Speakers

  • Kenny MacAskill

    Former Cabinet Secretary for Justice

    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 :

    • Chair's opening remarks

  • 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:

    • Digital Transformation: An overview from the Scottish Government

      The Scottish Governments is going through a rapid period of digital transformation, with the digitalistion of public services cited as a key objective in the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy. Hear from Scotland's Digital Justice Directorate and their ambitions moving forward.

  • Dr. Kayleigh Sheppard

    Department for Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences Liverpool John Moores University

    Dr. Kayleigh  Sheppard

    Sessions with Dr. Kayleigh Sheppard:

    • Documenting crime scenes and managing criminal investigations

      This session will look at new innovative technologies used to document and investigate crimes. From the crime scene to the court room, hear from the UK’s leading experts in forensic technology.

  • Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham

    Police Scotland

    ACC Graham joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1995 and worked in a number of patrol and investigative roles in each rank both locally and nationally including Head of the Criminal Investigation Department, tackling serious and organised crime, major crime investigation, countering terrorism and intelligence. 

    In June 2012, he was appointed as Divisional Commander for the City of Edinburgh with responsibility for all policing across the City. 

    In January 2013, he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland with responsibility for major crime and public protection.  Whilst in this role, he led a number of high profile serious crime investigations and oversaw a number of complex projects including improvements in key emerging areas of demand, such as sexual crime and child abuse investigations.   
    In August 2016, he 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 responsible 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

    Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm  Graham

    Sessions with Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham:

    • New technologies and innovation in policing

      Police Scotland recognise that technology is changing the way we live, work and communicate and is committed to improving efficiency and safety through digital innovation. Find out how Police Scotland are becoming a digital organisation and exploiting technology to create a safer Scotland.

    • Mobile Working & Technology

      This session will look at the introduction of body worn video cameras across Scotland including discussion on the benefits, as well as the financial, practical and ethical challenges faced implementing the roll out.

  • Superintendent Stephen Dolan

    Police Scotland

    Superintendent Stephen  Dolan

    Sessions with Superintendent Stephen Dolan:

    • Mobile Working & Technology

      This session will look at the introduction of body worn video cameras across Scotland including discussion on the benefits, as well as the financial, practical and ethical challenges faced implementing the roll out.

  • Eric McQueen

    Chief Executive, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

    Eric was appointed as Chief Executive of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) on 1 January 2013. 

    The SCTS is a non-ministerial department that supports justice by providing the people, buildings and services needed to support the judiciary, courts, tribunals and the Office of the Public Guardian in Scotland.  The SCTS has over 1700 staff and an annual expenditure of more than £150 million.

    Eric is a member of the SCTS Board which is chaired by the Lord President, Scotland’s most senior judge.  The Board sets the strategic direction for the organisation and delegates day to day management responsibility to the Chief Executive.  Eric is also a member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council and the Scottish Government Performance Board.

    Eric joined the SCTS in 2003 having spent 20 years working across a range of Government Departments throughout the UK, developing expertise in strategic planning, operational delivery and people management.  His previous posts within the SCTS include Director for Grampian, Highland and Islands and Executive Director with responsibility for all operations across Scotland.

    Married with three children, Eric was born in Edinburgh and now lives in East Lothian.
     

    Eric McQueen

    Sessions with Eric McQueen :

    • Technology in the court room

      Courtroom technology has the potential to improve delivery of justice, reduce costs and help improve efficiency. This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges technology brings into Scottish court rooms.

  • Keith Dargie

    Director of IT Crown Office & 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:

    • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service: The Digital Strategy

  • Professor John Cassella

    Staffordshire University

    John graduated with a degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences and Chemistry from Leicester in 1988 and a Doctorate in Orthopedic Pathology from the University College London [Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital] in 1993. He has published widely in the area of medical and related biomedical sciences. Having worked in many of London’s major teaching hospitals [The Royal London, St Thomas’s, St Mary’s Royal National Orthopaedic, Kings] in a variety of areas of medical research and teaching medical students he took up a post at the University of Central England in Birmingham [now the University of Central Birmingham] as a lecturer in Biomedical Sciences. Subsequently, John became a Reader in Biomedical Sciences and also a ‘Programme Leader’ for the Forensic Science degree courses at the University of Derby in 2002. John then joined the forensic science team at Staffordshire University in 2005 where he teaches elements of forensic pathology, techniques of human identification and body recovery from disaster situations. Conferred a Professorial Chair in Forensic Science Education in 2008. John is the CPD/WBL lead in forensic and crime science for the development and delivery of a wide variety of short courses to external organisations such as forensic awareness training for various services. John sits on a number of groups that work at a national level to promote the development and improvement of the delivery of forensic education and improve the links between academia, the forensic industry and UK Police Services.

