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Dr Erin Sanders-McDonagh is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. She holds a double honours degree in politics and literature from the College of William and Mary (Virginia, USA), an MSc in Gender, Sexuality and Culture (University of London), as well as an MA in Research Methods and a PhD in Sociology (both awarded by the University of Nottingham).

Erin is the acting Director of Studies for the MA in Research Methods in the School, and the Athena Swan lead for the SSPSSR.

Erin is a feminist public scholar with a commitment to radical and engaged pedagogic practices. Her research explores inequality in different forms, and she has worked with a range of marginalised groups in recent research projects (including sex workers, young people at risk of sexual exploitation, women who have experienced sexual or domestic violence, and young offenders). Erin has a strong commitment to working with scholars from across disciplinary boundaries and to moving research findings beyond academia into the public arena. She has undertaken research in Southeast Asia, and is interested in exploring issues related to women’s health and well-being in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. 

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John Pitts is Vauxhall Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Bedfordshire, Visiting Professor of Criminology at the Universities of Suffolk and Kent and Visiting Professor of Youth Justice at the University of Politics and Law, Shanghai. He has worked in publishing and as a school teacher; a street and club-based youth worker; a group worker in a Young Offender Institution and as a consultant on youth crime and youth justice to the police and youth justice and legal professionals in the UK, mainland Europe, the Russian Federation and China.

He has written extensively about youth justice in England and Wales, most notably in The New Politics of Youth Crime (Macmillan, 2001) and in the past ten years he has undertaken studies of violent youth gangs and drug markets in London, Manchester and West Yorkshire, some of the findings of which are recounted in Reluctant Gangsters (Routledge, 2008).

Since 2007 he has acted as an adviser on violent youth gangs to local authorities and police forces. He was a consultant to the Centre for Social Justice inquiry into violent youth gangs in the UK, published as Dying to Belong (2009) and a participant in the Prime Minister's Gang Summit in October 2011. He was deputy chair of the London Gangs Forum and was a member of the Children's Commissioner's Inquiry into Child and Adolescent Sexual Exploitation. Since 2013 he has been undertaking research on pathways into, and multi-agency responses to, organised crime in Greater Manchester.

In July 2011 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters for ‘ ... his published work and research, the conspicuous ability and originality of which constitutes a distinguished and sustained achievement which has contributed significantly to the development of youth justice in England and Wales.’

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Gwenton Sloley has worked in the housing sector as a specialist in relation to the housing of ex offenders, vulnerable young people and their families for over 10 years. During this time he became involved in the professional development of professionals in related sectors through his training and books. He has made a point of remaining rooted in the communities he serves which he believes has greatly contributed to the efficacy of his work.

Gwenton is recognised as having saved many lives in the community through his interaction and engagement over the last 10 years. The Home Office have recognised his amazing achievements in monetary terms by stating that he has saved the tax payer approximately £42,500,000 during that period. His intervention and support by preventing the loss of life over the time he has been working has not only prevented a loss of a life but has saved many families and communities the devastation that impacts following such a loss.
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Professor Sarah Hainsworth FREng is a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University.  She is a Professor of Materials and Forensic Engineering.  In January 2019, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours List for her services to Engineering and Forensic Science.

Sarah has significant experience of senior strategic leadership through her current role, where she leads the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University which has ~3800 students and ~350 staff and covers subjects ranging from Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic and Chemical Engineering to Maths, Computer Science, Chemistry, Logistics and Engineering Leadership. Previously she was Graduate Dean and Head of Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester.  While in this role, in 2013, Sarah’s expertise helped establish the manner of King Richard III’s death at the Battle of Bosworth through analysing wound marks found on his skeleton.

In addition to her leadership roles, Sarah is an internationally renowned researcher and forensic science expert on stabbing, tool marks in dismemberment, and knife sharpness, providing reports to police forces across the UK. Her research gives an understanding of the factors involved in creating knife wounds and provides a framework for assessing the level of force used in knife crime

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Professor David Shemmings is Professor of Child Protection Research at the University of Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and Co-Director of the university's new Centre for Child Protection. His interest, experience and expertise are in child protection.

David was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2014 for 'Services to Child Protection'. He is also a visiting Professor of Child Protection Research at Royal Holloway College, University of London. Prior to coming to Kent in 2007, David was Professor of Social Work Research at Middlesex University. 

Author of more than 60 articles, books and chapters on relationally-based social work theory, research and practice. In 2010 David co-authored a government-funded, C4EO Knowledge Review on Working with Highly Resistant Families.

Currently he leads the Advanced Child Protection stream within the West London Alliance Post-qualifying Initiative (involving eight London boroughs) and also directs the Attachment and Relationship-based Practice training in 40 child protection organisations across the UK and Europe. 
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Dr Young has over 15 years’ experience in developing and managing research projects and specialises in social research with ‘hard to reach’ and ‘vulnerable groups’. 

The central focus of her research is on marginalised young people as perpetrators and victims of anti-social behaviour and violent crime. She is interested in the manifestation of the ‘gang’ as a social problem in the UK in the context of an increasingly punitive statutory response to youth crime, and how gang-associated girls and young women formulate their identity, exercise control and power, and avoid victimisation.

Dr Young has also conducted research on mentoring as a strategy for ‘at risk’ young people, crime displacement, sexual violence (including multiple perpetrator rape) and domestic violence.

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Professor Jane Reeves leads on child protection education and simulation development at the University of Kent. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) and Director of Studies for the distance learning MA in Advanced Child Protection. A qualified social worker, Jane completed her MPhil. (Kent) and PhD. (Open University) analysing young people in or on the cusp of the care system who were young parents.

