Some staff and stakeholders may remember that I was here around 2 years ago on secondment from the Home Office working in the area of defence and security.
Key areas of experience for me are forensics, both operational and at a national level, and delivering work that met the Home Office key objectives (preventing terrorism, cutting crime, controlling immigration and promoting UK growth).
I worked as a capability advisor with Home Office CAST in the areas of crime prevention and community safety, working with policy units and senior stakeholders to identify where science and technology could provide solutions to challenges. Work I led on included support to the Psychoactive Substances Act, type approval for speed cameras and motorway Red X detection technologies, offender tagging programmes, Live time forensics and the National CSI learning programme (to name a few). My stakeholders included various different policy units within the Home Office, including Ministerial and Permanent Secretary engagement, the Department of Transport, Dstl, National Police Chiefs Council, CPNI, Ministry of Defence, Her Majesties Prison and Probation Service, Border Force, Immigration Enforcement (and many others). More recently I have been the interim Chief of Staff for the Home Office Chief Scientific Advisor John Aston and the staff officer to Head of Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology Andy Bell.