Speakers

  • Kenny MacAskill

    Former Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Scottish Government

    Kenny MacAskill was an SNP MSP from 1999-2016 and Justice Secretary for Scotland from 2007-2014. Before that he was a lawyer in Edinburgh. Since stepping down from politics he has been writing columns for newspapers and magazines. He’s the author of several books on Scottish Politics and the Scottish Diaspora. His most recent books are the Lockerbie Bombing- the search for Justice and Jimmy Reid – A Scottish Political Journey.   

    Kenny  MacAskill

    Sessions with Kenny MacAskill :

    • Opening remarks from Chair, Kenny MacAskill: A brief history of the evolution of Scottish justice and a very modern focus on 'customer experience'.

      Setting the scene for how digital technologies are disrupting the Scottish justice system.

  • Robert Hayes

    Board Member, National Cyber Resilience Leaders Board

    Robert has a portfolio of Non-Executive Director & Strategic Advisory roles, supporting public & private sector organisations through complex change programmes, with a particular focus on cybersecurity. Robert spend 30 years working in senior positions in the UK Government including as Head of the UK  National Technical Assistance Centre. This was followed by ten years as a Senior Fellow of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, and latterly as Microsoft’s Executive Cybersecurity Advisor for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Robert holds a B.Sc. in Psychology, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Freeman of The City of London. He also holds the rank of Major (V) in the Staff Corps of the British Army.

    Robert  Hayes

    Sessions with Robert Hayes:

    • Expert panel: Reducing reoffending and managing offenders safely and securely in the community.

      GPS geo-tagging, exclusion zones and alcohol level monitoring - alongside apps to bridge the digital divide and support the mental health of offenders.

  • Dr Victoria Morton

    Head of Scene Examination, SPA Forensic Services

    Dr Victoria Morton is Head of Scene Examination, SPA Forensic Services, responsible for the national delivery of scene examination, imaging and bespoke multimedia services to Criminal Justice Partners and the communities of Scotland.

    With over 20 years of experience in forensic science, 13 years at senior management / strategic level, her previous roles have included Forensic Scientist, Quality Co-ordinator and Interim Head of Operations Forensic Services Glasgow.

    Victoria has no formal ICT qualifications, but has lead the development and implementation of national ICT systems for Forensic Services in collaboration with Police Scotland colleagues. These have included a national case management system and image management system. Victoria also represents Forensic Services on the Scottish Government Digital Justice Group and Digital Evidence Sharing Capability Project. 

    Dr Victoria  Morton

    Sessions with Dr Victoria Morton :

    • A picture is worth a thousand words: how digital tools are enhancing the presentation of forensic evidence in court

      How complex scenarios and disturbing images can be presented in a clear, concise and ‘sanitised’ manner.

  • Malcolm Graham

    Assistant Chief Constable, Strategic Change, Police Scotland

    In August 2016, Malcolm Graham was appointed ACC Strategic Change with responsibility for Policing 2026, developing a long-term strategy for policing in Scotland. This led the unprecedented nationwide public consultation on the draft Policing 2026 Strategy for delivering sustained excellence in service and protection for the people of Scotland. The final Strategy was laid before Parliament on 20 June 2017, and ratified by the SPA Board on 22 June. ACC Graham is now taking forward the Strategy by developing the implementation plan over the next three years and is the Executive Lead for the following business areas: Strategic Planning and Development; Knowledge, Innovation, Insight and Continuous Improvement; Partnerships and Collaboration; Analysis and Performance; Understanding Demand and Productivity Improvement; Digitally Enabled Policing.

    Malcolm Graham

    Sessions with Malcolm Graham:

    • Keynote: The Digitally Enabled Policing programme - the transformation of Police Scotland

      With a £300m modernisation programme over the next 10 years, Police Scotland is about to undergo a giant tech overhaul

  • Keith Dargie

    Chief Information and Digital Officer, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

    Keith joined COPFS as the Director of IT in 2013. He has extensive experience in senior IT management and executive roles held in a number of government organisations. He has leadership responsibility for delivering and developing wide ranging IT and digital services to COPFS staff located in offices throughout Scotland and to external customers and stakeholders. Keith has developed IT and digital strategies and delivered a range of profile business transformation, corporate and legislative initiatives over the course of his career. Keith’s current priorities include implementing COPFS’ digital strategy, which aims to further digitally transform the delivery of user focused services and improve the way the organisation works. Keith is a member of the senior programme delivery board responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Justice Digital Strategy. Keith previously worked in senior IT management positions at National Records of Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland.
     

