25 Feb 2021 | Online
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Examining the future of national security - aligning with defence, development and foreign investment

In its 7th year, the National Security Summit will host a high-level discussion and essential update on strategy and policy developments to keep UK citizens safe.

This year we're delighted to announce that the event will now be brought to you by the team behind The House magazine - the leading publication for MPs and peers. This new collaboration provides a closer link between local security stakeholders and the changing policy landscape. 

The events of the past year have demonstrated both the vital role innovation technology has to play in securing the UK and brought into question how the nation thinks about national security. With the Government’s ongoing review of security, defence and development priorities, now more than ever.

Join senior stakeholders and leaders responsible for defining and delivering national security to review the priorities for the year ahead.

To reflect the broadening nature of national security, this year the agenda offers topics relating to both enforcement and defence.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence
  • Ian Dyson, Commissioner, City of London Police
  • Katy Bourne OBE, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
  • Matthew Barber, Thames Valley Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner

  • Dan Patefield, Head of Programme, Cyber and National Security, techUK

  • Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt, Minister for Investment, DfIT & BEIS
  • Jon Simmons, Head of Protection, Irregular Migration and Asylum Analysis and Migration Statistics, Home Office Analysis and Insight
  • Rebecca Chapman, Police Superintendent and Director, North East Business Resilience Centre
  • Peter Watkins, Associate Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House; Director General, UK Ministry of Defence (2014-18)
  • Keith Ditcham, Director, Organised Crime & Policing, RUSI
  • Will Moy, Chief Executive, Full Fact
  • Aimee Reed, Director of Data, Metropolitan Police Service 
  • Sir Paul Stephenson Kt QPM, Fmr. Commissioner, Metropolitan Police (Chair)

About the Event

Due to current uncertainty surrounding live events and restrictions around social distancing, this event will now take place online. As a delegate you can expect:

  • High quality and timely content as you would expect in a face-to-face event
  • Facilitated Q&A and panel discussions to put your questions to expert speakers
  • Scheduled breaks throughout the day to minimise screen fatigue
  • Delivered through a trusted, user-friendly platform
  • CPD accreditation on request for all registrants

Chair's Introduction

Sir Paul Stephenson Kt QPM, Fmr. Commissioner, Metropolitan Police (Chair)


Morning Keynote - Defence Threats ahead of the Integrated Review

What the Integrated Review means for Britain’s defence and security services

The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence


Plenary Panel Discussion - Blue Lights and Beyond: Developing UK Police and Security Technology Capabilities

  • What are the foreseeable resources, kit and innovations required by the police to effectively tackle crime and secure the UK?
  • As the public services spread operations across the physical and digital domains, how can security professionals protect both spaces?
  • How do the latest innovations in national security trickle down, from national priorities to local boots on the ground?
  • Engaging the community through secure technology: What are the public expecting to see, and what are law enforcement able to deliver?
  • Legacy of the pandemic. Has the past year improved the connectivity of officers and security services?
  • Moving beyond ‘doing the best with what we have’: Identifying the latest innovators and disruptors in security technologies.

Katy Bourne OBE, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Matthew Barber, Thames Valley Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner

Keith Ditcham, Director, Organised Crime & Policing, RUSI

Dan Patefield, Head of Programme, Cyber and National Security, techUK (Session Moderator)


Morning Break 


Securing Safe Foreign Investment into the UK

  • Defining national security within the context of foreign investment

  • What does the National Security and Investment (NSI) Bill mean for investors in the UK, and how can it be implemented effectively?

  • Welcoming investment, shutting out those who threaten the UK’s safety

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt, Minister for Investment, DfIT & BEIS


Developing the role of National Cyber Defence

  • A GCHQ and Ministry of Defence (MoD) partnership has been avowed, which is conducting cyber operations to disrupt hostile state activities, terrorists and criminals threatening the UK’s national security.
  • What does this mean for the wider cyber security environment?
  • What is cyber's role in the government's prosperity agenda? 
  • Looking to the future: the UK's position as a leader in cyber security
  • How can we secure the manpower to build a world-leading cyber profession?

Rebecca Chapman, Police Superintendent and Director, North East Business Resilience Centre

Peter Watkins, Associate Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House; Director General, UK Ministry of Defence (2014-18)




Prioritising Economic Crime in National Security

  • Rethinking the approach to tackling Economic Crime in the UK Hearing the experiences of the National lead force for Fraud
  • Importance of collaboration: working with law enforcement partners to help discover and disrupt criminal activity taking place in the real world or online
  • Challenges for law enforcement in tackling Economic Crime

Ian Dyson, Commissioner, City of London Police


Managing the Impact and Mitigating the Risk of Misinformation

  • Countering the dissemination of reliable, truthful information that underpins our democracy
  • How the pandemic saw false information colliding with all of our lives -- with disastrous consequences
  • A new way forward for fighting misinformation

Will Moy, Chief Executive, Full Fact


The current outlook on migration trends in the UK

  • The importance of research and statistics in informing policy development and operational activity
  • Insight into the latest migration trends and where things might go in the future
  • With the addition of COVID-19 to geopolitical issues such as Brexit and ongoing cross-border terrorism, what does this mean for migration to the UK?