    Professor John Cassella

    Sessions with Professor John Cassella :

    • Documenting crime scenes and managing criminal investigations

      This session will look at new innovative technologies used to document and investigate crimes. From the crime scene to the court room, hear from the UK’s leading experts in forensic technology.

  • Senior Representative from the Information Commissioner's Office

    Senior Representative from the  Information Commissioner's Office

    Sessions with Senior Representative from the Information Commissioner's Office:

    • GDPR

      In July 2017, Greater Manchester Police was fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following a data breach in which unencrypted DVDs of victim interviews were lost in the post. This session will discuss the future of data protection following the roll out of GDPR in May.

  • Professor Bill Buchanan

    Professor of Computing Edinburgh Napier University

    Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy (http://thecyberacademy.org).

    His main research focus is around information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics. This has led to several World-wide patents, and in three highly successful spin-out companies: Zonefox (zonefox.com); Symphonic Software (www.symphonicsoft.com/); and Cyan Forensics (cyanforensics.com).

    Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given evidence to the Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament, along with being part of the BBC Scottish Independence Team of Experts (speciality: Cyber Security). This includes appearances on Newsnight Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, Panorama, and Radio 5 Newsdrive.

    Bill was named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In Feb 2016, he was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World". Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, for a research project which involves splitting data into secret shares, and can then be distributed across a public Cloud-based infrastructure. He was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers in 2015. 

    Professor Bill  Buchanan

    Sessions with Professor Bill Buchanan:

    • Panel Discussion: Protecting Scotland

      With fraud and cybercrime now the UK’s most common offences, our panel will discuss how can we work together to protect Scotland's people, businesses and public services against cyber - related crimes. As well as how technology is strengthening the relationship between police and the community.

  • Robert Leach

    Acting CEO, The Police ICT Company

    An honours graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, Robert has over 35 years’ experience in ICT services related sales management, business development, and operational and general management across four Companies – Nixdorf, NCR, BT and Capita - prior the Police ICT Company.  He was responsible in both BT and Capita for leading and growing their respective Police & Justice sector businesses.  Robert joined the Police ICT Company in October 2015, was appointed Interim Deputy CEO on 1st February 2016, and Acting CEO on 12th April 2017.  He brings to the ICT Company his significant ICT related business management skills, along with 13 years’ knowledge and experience of working within the Police & Justice market. He has well-established relationships with many senior Policing stakeholders, including the supplier community. He has been an active member of the techUK Justice & Emergency Services Committee for five years, serving as Deputy Chair for two.

    Robert lives with his wife and daughter in Chiswick, West London. 

    Robert  Leach

    Sessions with Robert Leach :

    • Panel Discussion: Protecting Scotland

      With fraud and cybercrime now the UK’s most common offences, our panel will discuss how can we work together to protect Scotland's people, businesses and public services against cyber - related crimes. As well as how technology is strengthening the relationship between police and the community.

  • Willie Clark

    Community Engagement Officer, Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

    Willie is the Community Engagement Officer for Neighbourhood Watch Scotland having joined the NWS Team in November 2016. Willie is a former Police Officer of Central Scotland Police where he served for 30 years in various operational, strategic and supervisory roles. These included roles within Crime Prevention / Community Safety / Interventions and secondments to Falkirk Council and Forth Valley Health Board where he had responsibility for the development of Community Safety Strategy / Action Plans.

    Willie also worked as a security consultant on the Forth Valley Royal Hospital Project and was latterly  Scottish Representative for the British Security Industry Association.

    Willie  Clark

    Sessions with Willie Clark :

    • Panel Discussion: Protecting Scotland

      With fraud and cybercrime now the UK’s most common offences, our panel will discuss how can we work together to protect Scotland's people, businesses and public services against cyber - related crimes. As well as how technology is strengthening the relationship between police and the community.

  • Mandy Haeburn - Little

    Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Business Resilience Centre

    Mandy  Haeburn - Little

    Sessions with Mandy Haeburn - Little :

    • Panel Discussion: Protecting Scotland

      With fraud and cybercrime now the UK’s most common offences, our panel will discuss how can we work together to protect Scotland's people, businesses and public services against cyber - related crimes. As well as how technology is strengthening the relationship between police and the community.

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08 March 2018 Cosla Conference Centre United Kingdom

Justice Innovation 2018 Summit: Transforming Justice Through Technology

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