    Keith  Dargie

    Sessions with Keith Dargie:

    • Expert panel: Creating a Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century.

      Scotland's justice agencies are on the cusp of a digital revolution that will see greater data sharing - and cooperation - than ever before.

  • Dr Hannah Graham

    Senior Lecturer, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University of Stirling

    Dr Hannah Graham is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Stirling. Her research concentrates on criminal justice and the sociology of punishment, particularly areas such as technology and digital justice, probation and community justice, rehabilitation and desistance from crime, and innovation and criminal justice. Hannah was part of an international research team from England & Wales, Scotland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands to undertake the first European comparative research of its kind on uses of electronic monitoring technologies as alternatives to custody in the EU (the EMEU project, 2014-2016). Hannah has written three books on criminology and criminal justice, published internationally by Routledge. She previously worked as a criminologist at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

    Dr Hannah Graham

    Sessions with Dr Hannah Graham:

    • Expert panel: Reducing reoffending and managing offenders safely and securely in the community.

      GPS geo-tagging, exclusion zones and alcohol level monitoring - alongside apps to bridge the digital divide and support the mental health of offenders.

  • Caroline Green

    Account Manager Egress Software Technologies

    An experienced member of the Egress Team, Caroline Green uses her considerable information security expertise to help organisations of all sizes, from large multinational companies to SMEs, and across all industries overcome current data sharing and collaboration challenges. Working alongside key technical and strategic personnel at Egress, Caroline plays an integral part in the delivery of an innovative encryption software platform to enable users to securely share all forms of electronic data, both internally and with external third parties.

    Working with both public sector and corporate organisations, Caroline has acquired extensive understanding of the challenges they face, particularly when tackling the insider threat (both ‘accidental send’ and malicious insider), and the steps required to mitigate related data breaches.
     

    Caroline Green

    Sessions with Caroline Green:

    • Joining up Justice through enhanced secure digital services

      Egress will look at ways justice organisations can strategically support digital transformational without jeopardising the security of sensitive data or established working practices.

  • Claire Taylor

    Director of Digital Services Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

    Claire has been an Information Systems specialist for over 20 years, with experience in a variety of sectors including retail, banking and justice.  She joined Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service as a member of staff in 2017, following 18 months as interim Director during which time she developed a strong connection with the organisation’s ethos & values and a deep interest in the work of the justice sector as a whole

    Claire Taylor

    Sessions with Claire Taylor:

    • Expert panel: Creating a Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century.

      Scotland's justice agencies are on the cusp of a digital revolution that will see greater data sharing - and cooperation - than ever before.

  • Alison McLaughlin

    Head of Digital Transformation, The Scottish Government

    Alison McLaughlin

    Sessions with Alison McLaughlin:

    • Moving out of the courtroom and onto the smartphone.

      We must be ambitious, collaborative and innovative to deliver a justice fit for the digital age.

  • Andrew Allan

    Superintendent, Digital Evidence Sharing & Criminal Justice, Police Scotland

    Andrew joined the Police in 1991 and has worked as an operational officer and leader in several Scottish Council areas. He also has experience in the scrutiny, governance and delivery of policy and change in operational policing including work on Youth Justice with Audit Scotland and national thematic reviews of Police Use of Firearms and Serious Fraud with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. Since 2014, he has worked in the Criminal Justice Services Division of Police Scotland, and has been an active participant in the Evidence and Procedure Review, Sheriff & Jury Reform and the Scottish Government led Justice System Planning Group. He is currently seconded to the SG Justice Digital and Polcy Unit as the Digital Evidence Sharing Capability Product Owner for Police Scotland.

    Andrew Allan

    Sessions with Andrew Allan:

    • Expert panel: Creating a Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century.

      Scotland's justice agencies are on the cusp of a digital revolution that will see greater data sharing - and cooperation - than ever before.

  • Willie Cowan

    Deputy Director, Criminal Justice, Scottish Government

    Willie Cowan is the Deputy Director, Criminal Justice Division , in the Scottish Government.  His  role includes Criminal Justice Reform; Criminal Law and Practice; Justice Digital Strategy; Justice Systems Planning; Human Trafficking; Victims and Witnesses and Domestic Abuse.  His previous roles include Deputy Director in Marine Scotland with both policy and delivery responsibilities; Deputy Chief Executive of the (then) Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (a specialist reporting agency to COPFS), and 5 years in a senior operational role in COPFS.

