Industry Expert, SAS Public Security
John joined SAS as a Consultant in September 2009 having retired as a Detective Superintendent in Scotland’s largest force; Strathclyde Police.
In his police career spanning 30 years John developed a professional profile encompassing most aspects of policing with a particular emphasis on the specialist areas of investigation including national security matters. Furthermore, John has been immersed in a national programme of ICT enabled change and has accrued unparalleled experience in process improvement and the management of information assets within the criminal justice arena. As a senior officer working in this environment he developed an exceptional understanding of the political and cultural challenges of introducing change in a complex criminal justice environment.
John enjoyed a rich and varied career holding many high profile positions most recently, Programme Manager of the Scottish Information Management Project, a central enabler for the national change programme of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Scotland (ACPOS). The principal tenet of the programme is to deliver common integrated information and communication systems.
John’s wider police service has incorporated many specialist roles in which he accrued extensive experience in the investigation of national security matters and serious crime. He is a trusted individual who has held senior positions in many sensitive areas of policing.
His breadth of experience has allowed him to develop substantial knowledge across many disciplines and he has a detailed understanding of the cultural, legislative and regulatory challenges facing a modern service.