About the seminar

The Police Foundation, in partnership with Loughborough University is hosting a special seminar on policing innovation which will feed into the Strategic Review of Policing In England and Wales. Rather than specifically looking at new technology, the event will focus on the value of flexibility, originality of thought and human relationships for fostering innovation. In this way policing can get ahead of the changes taking place in society so that the service is capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Experts in their fields will offer insight in a number of key areas including using police intelligence, the smarter use of data, Restorative Justice, police diversity and police legitimacy.




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Dr John Coxhead, Professor of Policing Innovation and Learning at Loughborough University

John Coxhead will look at how we can create an organisational culture and mindset that allows the free flow of ideas which is vital for agile policing. This is particularly important in the context of constant change and entrepreneurial criminality and complements the focus on ‘what works’ with research that explores ‘what if?’

John is a policing educationalist and twice winner of the Queen’s Award in Innovation in Police Learning and Development. John is the founder of the national competition for Innovation in Policing.


Dr Ian Stanier, Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University (with Prof Robert Dover, Professor of Intelligence and National Security, University of Hull)

Ian Stanier will discuss how to develop the best policing intelligence which is arguably the lifeblood of policing. Working to advance this intelligence capabilities can only benefit the profession’s proactive potential.

Ian Stanier is a former senior police officer and Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC)Intelligence Practice Research Consortium. He is also a member of the NPCC Intelligence Portfolio.


Prof Peter Kawalek, Professor of Information Management at Loughborough University

In an age when police forces can be overwhelmed with large volumes of data, we need to view this information as an asset rather than a burden. Peter Kawalek will discuss how data should be the servant, not the master of policing. He will also look what the police can learn from other industries so that the service become one of the leading organisations in the field of data.

Peter Kawalek heads Loughborough University’s prestigious Centre for Information Management and is an expert in the Digital Economy and the effects of digitisation on business and society.


Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera, Senior Lecturer at the University of East London

Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera will address the need for authentic progressive reform of policing. Ruwan is a former national secretary of the Black Police Association who has also led on policing diversity strategies nationally and internationally. He is a visiting academic at Rashtriya Raksha University where he helps develop modern approaches to policing education.


Terry O’Connell, former Director of Real Justice (Australia)

At a time of much public angst and protest about policing, Terry O’Connell will discuss how important is to remember that policing is about people. As the former Director of Real Justice (Australia) Terry will explain that Restorative Justice (RJ) has become too more of a process, and that the authentic core of his craft revolves around explicit practice (what is seen to be done) and relationships between people.

Terry O’Connell is a retired senior sergeant from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. He is widely acknowledged as the pioneer of the development of RJ practices in policing.


Dr Kelly Sundberg, Associate Professor of Criminology at Mount Royal University, Canada, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia (with Dr Christina Witt, Homicide Detective, Calgary Police, Canada)

Kelly Sundberg is currently working on a new project in Alberta, Canada, to establish a College of Policing and is creating an ambitious blueprint for policing that redefines its legitimacy and purpose. Kelly has strong contextual international understanding of police organisational approaches and he is using the best from everywhere to inform this re-birth of Canadian policing.