DCS John Denley

DCS John Denley

DCS Denley joined West Midlands Police in 1999 and spent the first half of his service in uniformed policing roles in Solihull, Coventry and Birmingham City Centre.

In 2008 John successfully applied for a role on the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit where he served as a Detective Inspector before become the deputy head and then head of the CTU investigations department. During this time he has significant command responsibilities in WMCTU investigations, involving some of the most significant UK mainland terrorist plots in recent years, including the 'London Stock Exchange' plot in 2010, the foiled suicide attack plan in 2011, and the failed attack on the Dewsbury EDL in 2012.

In 2013 John was posted to the Force CID department as the lead for serious and organised crime where he was responsible for implementing a 4P approach to tackle a range of threats such as firearms, child sexual exploitation and abuse, cybercrime and fraud.

John is currently the head of the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit.

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie

At just 25, Ashley is one of the brightest talents in West Midlands politics and policing.


Born and bred in Kingstanding, Birmingham, he has worked at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner since 2014 and has played a huge part in transforming West Midlands Police's Stop and Search policy. Ashley produced a schools workshop that explained and broke down barriers about Stop and Search for young people, as well as working directly with the force to drive down the number of people unnecessarily stopped yet improving the arrest rate.

The Nottingham University graduate, who became Assistant PCC from his role as a researcher, now plans to turn his attention to the force's youth engagement policy, leading on a Gangs & Violence Commission and creating a police cadet scheme. This is all part of his passion for transparency, intelligence-led policing and fostering positive relations between the police and young people.


The former Great Barr School student previously worked as a researcher for Shadow Policing Minister Jack Dromey MP and ran campaigns for Gisela Stuart MP. He is also involved in European think tank, Success, looking at diversity and members of BME communities across Europe.

Outside of work is an active fundraiser for sickle cell charities, having lost his grandfather to the disease.


Ashley said: "I've always been passionate about helping others and I've always wanted to make a difference.
"I don't believe in just sitting down and doing nothing - I want to get out there and change things for the better.
"Yes, I am young but the West Midlands is a young and vibrant region and I reflect that. I am here to get things done.
"I am honoured to be given the position of Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner and cannot wait to start making real changes for the better."

DCI Rob Harris

DCI Rob Harris

The Law Enforcement Response to Cyber


DCI Rob Harris will give an insight into the issues facing law enforcement when targeting cyber offending, including an overview of the national strategy, delivery of a service at a regional and local level, and an insight into the challenges we all face when confronted with the complexities of the current cyber threat.


Rob started his policing career in 1989 when he joined Nottinghamshire Police as a Constable. After a few years working in various uniform response roles he moved into CID in 1995 where he was responsible for the investigation of serious crimes, working on many high profile cases including robberies, murders and financial crime. He moved to the West Midlands area in 2004 when he transferred to Warwickshire Police, and following promotion he undertook a number of roles including Digital Forensics, Fraud, and Financial Investigation. In 2013 he moved to the Regional Organised Crime Unit and was tasked with setting up the first West Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit. This saw the creation of a specialist team dedicated to tackling the most serious cases of Cyber Crime, and has resulted in a number of complex investigations and the subsequent convictions of offenders who were causing significant harm regionally, nationally and internationally.


Jane Burns

Jane Burns

Anthony Collins

Jane heads up the specialist Data Protection and Privacy Team at Anthony Collins solicitors. This involves providing cross-departmental assistance for clients in all sectors on a wide variety of information law matters, particularly data protection and privacy law, for which she has a particular passion and expertise. Jane’s role involves providing strategic and pragmatic advice to clients on all aspects of data protection and privacy and providing bespoke training on the subject for clients in all sectors.

Jane has previously worked within the data protection team of a leading building society and as an IT contracts and data protection solicitor for a niche technology law firm. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for IT and holds their ISEB Certificate in Data Protection, widely recognised as the key UK qualification for data protection and privacy practitioners.

Nigel Hawthorn - Skyhigh Networks

Nigel Hawthorn - Skyhigh Networks

Nigel Hawthorn - Skyhigh Networks

Nigel Hawthorn has been talking about security, privacy, mobility and cloud computing for longer than he cares to admit. His view is that often the greatest computing problem is making sure that the IT team and non-IT teams are working together and each understand the other’s point of view. A lot of the last two years have been spent discussing GDPR and his book “GDPR – An Action Guide for IT” is available here. He will bring copies of his book along with him as well as discuss enabling safe cloud computing; how to gain visibility into shadow IT, the risks and benefits of cloud and how to ensure that users can get the benefits while ensuring data security.



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