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Crime Seminar 2021

23rd March 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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Event Speakers

Minister for Crime and Policing Kit Malthouse

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.

Edward Woodall, ACS

Edward is ACS Head of Policy and Public Affairs and represents the sector within Parliament and Government on the policy issues that matter to local shops, including business rates, employment costs, deposit return schemes, retail crime, product regulation and many more.

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.