Crime Seminar

26th March 2019
9:30am - 3:30pm
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The ACS Crime Seminar is an exclusive and insightful day split into three sessions on tackling violence, protecting cash in-store and sharing best practice. The sessions are designed to provide practical approaches to managing crime in your business. The event will also feature the launch of ACS’ 2019 Crime Report.

Speakers already confirmed include:

  • Victoria Atkins MP, Home Office Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability (via video message)
  • Patrick Holdaway, Chief Inspector - Head of Operations, National Business Crime Centre 
  • Jayne King, Head of Security & Site Services, Guys and St Thomas National Health Service Foundation
  • Superintendent Mark Cleland, British Transport Police and Nicole Vazquez, Worthwhile Training
  • Mark Dinsdale, Physical Security Manager, Post Office 
  • Drew Bannerman, UK & Ireland Sales Manager, Crane Payment Innovations
  • Dr Laura Garius, Lecturer in Criminology, and Dr James Hunter Lecturer in Public Policy, Nottingham Trent University
  • Katie Cross, Research Manager, Association of Convenience Stores
  • Eleanor O'Connell, Public Affairs Assistant, Association of Convenience Stores
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Event Speakers

Dr Laura Garius, Lecturer in Criminology, Nottingham Trent University

Dr. Laura Garius is a Lecturer in Criminology and a member of the Quantitative and Spatial Criminology group at Nottingham Trent University. Laura has conducted collaborative research with Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, Drinkaware, and Victim Support. Her doctorate examined trends in night-time economy violence and modelled the risk of violent victimisation and assault severity. As part of the Innovate UK/ESRC-funded Nottingham Shop Theft Project, Laura examined local and national shop theft trends and conducted interviews with prolific shop theft offenders in order to identify key drivers and facilitators of shoplifting. Laura is currently researching barriers to victim/witness engagement with police. 

Dr James Hunter, Lecturer in Public Policy, Nottingham Trent University

Dr. James Hunter is Principal Lecturer in Public Policy and a member of the Quantitative and Spatial Criminology Research Group at Nottingham Trent University.  James’s research interests concern the geography of social problems with particular reference to crime victimisation, as well as issues around the equity of the crime drop across household and area types. He recently lead the Innovate UK/ESRC funded Nottingham Shop Theft Project which developed new approaches to measuring and mapping shop theft risk at the neighbourhood level.  He has also recently developed a community engagement area classification for police forces at the neighbourhood level across the England as part of the East Midlands Policing and Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) which features in the College of Policing's new Neighbourhood Policing Guidelines.

Drew Bannerman, UK and Ireland Sales Manager – Retail Pay Station, Crane Payment Innovations

Drew Bannerman’s career has predominantly been based within the ATM industry with over 15 years’ experience working in the business sector. As previous Head of Corporate Accounts at YourCash, an independent ATM deployer based in the UK with an ATM estate of circa 4000 ATMs, Drew looked after a number of high profile convenience retailers, petrol forecourt providers, and catering clients. Having previously worked at Cardtronics and Cennox, Drew has recently joined Crane Payment Innovations and is the UK and Ireland Sales Manager responsible for the Paypod products. The role requires working closely with retailers, helping to streamline their day to day processes through automation of cash handling within their business, and helping to secure their cash, minimizing shrinking at the point of sale. 

Mark Dinsdale, Physical Security Manager, Post Office

Mark Dinsdale is the Physical Security Manager at Post Office Ltd with 25 years in this arena. Mark currently works on security policies, standards, formats, risk modelling, and analysis. He also identifies new technologies in the marketplace to keep people safe from crime, for example fogging as a robbery deterrent. He has studied with both Portsmouth and Leicester University gaining a BSc and MSc in Security & Risk, “which surprisingly enough does come in handy”.

Katie Cross, Research Manager, ACS

Katie joined ACS is March 2016, having achieved a first class degree in Psychology from the University of Kent.

As Research Manager, Katie is responsible for the research programme at ACS and has analysed all of the primary data in this year's report.

Eleanor O’Connell, Public Affairs Assistant, ACS

Eleanor joined ACS in September 2018 after working in the charity sector and graduating with a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Exeter.

Eleanor is responsible for assisting the public affairs team with monitoring policy developments, writing policy briefings and responding to policy consultations.

Patrick Holdaway, Chief Inspector, National Business Crime Centre

Patrick Holdaway is a Chief Inspector from Hampshire Constabulary on secondment to the NBCC, which is hosted by the Met Police.  Having been the business crime lead for Hampshire since 2014, Patrick has worked closely with a number of national business and agencies and developed and chaired the Safer Hampshire Business Partnership, which is made up of police, partners and businesses to identify, understand and prevent business crime

Patrick became the operational lead for the NBCC in December 2018 and aims to embed a focus on business crime in policing, targeting the issues that affect businesses so allowing them to prosper and help the communities they serve.