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Meet the team

With more than 200 combined years of operational policing, academic and professional experience, our team brings a wealth of operational skills, academic expertise, and training knowledge. As demand for our services increases, we continue to grow our team, recruiting exceptional domestic and international talent.

Specialisms within the IoP include leadership, inclusion, counter terrorism and disaster management.

Senior leaders

Our senior leaders are responsible for the strategic direction of the IoP. They manage relationships with our partners and oversee the day-to-day running of the team.

Dr Nicholas Howe

Director Of Institute Of Policing

As Director of the Institute of Policing Nick oversees the development of the Institute as a centre of excellence for police education and training, research and innovation.

Nicholas's profile

Philip Lee

Deputy Director Inst Of Policing

I am the Deputy Director of the Staffordshire University Institute of Policing, with principle responsibility for overall programme design and delivery, together with oversight of the student experience portfolio.

Philip's profile

Dr Rizwan Mustafa

Regional Course Director

Dr Rizwan Mustafa is the Regional Course Director in the Institute of Policing at Staffordshire University. He is also a specialist consultant to the Countering Violent Extremism in the Commonwealth.

Rizwan's profile

James Holyoak

Regional Course Director

After a full career in policing, Jim has used his leadership and experience to develop higher education within the Policing sector. He is actively involved in police related research and further developing learning in respect of policing leadership.

James's profile

Victoria Bell

Lecturer

Victoria is a policing lecturer and criminologist. She is currently completing her Doctorate in police education following the introduction of the PEQF. She is the module leader for Crime and Society, and Evidence-Based Policing Research Project.

Victoria's profile

Clare Briscoe

Business, Planning & Resources Manager

Clare is a Lecturer on the Police Constable Apprenticeship and Degree Holder Entry Programme. Her areas of interest include Community Policing, Police Communications, Leadership and Development and Continuous Professional Development within Policing

Clare's profile

Adam Greenslade

Senior Lecturer

Adam is DHEP and DCDHEP Course Leader for West Midlands Police. His background includes specialist roles in the Met and GMP, including detective service, specialist operations, response and roads policing leadership and investigation.

Adam's profile

Dr John Lamb

Senior Lecturer

John's research expertise focuses on areas including counter terrorism, radicalization, intelligence services and use of force by state officials. His PhD examined policing, national security and the implementation of PREVENT in the West Midlands.

John's profile

Marie Leeland

Senior Lecturer

Marie is a lecturer, who previously served with Leicestershire Police and the College of Policing where she specialised in areas such as disaster management, disaster victim identification, public order, public safety and organisational learning.

Robert Smallwood

Senior Lecturer

Rob has been a lecturer in higher education since 2017 and is currently our course leader for Staffordshire Police, having served as a police officer with Derbyshire Constabulary from 1983 until 2016.

Martin Steventon

Senior Lecturer

Martin is a Lecturer in Policing within the Institute of Policing. He joined the University in January 2019. Prior to that Martin was a police officer serving for over 30 years with Staffordshire Police. He retired as an Inspector in 2017.

Martin's profile

Stephen Tonks

Senior Lecturer

I am a lecturer within the Institute of Policing and Course Leader for our partnership with West Mercia Police. I currently deliver to students on Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships and Degree Holder Entry Programmes.

Stephen's profile

 

Lecturing team

Our lecturers are responsible for teaching, marking and delivery duties – keeping the student officer success at the heart of our operations.

Iftekhar Ahmed

Lecturer

Iftekhar is a Lecturer in Policing within the University's Institute of Policing.

Dr Moses Amagnya

Lecturer

Dr Amagnya is a criminologist and interdisciplinary researcher and is interested in how corruption, social norms, perceptions of justice/fairness and feelings of trust influences people’s attitudes and behaviour towards the law and public officials.

Scott Banks

Lecturer

Scott is a Lecturer in Policing, and a Module Lead within the Institute of Policing. He brings over a decade of policing experience and seeks to provide students with a real-world context for their academic learning.

Scott's profile

Victoria Bell

Lecturer

Victoria is a policing lecturer and criminologist. She is currently completing her Doctorate in police education following the introduction of the PEQF. She is the module leader for Crime and Society, and Evidence-Based Policing Research Project.

Victoria's profile

Clare Brennan

Lecturer

I am a lecturer within the Institute of Policing and a former police officer with an interest in investigation and vulnerability.

