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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.

Dr Cynthia Lum (George Mason University, USA)

Cynthia Lum is a Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and Director of its Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. Her research focuses on policing tactics, strategies, technology, and organization, crime prevention and deterrence, and evidence-based crime policy. With Professors Christopher Koper and Cody Telep, she has developed tools to help translate research into practice.

Haavard M Reksten (Norwegian Police University College)

Haarvard 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.

Dr Rick Muir (Police Foundation, UK)

Dr Rick Muir is Director of the Police Foundation, the UK’s independent policing think tank.   He has been a public policy researcher for most of his career, most latterly working on public service reform, including on policing and criminal justice policy, at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). Prior to that he did his DPhil in Latin American politics at the University of Oxford. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a member of the Cumberland Lodge Police Steering Committee. He was previously a local councillor in both Oxford and Hackney.  Dr Rick Muir joined the IAC in April 2019, suceeding John Graham, Former Director of the Police Foundation, who had been a Founding Member of the IAC since 2007.  

Dr Nick Bland (Scottish Government)

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.

Rachel Tuffin OBE (College of Policing, UK)

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.

Professor Nick Tilley (Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science)

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.