Jon Simmons, Head of Protection, Irregular Migration and Asylum Analysis and Migration Statistics, Home Office Analysis and Insight


Managing Lawful Surveillance in Post-Brexit UK

  • Has policing got its head around data ethics?
  • What are the challenges regarding data & surveillance? Hear sharp edged operational experience of how a force is trying to improve that
  • Examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has dovetailed with the spread of digital surveillance
  • Outlining the ambition to establish the most data driven police force in the world

Aimee Reed, Director of Data, Metropolitan Police Service 


Chair's closing remarks

The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Secretary of State for Defence

Ben Wallace was appointed Secretary of State for Defence on 24 July 2019.

Ben first entered politics as a Member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Following a move to Lancashire, he was elected to the UK House of Parliament in 2005. His first job in Government was as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Veteran Cabinet Minister the Rt. Hon Ken Clarke QC, as Justice Secretary. He has served as a whip, the Northern Ireland Minister and lastly the UK’s longest serving Security Minister.

In 2008, he was awarded ‘Campaigner of the Year’ by The Spectator after leading calls for improved transparency and the reform of parliamentary expenses.

He was elected the Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North in May 2010, and formerly MP for Lancaster and Wyre in 2005.

Ben Wallace was Minister of State for Security at the Home Office from 17 July 2016 to 24 July 2019. He was in position during the terror attacks of 2017 and the Russian State attack in Salisbury in 2018.

Stephen Mold
Northamptonshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner

Stephen Mold was elected Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2016 and in January 2019, took over the governance of the Fire & Rescue Service to become Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Having worked for 20 years in leadership positions in the private sector, chiefly in information technology, Stephen has a passion to ensure that both Services make the best use of new technology to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Stephen has laid firm foundations with Northamptonshire Police to develop into a high-performing Force intervening early to prevent crime and robustly enforcing the law. Now with responsibility for Fire, Stephen wants to provide a stable platform delivering the best possible service to the public.

He is Chair of the Police ICT Board, a member of the board of the College of Policing and serves on the board of both the National Enabling Programme and the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme. 

Katy Bourne OBE
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

Katy Bourne was raised and schooled in Sussex before graduating from Aberystwyth University. She still lives in mid-Sussex, is married to Kevin and has two adult sons. She was a successful businesswoman before entering politics and retains a keen interest in innovative business start-ups especially green technologies.

Katy is in her second term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, when she more than doubled her majority. The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to account for the performance of the force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime, including restorative justice and to deliver community safety initiatives and crime reduction grants.

Katy brings a genuine passion and commitment to make a difference and her work to support victims of crime has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers. Katy was also nationally recognised for founding the award-winning Sussex Youth Commission in 2013 and the Sussex Elders’ Commission in 2015.

Katy is a former Director of the Board of the College of Policing and former advisor to the editorial board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network. She is currently Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board; Chair and National Spokesperson of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners Digital Policing & Technology Portfolio; and former Chair and a non-Exec Director of the national Police ICT Company.

In June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in July 2019 she was elected Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

Matthew Barber
Thames Valley Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

Matthew was appointed as the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) after a confirmation hearing at the Police and Crime Panel meeting on 16th December 2016.

He has been a member of Vale of White Horse District Council since 2003 and was Leader of the Council from 2011 to 2018. He currently represents the Steventon & the Hanneys ward.

Cllr Barber is married with two daughters. He lives in the village of West Hanney, and has lived in Oxfordshire most of his life. He grew up in Faringdon and was first elected to for the Faringdon & The Coxwells ward.

Keith Ditcham
Director, Organised Crime and Policing, RUSI

Keith Ditcham is Senior Research Fellow and (Acting) Director of RUSI’s Organised Crime and Policing Research Group, bringing over 19 years’ experience and thematic expertise in serious and organised crime. He has worked in North, Central and South America and within Europe. His expertise includes counter narcotics and associated money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption investigations, human trafficking, illegal immigration, fraud, and firearms trafficking. He possesses a detailed knowledge of the factors which enable SOC, its impact and how it affects specific outcomes.

Keith has worked extensively with the UK Government on addressing serious and organised crime. He brings advanced expertise in organised crime at both a ‘practitioner’ and strategic level working with HMG to formulate plans and action to tackle the harm to the UK. He has built an impressive portfolio of international contacts at a governmental, law enforcement, industry level and within the intelligence and security services.

Daniel Patefield
Head of Programme, Cyber and National Security, techUK

Daniel has been Head of Programme, Cyber and National Security at techUK since February 2020, having previously been a Programme Manager working across Cyber and Central Government Programmes.

Ian Dyson
Commissioner, City of London Police

Ian joined the City of London Police as Commander in September 2010. He led on organisational change and on economic crime, expanding the force’s national fraud responsibilities. He was also the National Police Lead for Contact Management and led the national roll-out of the 101 non-emergency number.

