Our Mission

Our mission is to promote ‘Digital Safety for All’ by:

Supporting people, organisations and communities to increase their digital capability skills to become smarter and safer through education, sponsorship and thought leadership.

Advancing digital safety and innovation through cutting edge thought leadership, and professional development by facilitating relationships, partnerships, and joint ventures within public sector, third sector, academia and industry bodies.

Strengthening and sharing digital expertise, capabilities, hints, tips, and excellent practice.

Being inclusive of those who are at risk of digital harm or lack the basic skills needed to maintain their own online security.

OUR VISION

To be safe in a digital world we believe that there is a need to understand people and their behaviours as well as understanding the digital space and its ever changing fast paced information technology and infrastructure.

Digital Safety is concerned with understanding all the threats that arise from engagement with digital technology, from abuse, to fraud, to loss of privacy, and the dangers of disinformation. Ultimately, Digital Safety is not just about what we do online but also how it affects us in our everyday lives.

It is concerned also with the opportunities that technology offers to make us safer in all aspects of life, from developing ‘digital shields’ that safeguard those experiencing abuse, or an App that alerts people when they are in danger.

OUR TEAM

Our directors, network of academics, and associate consultants are constantly stretching our thinking to increase efficiency, reduce risk, and improve resilience and reliability, we strive to add value by working collaboratively with clients to deliver sustainable solutions.
Barbara Spooner

Barbara S. currently serves as the General Secretary for the World Police Summit Barbara has led and served in Specialist Human Intelligence Operations and Technical Commands within the national and international law enforcement and government environment, both within territorial policing and Serious and Organised Crime for more than 3 decades. During this time Barbara was also involved as a national executive lead for woman in policing, developing national policy and developing the strategic equality plan for serious organised crime squad. With extensive senior leadership experience in national and international policing including covert operations, operational leadership, programme management, and capability building. In 2014 her work was recognised, and she was invested as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her outstanding contribution to both leadership for women in law enforcement and services to covert intelligence operations. Barbara’s specialist operations work saw her delivering international projects, chairing a covert global task force of 22 countries for five years (including 5 eyes) and eventually commanding the National Crime Agency Communications Data Unit which included holding a leading role in the UK for implementation of new legislation.

Andy Jarman

Andy J. has transitioned an exemplary career spanning over 40 continuous years within policing and law enforcement to focus on the delivery of operational security, business transformation, change, risk management and customer relations. He has a diverse, in-depth knowledge of national security and operational delivery at all levels.  He is a specialist in covert policing, the management of sensitive intelligence and the investigative use of communications and digital data.  He is customer and stakeholder, end user focused.  He has a wealth of experience working within the Home Office, the National Crime Agency, and the Regional Organised Crime units. He has driven change on National Programmes and Projects including the delivery of target operating models and the introduction of new legislation, codes of practice and operating procedures.

Ian Groom

Ian G. is a retired police chief superintendent with over 30 years of policing experience. This experience includes leadership roles at a strategic and operational level mainly in investigation, covert policing, and intelligence, including extensive operational experience in the UK and abroad. Following his time with the UK police service Ian worked for 12 years in fragile and conflict affected states. Ian has advised on investigations into serious crime, including the trafficking of people, weapons, and drugs and on the development of a strategy and capability to tackle organised crime. He has worked on and led several door funded institutional development, and police reform projects, working with senior government officials at national level advising and influencing on approaches to change whilst working collaboratively to meet their needs and those of the donor nations.

Mark Addis

Mark A. has worked as a Senior Project Manager for the Home Office, National Crime Agency, the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence. Mark is experienced in delivering national projects including the introduction of new legislation and transformational business change. Mark has in-depth technical knowledge, working as a technical project manager having begun his career with IBM as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. Mark played an instrumental role in the successful migration of the Regional Organised Crime Units on to the National Crime Agency covert communications system.

Keith Fryer

Keith F. showcases a career spanning over 40 years as a Forensic Biologist with expertise in the strategic management and development of police forensic training, professional development and quality standards programmes. After starting his operational career in the Metropolitan Police, Keith has had senior roles in the Forensic Science Service, the Bermuda Department of Health, and the College of Policing. Keith has extensive experience of delivering police forensics training internationally, forming partnerships with law enforcement agencies in Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the Netherlands and Botswana amongst others.  As well as hosting national responsibility across all UK forces for the delivery and development of police forensic training programmes, Keith was Chair of the ENFSI (European Network of Forensic Science Institutes) Scene of Crime Working Group for 3 years and member of the EAFS (European Academy of Forensic Science) Triennial Meeting Steering Committee for 6 years. Keith was also responsible for the delivery of a number of EU funded Crime Scene training programmes, as well as being actively involved in the development of European Crime Scene ISO 17020 quality standards. In 2012 Keith was awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to Forensic Science.

Peter K. is a professor of information management and director of the centre for information management Loughborough University. Peter has previously fulfilled academic positions including head of business economics and strategy group at Manchester business school, Manchester university and positions in the department of computer science in Manchester and Warwick university. Peter’s achievements include having led and co-investigated research projects to a value of around £2 million, authored numerous academic papers and working with various companies such as British Telecommunications and Manchester FC. Notably, Peter is the co-creator of the Jubilee Time Capsule, an official project of the Diamond Jubilee.

Kayleigh Gatenby

Kayleigh G. is the Training Programmes and Events Coordinator of the Digital Safety CIC and has been an integral part of the team as they have grown and delivered programmes internationally. She holds qualifications in the field of criminology and policing including BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Science and MSc International and Transnational Policing. After completing her studies, Kayleigh was part of a collaborative team involved in the setup of a pathfinding Home Office Programme relating to digital capabilities before progressing to the set-up of a successful start-up company. She has experience working within the Foreign National Offenders Unit in Northumbria Police Force, analysing National processes around Human Trafficking referrals in the UK and writing a review into professional standards and processes within National Policing.

Claire Turnbull

Claire T. is the Digital Safety Team Leader and brings 22 years’ experience with Durham Constabulary, as both a staff member and Special Constable. Her previous role was Cyber Prevent, Protect and Prepare Supervisor. Claire has extensive experience of working with communities and SMEs, delivering awareness sessions and cyber exercises to help resilience against Cyber Crime. Also providing one-to-one advice and support to victims. Claire has undertaken several courses in Cyber Security, including training in CISM (Certificate in Information Security Management Principles), CompTIA Sec+ and Implementing Cyber Essentials from NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). Other training includes CEOP Ambassador from CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre), Neurodiversity from Creased Puddle, Digital Champions from Barclays, Friends Against Scams, Team Leading and PSHE.

Harvey Ellams

Harvey E. is our Security Architect. His track record includes pioneering solutions to enhance operational efficiency in diverse sectors. He possesses a strategic vision, interpreting contexts and guiding strategies in evolving industry landscapes. An adept communicator and trusted collaborator, Harvey forges key vendor partnerships, mobilises global workforces, and advises board-level Executives. Harvey’s expertise encompasses IT architecture and strategy development, specialising in aligning digital platforms with critical standards like PCI-DSS, GDPR, and ISO27001. He excels in implementing and managing Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) systems, enhancing security and access efficiency. Additionally, Harvey designs and maintains security processes, standardising rigorous Firewall reviews and innovating coding solutions for data security. He provides authoritative guidance in DevSecOps and Risk Management, influencing security policies and has been CISSP qualified since 2016.