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Bob Broadhurst OBE QPM

Senior Lecturer, Major Incident and Public Order, London Policing College.

Bob is the professional lead policing major incidents, public order sporting and ceremonial events. He has extensive success and experience as the Chief Officer leading in these areas for the Metropolitan Police Service and particularly as the Gold Commander for the 2012 Olympics, several Royal Events and a number of incidents of major disorder. His experience extends to working with several other countries to develop their response within these high-risk areas.

Bob served for 36 years in the Metropolitan Police, London, from 1977 to 2013. Serving in uniform, he rose through the ranks, working mainly in South East London.

He became the head of Public Order and Operational Response, responsible for all aspects of policy, doctrine and training. In this role he had command of the public order branch, the dog section, mounted section, Air Support, marine section and CBRN, as well as all aspects of emergency preparedness and business continuity. One of the most experienced public order commanders in the UK, Bob was Gold for such iconic events as Trooping the Colour, Notting Hill Carnival, Tour de France, Papal visit, G20 and two Royal weddings. He was the Gold commander for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Bob is a fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management has a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Criminology (Fitzwilliam College Cambridge) and a first degree in Geography. He lectures for the Emergency Planning College, is an Associates with the College of Policing and delivers on the Indian Police Service Mid-Career Programme on mega event policing.

Roger retired from the Metropolitan Police Service having successfully completed a thirty-four-year career in 2012. He has a unique background in operational command having been pivotal in all major events in London for over 14 years. Accustomed to working at executive and tactical levels, he is well practiced in strategic risk management, managing complex threats to people, property, places and reputation; achieving business continuity and managing specialist teams with national and international responsibilities. He developed command centre processes and training programmes to prepare individuals and teams to command major events, including the 2012 London Olympics. He designed and successfully delivered leadership, incident management training and exercises to a variety of audiences in the UK and abroad. His professional and personal commitment was recognised by Her Majesty in 2007 when he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished Service.

Roger is now working as an Advisor, Trainer or Consultant and his portfolio includes; Associate Lecturer, Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College; Associate Tutor, College of Policing; Visiting Lecturer at several Universities; Editorial Panel Member for Crisis Response Journal; and a number of risk, crisis management and security projects with organisations. He also worked as an Advisor as part of security planning for 2022 FIFA World Cup for 18 months.

Roger is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management (FICPEM), Fellow of the Security Institute (FSyI), Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM). He has a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) and a Member of the Society for Education and Training (MSET)

Roger Gomm QPM

Claire Clark

Claire joined the Metropolitan Police Service in September 1991 after a BA (Hons) in English and Sociology. For the first 11 years of her service, as a constable and sergeant, she worked predominately on emergency response teams, gaining skills as a response driver, public order officer, loggist and PSU commander, specialist sexual offences investigator, officer safety instructor. As an inspector she had a number of leadership roles including responsibility for custody, volume crime investigations, neighbourhood policing at Notting Hill and the borough taskforce. She continued her public order event policing.

Promotion to Chief Inspector saw a move to Islington Borough where she had responsibility for neighbourhood policing with a focus on gangs intervention. Claire also became a trustee of the Ben Kinsella Trust, an education charity on knife crime. She continued with her public order event policing by becoming public order command trained and spending a significant number of weekends at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium. January 2014 she moved to a specialist partnership role in Diplomatic Protection. When she was promoted to Superintendent in September 2015, she remained in that department as lead for armed operations and oversaw the merger with the Parliamentary protection department. In November 2016 she moved to Harrow Borough which then merged with Barnet and Brent boroughs in April 2018. Claire took on the responsibility for all serious crime investigations across the three boroughs as the lead detective, including gang related activity and was PIP3 trained. Claire was promoted to Chief Superintendent just as the covid pandemic hit and since then she has been the officer responsible for policing activity across London in response to covid. In addition she leads the department responsible for all public order events in London which includes protest, sporting events, festivals, concerts and ceremonial events. She is a strategic Public Order Commander, a Multi-Agency Gold Incident Commander and a tactical CBRN commander.

Brought up in North London and educated at Saint Ignatius College in Enfield, Ben-Julian – or ‘BJ’, started policing when he joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 1990 as a Police Constable in the then Chingford and Walthamstow Division of North East London. He brought with him experience working in Customs and Excise as well as having been a reserve soldier in the Parachute Regiment.

Serving for 27 years across London BJ worked in a variety of roles. As a response officer and then on the Territorial Support Group in North London, where he gained his first promotion to Sergeant in 1996. He subsequently worked through the ranks to Area Commander for North West London in October 2014.

With a firm base in operational policing, he led the Tottenham High Road and the Broad water Farm Estate team. He then proceeded to become Chief Inspector in Operations at Paddington Green. He held responsibility for the Secure Counter Terrorist Custody suite, oversaw the implementation of Safer Neighbourhood Teams and oversaw the policing of Millwall Football Club whilst serving as Superintendent in charge of Crime and Operations in Lewisham. Finally, as the Borough Commander for Camden he was able to work closely with communities, policing a diverse and complex part of the capital.

From the onset BJ had an interest in the policing of public order and during his time at the Metropolitan Police Service, he gained the position of Commander Public Order for London. He led many high-profile policing operations at every rank including Notting Hill Carnival, large scale protests, football matches and crime operations. In the summer of 2012, BJ worked as one of the Silver Commanders for the London Olympics and was also one of the National Counter Terrorism Commanders.

Having been seconded as Deputy Chief Constable to Essex in 2017, BJ took over as Chief Constable on 4th October 2018. BJ leads one of the largest non-metropolitan forces with   over five and a half thousand officers, staff, and volunteers, within a force that comprises of many diverse challenges for modern policing. These include an extensive coastline with the major seaside town of Southend on Sea as well as international maritime ports in Thurrock and Tendring as well and Britain’s fourth busiest international airport. There is the significant garrison town in Colchester, a vast rural community, and many urban areas. Combined with the intricacies of bordering London, performing the role of Chief Constable of Essex Police is a complex and challenging role.

BJ has utilised his experiences gained whilst serving in the Metropolitan Police Service to great effect and has worked tirelessly on building community confidence within Essex. He has also sought to strengthen and develop multi-agency partnerships across a range of issues seeking to help the community, keep them safe and of course, catch criminals.

Overseeing the vast growth in the number of officer’s, staff and volunteers serving the Essex Community in recent years he has also been pivotal in supporting the modernisation of the  forces IT capability to ensure a force that is skilled, equipped and enabled for the 21st Century.

He continues to lead, endorse, and enhance the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Strategy within Essex Police, which is reflected in the widely accoladed “We Value Difference“ Recruitment Campaign and gained a positive peer review by the College of Policing. As the Chief Officer lead and ally for the LGBTQ+ forum he is able to further support inclusivity

Having built a strong and capable command team BJ has ensured Essex Police has been able to deal effectively with a number of significant events such as the  impact of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the tragic death of 39 migrants in a container lorry in Essex. The latter resulting in conviction and imprisonment of seven people for a total of over 92 years.

As the Chair of the Local Resilience Forum BJ coordinates collaborative working within the emergency planning arena across Southend, Essex, and Thurrock. He is also the Police National Lead for Public Order and Public Safety (NPOPS) which has recently found him as a member of the panel for the Joint Committee of Human Rights. He is also the president of the Essex Police Choir, Band and Sports Association.

CC BJ Harrington

Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington

Adam Ratcliffe

Adam Ratcliffe is the Crime Reduction Manager for Safer Business Network, a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company which implements and operates multiple award-winning Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRPs) across London.

Directly responsible for Westminster, Adam has also launched the BCRP for the City of London in partnership with the City of London Police. Adam works strategically with partners such as Police, Local Authorities, Landowners and BIDs, and Security companies to implement long-term crime prevention and community safety initiatives.

Before moving to London to join Safer Business Network, Adam was Chief Executive Officer for Cambridge Business Against Crime, the equivalent company in his hometown of Cambridge, joining the organisation after leaving Cambridgeshire Constabulary where he served as a Police Officer after leaving University.

A Law School graduate, Adam is also an Associate Lecturer in Criminology, Politics, and the Ethics of Policing, and has extensive experience in delivering training across a variety of subjects. He has a background in board-level engagement within the private and public sectors and working in multi-agency problem-solving partnerships.

Adam is an Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign, a charity working to prevent violence against women and girls and is committed to using his experience to improve safety for everyone.

Raya is the Programme Manager for the National Security Programme at techUK. Her role centres around working with techUK’s member companies and stakeholders to identify and dissect how new technologies present opportunities to strengthen our national security and expose vulnerabilities that threaten it. Raya is also responsible in improving the policy debate around technology and national security to make sure that policy keeps pace with technological, economic and geopolitical developments around the world. Raya’s main areas of focus are defence, cyber security, serious and organised crime and counter-terror policing.

Raya Tsolova (techUK)

Professor Colin Rogers

Colin Rogers is Professor of Policing and Security at the International Centre for Policing and Security, the University of South Wales, UK, and Adjunct Professor of policing at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia. A former police practitioner of 30 years’ service, Professor Rogers has published numerous articles and books on policing and crime matters, and has researched for governments, and  other agencies as well as teaching senior police officers  in countries such as Uruguay, Australia, Brunei, the Middle East, and European countries. His current research interests revolve around police education, the use of police volunteers and police legitimacy in changing times.

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