He was promoted to Commissioner on 3 January 2016.

In June 2016 Ian stepped up further from his information assurance portfolio and took National Policing Lead for the Information Management and Operational Requirements Coordination Committee. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2016 New Year Honours.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt
Minister for Investment, DfIT & BEIS

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt was appointed unpaid Minister for Investment jointly at the Department for International Trade and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on 18 March 2020.

Before joining government, his career spanned the private and public sectors. His roles have included chairman of Barclays Bank plc and Standard Life Aberdeen, as well as lead non-executive on the board of the Ministry of Defence.

The Minister’s responsibilities include developing a new investment strategy, increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) and portfolio investment into the UK and ensuring that BEIS policy and sectoral engagement is aligned with DIT’s investment objectives.


Peter Watkins
Associate Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House; Director General, UK Ministry of Defence (2014-18)

Peter Watkins is a Visiting Professor with the School of Security Studies, King's College London; a Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics IDEAS; an Associate Fellow, Chatham House; and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council.  He was formerly the Director General Strategy & International (2017-18) and Director General Security Policy (2014-17) in the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). In these roles, he was responsible for strategic policy & planning; defence relations with NATO, the EU, the Five Eyes, and with key bilateral allies; and defence policy aspects of cyber, space and novel technologies.  Previous roles included Director General of the Defence Academy (2011-14) and Director of Operational Policy (2008-11).  

Rebecca Chapman
Police Superintendent and Director, North East Business Resilience Centre

Rebecca is a Superintendent with 27 years policing experience across uniform and CID disciplines, both at a District level and Central Departments such as Intelligence, Legal Services, Performance, Policy, Criminal Justice and Custody. She has a keen interest in collaboration and the cyber world, having worked on many collaborative projects, she has a proven track record of delivery as a project manager. Rebecca is a Firearms commander, Post Incident Manager, CBRN commander and works for the South Yorkshire Force. She is currently seconded to the North East Transformation, Innovation and collaboration (NETIC) team working on collaboration opportunities in digital forensics, cyber volunteers and forensics. Rebecca is married to a fellow officer, lives in Sheffield, has two teenage children and a dog.

Jon Simmons
Head of Protection, Irregular Migration and Asylum Analysis and, Deputy Director for Migration Statistics, Home Office Analysis and Insight

Jon Simmons has been the deputy director for analysis of migration and border policy in the UK Home Office since 2009. Previously, he was in charge of Crime and Policing research and statistics and he also spent two years on secondment to the Office for National Statistics.  Jon has had a long career in social policy analysis within Government and was the author of the ‘Review of Crime Statistics’ (Home Office, 2000) – also referred to as ‘The Simmons Report’. In his current role he has overseen a range of publications on migration and provides analytical advice to Home Office policymakers and Ministers. Jon’s team also publish the Home Office Immigration Statistics and collaborate with the Office for National Statistics on a wide range of migration statistics developments. Jon also speaks about UK and international migration trends in a range of national and international fora.

Will Moy
Chief Executive, Full Fact

Will has led Full Fact since its founding, more than a decade ago. He has also served on advisory groups for the Economic and Social Research Council, Ofcom, the Pew Charitable Trusts and HM Treasury—and regularly gives evidence to select committees and other inquiries.

Aimee Reed
Director of Data, Metropolitan Police Service

Raised in the East Midlands, Aimee left her beloved NFFC season ticket behind to study at University before joining the MPS in 2001 as an Intelligence Analyst. After passing the Police Strategic Command Course (2015), Aimee has used her 20 years experience in Intelligence and Covert Policing, to drive the MPS data transformation programme. This included standing up the first Data Office in policing. A professed data geek and mother of two (aged 1 and 4) Aimee is passionate that data be treated as a valuable asset; we need high-quality data to drive operational outcomes and focused investment in our data professionals.

Sir Paul Stephenson Kt QPM
Fmr. Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

After almost 36 years as a police officer, Sir Paul retired from the service in July 2011, having held senior command positions in Merseyside, Lancashire and London. During his tenure as Chief Constable of Lancashire he was the national Chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers Crime Committee.

His time in Lancashire saw the organisation being rated as one of the leading forces in England and Wales and during his period as Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) he presided over real falls in key crimes whilst effecting significant service cost reductions. As one of the most experienced police leaders in the country and senior UK police officer as the Commissioner of the MPS, he has advised UK governments on issues ranging from counter terrorism to serious organised crime and national police improvements. Sir Paul has served as Trustee for a number of charities, including currently Crimestoppers UK. He now divides his time between a small number of consultancy and executive directorship roles, along with country sports and family pursuits.

Who should attend?

Anyone from Police Forces, Central Government, Local Authorities and all government law enforcement agencies to include policy makers, managers and practitioners.

Previous delegates include professionals with the following job titles: 

  • Chief Executive 
  • Head of Business Assurance
  • