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Professor of Security and Fraud, University of Portsmouth

I am Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. We are the focus for research, teaching and knowledge services in counter fraud and related issues.

We have conducted research on a wide range of areas for bodies that include the Home Office, National Fraud Authority, EPSRC, Sentencing Council, Cifas, Midlands Fraud Forum, Crowe Clark Whitehill to name some.

I also have an interest in private policing, security management and the regulation of it and have been involved in helping to develop the standards for this for the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime.

I completed my first degree in Politics at the University of Exeter. My Masters was in Industrial Relations at the University of Warwick. I received my doctorate from the London School of Economics. I also hold a PgCert in Teaching and Learning from the University of Portsmouth. I am also a Fellow of the Security Institute.

I joined the University of Portsmouth in 1997 and rose from Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, Reader to Professor in 2012. I was also Associate Head (Curriclum) of my department between 2004-2012.

Before coming to the University I was a Research Assistant to the Rt Hon Bruce George MP. I have also served as a Councillor on Portsmouth City Council.

My research interests began with private policing with an interest in non-state contributions to policing. This led me to fraud where this is largely the case. Along that journey I have developed interests in the following areas:
Counter fraud
Computer misuse
Victims of fraud and computer misuse
Fraud measurement
Private policing
Security management
Private security regulation


  • –present
    Professor of security and fraud, University of Portsmouth


  • 2005 
    LSE, PhD