Clare's profile

John De-Hayes

Lecturer

John joined the IoP in February 2022 and teaches students on the PCDA and DHEP courses. He brings a wealth of policing experience to his teaching and continues to keep abreast of industry developments. He is completing a Masters in Education.

John's profile

Annie Foxall

Lecturer

Annie is a lecturer for the IoP, specifically focusing on the community’s aspect of policing. Annie's research specialism is missing persons, and her interests are sexually-based offences and domestic violence.

Annie's profile

Adrian Freakley

Lecturer

I am a Lecturer in the Institute of Policing. I'm the module leader for Introduction to Operational Policing within the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) and previously taught this module on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).

Carl Hallbrook

Lecturer

Carl is a lecturer with the Institute of Policing. His main area of interest is in leadership principles in particular leadership within policing. He is interested in the balance between authority through rank and authority through leadership.

Carl's profile

Dr Sunghwan Kim

Lecturer

Dr Kim is a lecturer with a background in both policing and psychology. His research interests include naturalistic decision-making in policing, rapport-based interpersonal techniques in police interviews and criminal intelligence analysis.

Sunghwan's profile

John Maher

Lecturer

John is a lecturer and module leader in the IoP at Staffordshire University. The module he leads on is Introduction to Policing Practice. His main area of interest is police-related legislation.

John's profile

Nicholas Mills

Lecturer

I am a lecturer in the Institute of Policing. My main area of interest is the investigation of serious and complex, and major crime with a focus on investigative decision making.

Nicholas's profile

Sean Paley

Lecturer

I joined West Mercia Police in 1988 and completed 32 years service in 2020.

Sean's profile

Phillip Parkinson

Lecturer

I'm a Lecturer in Policing, with a background as a former police officer.

Phillip's profile

Robin Peace

Lecturer

Rob spent his career as a police officer with Merseyside Police, including secondments to regional police training centres in the North West of England. His main area of interest is the provision of education & training for policing.

Robin's profile

Karen Pirrie

Lecturer

Karen is a lecturer in policing and delivers on the PEQF programme. Her main areas of interest are emergency planning and responding to major incidents, counter terrorism and crime and policing on the railway.

Karen's profile

Sarah Plimley

Lecturer

Sarah is a Lecturer within the IoP, having previously been a member of the Criminology Team. Her background is in working with offenders resettling into the community after custody and field research experience academically and for private companies.

Sarah's profile

Samantha Rasiah

Lecturer

Samantha leads the PCDA Level 6 Coaching & Mentoring module and is completing her Doctorate in Legal Education. Her key research interests are Curriculum Design, Professional Education, and Employability Skills in Law, Policing & Criminal Justice.

Samantha's profile

Peter Reynolds

Lecturer

Peter is a Lecturer in Policing in the Institute of Policing, prior to which he served as a Sergeant with Staffordshire Police, His main areas of expertise are Offender Management including Gangs, Youth Justice & Youth Diversion, & Partnerships.

Peter's profile

Baljeet Sidhu

Lecturer

Baljeet is a lecturer within the Institute of Policing. He served in the police for 30 years, retiring as a Superintendant in West Midlands Police before joining Staffordshire University.

Baljeet's profile

Sacha Smith

Lecturer

Sacha is a lecturer within the Institute of Policing with expertise in victimology, offender management and evidence-based policing.

Sacha's profile

Michael Spellman

Lecturer

Michael has been a lecturer with the Institute of Policing since March 2019 and specialises in investigation and vulnerability issues. He was previously a Detective Inspector with West Midlands Police. He was a police officer for thirty years.

Michael's profile

Abbeygail Standen

Lecturer

Abbey is a lecturer for the Institute of Policing. Specialising in the more digital areas of criminal investigation, Abbey’s main area of focus centres around digital forensics, digital policing and cyber-crime analysis and investigation.

Abbeygail's profile

Keith Thompson

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Iop

Philip Wagg

Lecturer

Phil is a lecturer in the Institute of Policing and Course Leader for the Step Up to Policing programme at Staffordshire University.

Philip's profile

Darren Walsh

Lecturer

Darren is a Lecturer within the Institute of Policing. He joined the University in January 2022, prior to which he had a successful career in West Midlands Police and the Royal Engineers.

Darren's profile

Andrew Whelan

Lecturer

Andrew is a lecturer within the Institute of Policing. Having spent 35 years in roles across the British Army and West Midlands Police, he has extensive expertise in leadership and tactical firearms operations.

Andrew's profile

Catherine Webb-Jones

Lecturer

Cate is a lecturer with the Institute of Policing, prior to which she served for 30 years with West Midlands Police. She specialised in public protection and was the subject matter expert in the region for stalking crimes and behaviours.

 

Researchers

Our researchers work within the University’s research centres.

Dr Moses Amagnya

Lecturer

Dr Amagnya is a criminologist and interdisciplinary researcher and is interested in how corruption, social norms, perceptions of justice/fairness and feelings of trust influences people’s attitudes and behaviour towards the law and public officials.

Victoria Bell

Lecturer

Victoria is a policing lecturer and criminologist. She is currently completing her Doctorate in police education following the introduction of the PEQF. She is the module leader for Crime and Society, and Evidence-Based Policing Research Project.

Victoria's profile

Dr Nicholas Howe

Director Of Institute Of Policing

As Director of the Institute of Policing Nick oversees the development of the Institute as a centre of excellence for police education and training, research and innovation.

Nicholas's profile

Dr Sunghwan Kim

Lecturer

Dr Kim is a lecturer with a background in both policing and psychology. His research interests include naturalistic decision-making in policing, rapport-based interpersonal techniques in police interviews and criminal intelligence analysis.

Sunghwan's profile

Dr John Lamb

Senior Lecturer

John's research expertise focuses on areas including counter terrorism, radicalization, intelligence services and use of force by state officials. His PhD examined policing, national security and the implementation of PREVENT in the West Midlands.

John's profile

Dr Rizwan Mustafa

Regional Course Director

Dr Rizwan Mustafa is the Regional Course Director in the Institute of Policing at Staffordshire University. He is also a specialist consultant to the Countering Violent Extremism in the Commonwealth.

Rizwan's profile

Sarah Plimley

Lecturer

Sarah is a Lecturer within the IoP, having previously been a member of the Criminology Team. Her background is in working with offenders resettling into the community after custody and field research experience academically and for private companies.

Sarah's profile

Samantha Rasiah

Lecturer

Samantha leads the PCDA Level 6 Coaching & Mentoring module and is completing her Doctorate in Legal Education. Her key research interests are Curriculum Design, Professional Education, and Employability Skills in Law, Policing & Criminal Justice.

Samantha's profile

Robert Smallwood

Senior Lecturer

Rob has been a lecturer in higher education since 2017 and is currently our course leader for Staffordshire Police, having served as a police officer with Derbyshire Constabulary from 1983 until 2016.

Abbeygail Standen

Lecturer

Abbey is a lecturer for the Institute of Policing. Specialising in the more digital areas of criminal investigation, Abbey’s main area of focus centres around digital forensics, digital policing and cyber-crime analysis and investigation.

Abbeygail's profile

 

Work Based Education Officers

Our Work Based Education Officers look after the pastoral care needs of our PCDA student officers, conduct their tripartite reviews and provide support to our partners’ apprenticeships teams.

Helen Butters

Work Based Education Officer

Helen is a Work Based Education Officer whose key role is supporting student officers on their PCDA journey. This is achieved by discussing progress at tripartite reviews, organising relevant support and setting achievable targets.

Helen's profile

Saara Byrne

Work Based Education Officer

Saara is a Work Based Education Officer. I currently support Staffordshire Police's PCDA student officers by undertaking learning reviews, as well as a range of activities to ensure evidence meets the relevant standards.

Saara's profile

Samantha Carless

Work Based Education Officer

Sam is a Work Based Education Officer for the Institute of Policing. Her main role is to support the students completing the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship through Tripartite Reviews and any additional pastoral support they may require.

Samantha's profile

Andrew Clowes

Work Based Education Officer

Andy is a Work Based Education Officer for the Institute of Policing. He carries out tripartite reviews with students undertaking the PCDA. These reviews monitor progress over their learning journey and offer support, advice and guidance.

Andrew's profile

Hayley Hallsworth

Work Based Education Officer

As a Work Based Education Officer, Hayley supports the delivery of a new partnership to deliver Police Constable education and training for West Midlands, Staffordshire, West Mercia and Warwickshire police forces.