    Willie  Cowan

    Sessions with Willie Cowan:

    • The potential for digital technologies to aid key priorities at the heart of the Programme for Government.

      With victims at the forefront of the Scottish Government's policy aims, this session explores how a raft of emerging projects will benefit end users of the justice system.

  • Louise McQuillan

    Business Development Manager TextHelp

    Louise has been a ‘Texthelper’ for six years and specialises in helping public sector organisations to maximise their workforce productivity and increase their customer engagement.

    She does this by creating inclusive working environments where everyone - including those with neurodiversities - can achieve their personal and professional goals.  And, by removing communication barriers online to bring equal access to the web and facilitate self-service.
     

    Louise  McQuillan

    Sessions with Louise McQuillan:

    • Engage and Enable

      Within the prison population there are many hidden disabilities that often go undiagnosed and most often, unsupported. Estimates alone for dyslexia range between 43-57% of offenders. How can the criminal justice system in Scotland effectively overcome these barriers to learning and rehabilitation?

  • Jason Gordon

    UK Workplace Solutions Manager

    Jason Joined texthelp in 2014 to expand the reach of their assistive technologies across the public and private sector in the UK & Ireland. With more than 18 years experience in Business Development and Management Jason has developed a real passion for removing barriers both online and in the workplace.

    Across the UK millions are excluded online and at work, due to communication barriers such as low literacy, English as a second language and a range of neurodiverse conditions. Jason’s goal is to “change lives” by improving access to assistive technology to enable people to reach their full potential and thrive in any environment. Digital technology holds the key for organisations to nurture a diverse workforce and engage with their customers.
     

    Jason  Gordon

    Sessions with Jason Gordon :

    • Engage and Enable

      Within the prison population there are many hidden disabilities that often go undiagnosed and most often, unsupported. Estimates alone for dyslexia range between 43-57% of offenders. How can the criminal justice system in Scotland effectively overcome these barriers to learning and rehabilitation?

  • Andrew Alexander

    Head of Policy, The Law Society of Scotland

    Andrew Alexander

    Sessions with Andrew Alexander:

    • Expert panel: Creating a Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century.

      Scotland's justice agencies are on the cusp of a digital revolution that will see greater data sharing - and cooperation - than ever before.

  • Barry Bassnett

    Spheron

    Barry has been working in the field of Knowledge and Innovation Management for over 25 years with clients in public and private sectors both here in the UK and overseas.
    His main focus is on Crime Scene and Evidence Management Systems, using visual document management techniques, Taxonomy and AI applied to tagging and autoclassification of documentations.

    Barry Bassnett

    Sessions with Barry Bassnett:

    • Cloud-Based Collaboration Platforms for digital Crime Scene Documentation and Workflow Management

      Spheron’s latest cloud-based, visual collaboration system offers live-time forensics. Increasing efficiency and objectivity in crime scene documentation. Sharing knowledge and responsiveness in the first critical hour and establishes a full digital workflow from crime scene through to the court room

  • David Duncan Fraser

    Project Lead, Digital Evidence Sharing Capability (DESC), The Scottish Government

    David Duncan  Fraser

    Sessions with David Duncan Fraser:

    • Evidence gathering, consideration, disclosure and presentation in court.

      The DESC (Digital Evidence Sharing Capability) project will speed up the transmission of data from capture to courts, increasing efficiency and driving down costs.

  • Kate Wallace

    Chief Executive, Victim Support Scotland

    Kate   Wallace

    Sessions with Kate Wallace:

    • We have let victims down for far too long.

      If we get it right, technology can support victims through a difficult and damaging process.

  • Katharine Brash

    Director, Learning & Skills, Fife College

    Katharine  Brash

    Sessions with Katharine Brash:

    • Expert panel: Reducing reoffending and managing offenders safely and securely in the community.

      GPS geo-tagging, exclusion zones and alcohol level monitoring - alongside apps to bridge the digital divide and support the mental health of offenders.

  • Rob Flanagan

    Innovation Manager, Lancashire Constabulary

    Rob Flanagan

    Sessions with Rob Flanagan:

    • 'Alexa, I want to report a crime'.

      How smart, predictive tech tools like Amazon's Alexa is helping police communicate with the public

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21 November 2018 Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh - EH2 2PQ United Kingdom

Digital Justice 2018

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