley is Professor at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at UCL. He has carried out considerable work in the UK, often commissioned by the Home Office, to develop problem-oriented policing (POP). The Home Office set up the 'Tilley Award' in 1999 to encourage and recognise excellence in crime reduction using problem oriented-principles. The Tilley Awards promotes best practice in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour by recognising initiatives that reduce crime over the long term, not just by making arrests, but by working with local agencies to tackle the root causes of the problems.

Rachel Tuffin OBE (College of Policing, UK)

Rachel Tuffin Rachel Tuffin is the Head of Research, Analysis and Information for the College of Policing. She was formally the Research Programme Manager for the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), and prior to joining the agency, Rachel oversaw policing research in the Home Office, where she had worked for nine years carrying out and publishing research on a wide range of issues including neighbourhood policing, racist incidents and police leadership. She was awarded the OBE in 2013.