Hayley's profile

Danielle Johnson

Work-Based Education Officer

Danielle is a Work-Based Education Officer currently supporting Student Police Officers for West Midlands Police on the PCDA programme. Her main role is to support the progression of student officers during their apprenticeship.

Danielle's profile

Caroline Mattock

Work Based Education Officer

Caroline is a Work Based Education Officer, supporting West Midlands Police student officers through their Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship. She ensures they have regular progress reviews and offers additional learning or pastoral support.

Caroline's profile

Reanon Rushton

Work-Based Education Officer

Reanon is a Work Based Education Officer within the Institute of Policing and she joined the University in February 2021.

Reanon's profile

Jennifer Rutter

Work Based Education Officer

Jennifer is a Work Based Education Officer within the Institute of Policing. She provides support and guidance to students who are enrolled on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.

Rebecca Slinger

Senior Work Based Education Officer

Rebecca is a Work Based Education Officer, currently supporting West Midlands PCDA students through their 3 year programme. Specialist knowledge is around supporting students with LSA and wellbeing management.

Rebecca's profile

Sarah Smeilus

Work Based Education Officer

Sarah is a Work Based Education Officer within the Institute of Policing. She works with student officers on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship across Staffordshire, West Mercia and West Midlands Police, supporting them on their journey.

Sarah's profile

Lee Smith

Work Based Education Officer

Lee is a Work Based Education Officer, working with Warwickshire Police. His main responsibilities include leading tripartite reviews, monitoring student officer progress on the PCDA, and being a primary contact for information, advice and guidance.

Lee's profile

Lisa Tien

Work Based Education Officer

As a Work Based Education Officer, Lisa supports West Midlands Police students on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme. She conducts tripartite reviews and offers pastoral support, ensuring successful apprenticeship career journeys.

Lisa's profile

Anna West

Work Based Education Officer

Anna is a Work Based Education Officer within the Institute of Policing. Working with West Mercia Police, she supports those on the PCDA. She provides guidance to student officers, helping them achieve the milestones of their degree apprenticeship.

Anna's profile

 

Learning Technologists

Our learning technologists provide an invaluable service, upskilling our team and student officers’ digital skills while advancing our technological capabilities.

Dr Craig Smith

Online Learning Technologist

Craig is a Learning Technologist in the Institute of Policing. He supports students and academic staff with use of technology to deliver a high-quality learning and teaching experience by providing support, training and technical administration

Craig's profile

Mohammed Imran

Online Learning Technologist

 

Professional support

Our professional support colleagues look after everything from workforce planning and compliance to recruitment and communications.

Dominic Bratt

Administrative Assistant - Evaluation

Dom is a Questionnaires Administrator who sometimes assists the IoP in areas such as data analysis and colleague support. Dom’s main interests are working with technology, data manipulation and coaching disability football

Dominic's profile

Rebecca Drury

Apprenticeship & Ilr Officer

Suzanne Gadsbey

Programme Assistant

Suzanne is the Programme Assistant for the Institute of Policing. She joined in October 2020 and is responsible for supporting our Senior Leadership Team through a multitude of key activities across the Institute.

Suzanne's profile

Jennifer Glover

Recruitment Development Officer

Jennifer is a Recruitment Development Officer working with our partner police forces to recruit and support student officers through the application stage. She also raises awareness of policing careers and develops widening participation initiatives.

Jennifer's profile

Philippa Harley

Resource Planner & Workforce Analyst

Philippa leads on the IoP's resource planning and workforce analysis. She was the recipient of the Institute's 'Outstanding Contribution' award in 2021 and was shortlisted for Staffordshire University's ‘Innovation Award’ in 2021.

Philippa's profile

Alison Scattergood

Registry Business Partner

Emma Spencer

Recruitment Development Officer

Emma is a Recruitment Development Officer working with our partner forces to raise awareness of police officer careers and to support student officers through the application stage. She also develops and delivers outreach and recruitment initiatives.

Emma's profile

Sheryl Wheeler

Recruitment Development Officer

Sheryl is a Recruitment Development Officer in the Institute of Policing working with our partner forces to promote careers in policing. Supporting student officers through the application process with a focus on diversity and widening participation.

Sheryl's profile

Kay Woolrich

Apprenticeship Officer

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