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Crime Seminar 2021

23rd March 2021
Online
23.03.2021
10:00am - 11:15am
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The event will feature the launch of the 2021 Crime Report, provide the opportunity to hear about best practice from industry experts and explore how the sector is working to tackle crime.

Minister for Crime and Policing Kit Malthouse has been confirmed to address the seminar to talk about action the Government is taking on retail crime and violence, including ACS’ work in partnership with the Home Office. 

The 2021 Crime Report will address the impact of Covid-19 on the sector, as well as looking at other criminal activity like theft, robberies, burglaries and fraud.

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Minister for Crime and Policing Kit Malthouse

Kit Malthouse was appointed Minister of State in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice on 14 February 2020. He was previously Minister of State (Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service) for the Home Office from 25 July 2019 to 14 February 2020 and Minister of State in the Ministry of Justice on 14 February 2020. He was previously Minister of State for Housing from 9 July 2018 to 25 July 2019. He was previously Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department of Work and Pensions from 9 January 2018 to 9 July 2018. He was elected as Conservative MP for North West Hampshire in May 2015.

Aman Uppal, One Stop Mount Nod

Aman currently manages a One Stop franchise store with his mother and older brother.  His family joined One Stop in their previous store in October 2015 and moved to a modern purpose built unit next door in February 2016. Prior to that the family had run a Londis convenience store on the parade since 1993, with Aman being a part of the business from his late teens. 

Aman's work at their One Stop store has seen the family listed on the Independent Achievers Academy UK & Ireland Top 100 stores for the past 4 years and have won 3 category awards for Best Shop Layout, Marketing To Customers and Digital Engagement. He also was shortlisted and received Highly Commended for the Digital Engagement category in the 2018 Retail Industry Awards. 

Aman is always keen on engaging and sharing best practices with other retailers and always looking a new ways to further the family business through new products and innovation.  

Susan Connolly, Connolly Spar

Susan Connolly is Sales Director for Connolly Spar, a family business which has been trading for over 50 years from three convenience stores based in Wiltshire.

She has been actively involved in all aspects of the family’s business since a very young age and has an embedded dynamic enthusiasm for independent retailing.

Whilst in her previous role as Store Manager at Spar Pewsey she achieved Appleby Westward’s ‘Community Retailer of the Year’ award, CTC Wholesaler ‘Community Retailer of the Year’ award and has made it to the finals in the category of ‘Independent Community Retailer’ at the Retail Industry Awards. She has also won the ACS Achievement Award in 2014 and the IGD Leading Edge Award in 2017.

She strives to expand her knowledge and experience of the retail industry, bringing new ideas and innovation into the family business to promote profit and growth.

Stewart Farrell, Head of Retail Loss Prevention, Next

Over 25 years of experience in the security arena in both private & public sector including 5 years in the British Army & 10 years in the Met Police as a Detective investigating major crime. Has built a wealth of knowledge in the identifying, apprehending & prosecution of offenders. Developed a good understanding of issues affecting businesses since joining the private sector in 2008. With Next for the past 8 years, working in Directory online fraud, as Regional Loss Prevention Manager & leading the National Investigations Team, before promotion to his current position in November 2018. Plc

Jenny Alleyne, Head of Retail Risk Health , The Co-operative

Jenny Alleyne is Head of Retail Risk Health and Safety at Coop and has worked in a variety of roles across Coop for a number of years. Having come through the business  Jenny remains grounded and understands the changing landscape of crime ,passionately champions the impact of crime on colleagues who work in stores as they are often the forgotten victim of retail crime. Benefitting from  over 20 years’ experience working within Retail Operations acquiring expert knowledge in strategic and operational risk management supported with capability to  develop plans to facilitate and lead and embed effective change. Jenny sees technology solutions and AI as the key to unlocking change in the retail crime landscape blended with collaboration across retailers.

James Lowman, Chief Executive, ACS

James was appointed ACS Chief Executive in November 2006. He has led ACS on political and policy representation, driven a unique research programme that informs ACS’ policy work, launched an industry-leading assured advice scheme in partnership with Surrey County Council, created a new and unique events programme, and increased membership and engagement from all parts of the industry. He has been recognised for his work with outstanding achievement awards from HIM, Palmer & Harvey, YIGA, and the Retail Industry Awards. James is a member of ministerial advisory groups including the National Retail Crime Steering Group and the Retail Sector Council. He also sits on the boards of Community Alcohol Partnerships, the London Food Board and the High Streets Task Force. James joined ACS in 1997. He has a degree in Politics from the University of Essex, and an MBA from Kingston Business School.

Eleanor O’Connell, Public Affairs Executive, 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.