Since becoming Co-Director of CCP she has worked in partnership with a variety of statutory and third sector agencies and led and co-written several immersive simulations. The simulations tackle complex inter-professional issues including sexual abuse (‘Rosie 1’ 2011); neglect (‘Rosie 2’ 2012); radicalisation and extremism (‘Zak’ 2013); paedophilia (‘Elliot’ 2013) and child sexual exploitation (‘Looking out for Lottie’ 2014) and she is currently working with CAFCASS on ‘Rosie goes to court’ (2015) a simulation for professionals and young people on the experience of the court and court processes. The simulations have attracted a variety of awards and are being widely used across the UK by professionals and, in the cases of ‘Zak’ and ‘Lottie’, directly with young people.

Her research and publication interests have recently developed to working with psychology to evaluate the simulations developed by the Centre, recently completing a study using eye tracker and emotion reader software to evaluate professional responses to situations in the simulations and evaluating the effectiveness of Zak with teachers as a teaching tool in the classroom. She has also recently completed project Rita, collaborating with the University of Portsmouth and two SME’s to design a new approach to artificially intelligent care.

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Dr Mike Beckett qualified from Kings College Hospital Medical School in London and has been a consultant in emergency medicine at West Middlesex University Hospital since 1987.

He is also the clinical tutor for the hospital and is interested in how doctors are trained for the changing health service.  He is an examiner for the College of Emergency Medicine exit exam and is one of the editors of the Emergency Medicine Journal.

In his spare time the father-of-five enjoys sailing small boats along the north Kent coast. He and his wife, also a doctor, have a cottage in Faversham. Their son and daughter-in-law live in Sevenoaks.

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Dr John Crichton is an Honorary Fellow at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and consultant forensic psychiatrist at the Orchard Clinic, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Scotland’s first medium secure unit.

After studying psychology and medicine at Nottingham University, John Crichton completed initial training in Psychiatry at Cambridge. At the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, he completed a PhD investigating the management of violence and other challenging behaviour involving psychiatric inpatients.

John Crichton has published over 40 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and edited the book Psychiatric Patient Violence: Risk and Response. He has held the post of Medical Director of the Forensic Network and State Hospitals’ Board for Scotland.

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Niven Rennie has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape). 

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.

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Conference Chair - The Rt Revd Simon Burton-Jones

Simon was born and brought up in Fleetwood, Lancashire, studied law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and worked as a researcher and political campaigner before ordination. He trained at St John’s College, Nottingham and was ordained as Deacon in the Diocese of Blackburn in 1993, becoming Team Curate at St Peter, Darwen and St Paul, Hoddlesden (1993-96) and has served in the Diocese of Rochester as Curate of St Mark, Biggin Hill (1996-98), Priest in Charge and then Vicar of St Mary, Bromley (1998-2005), Area Dean of Bromley (2001-2006), and Rector of St Nicholas, Chislehurst (2005-2010) before being appointed Archdeacon of Rochester (2010 – 2018).

Simon is now the seventh Bishop of Tonbridge, having been consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral exactly twenty-five years to the day since being ordained for the first time.
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Patrick Regan OBE is the founder of urban youth work charity XLP. Founded in 1996 in response to a stabbing in a local school playground, the charity now works with over 1000 children and young people on a 1-2-1 and small group basis per week. XLP is working to create positive futures for young people and make a serious and sustainable impact on poverty and educational failure. Patrick has travelled to over thirty countries working with and on behalf of the poorest communities and is a regular contributor on radio and TV on issues of poverty and justice. He received the Mayor of London Peace Award in 2010 for his valuable contribution towards peace and justice.

Patrick is a passionate communicator and equally at home on the main stage at a major UK political party conference, engaging in robust debate in the media, connecting with business and community leaders, speaking to inmates in a maximum security prison or gang leaders in Jamaica. He is the author of four books, the most recent being When Faith Gets Shaken. He is also on the advisory board of The Centre for Social Justice and is a UK ambassador for Compassion.

Patrick was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from London South Bank University in 2016 for his contribution to peace and social justice.

Patrick lives with his wife Diane and their four children.

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Katherine Jackson is a TECHNE funded PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research examines the role of cutlery in nineteenth-century culture and society, focusing on the history of knives, forks and spoons. Katy’s research has explored the evolving design of knives and their relationship to violence.

In 2017 she was awarded the Robert B. Partlow, Jr Prize from the Dickens Society of America to present the paper ‘Controlling Cutlery: Objects of Anxiety, Humiliation and Identity’ at the Dickens Symposium ‘Interdisciplinary Dickens’ in Boston. She has also spoken at conferences held at the Geffrye Museum of the Home, the University of St Andrews, and at Glendon College for the Victorian Studies Association in Ontario.

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Professor Susan McVie is Chair of Quantitative Criminology within the School of Law. She has several major research roles within the School and plays a significant role with in the Scottish and UK research community.

She is Director of the ESRC-funded Understanding Inequalities (UI) project which aims to create an innovative and ambitious programme of research on the causes, consequences and policy implications of social inequaltieis across different dimensions and spatial scales. 

Susan is Co-Director of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, a prospective longitudinal study of youth offending based at the University of Edinburgh since 1998. She has responsibility for strategic management of the research programme and plays a key role in advancing statistical analysis of the data and publishing the results of the research.  She is also research leader for the crime and justice work package of the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland.  She is a member of the Management Committee for the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, another collaborative initiative involving Stirling, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Edinburgh Universities in partnership with the other Scottish HEIs. 

Susan founded the Applied Quantitative Methods Network(AQMeN) in 2009 and was Director of a major programme of research and training until 2017.  She is currently Co-Director of AQMeN and is involved in developing a programme of training for business and industry. 

Please note this page contains confirmed speakers however in the unlikely event that a speaker has to cancel, the organisers can not be held responsible for any loss. More speakers will be attending and this page will be updated as soon as they confirm.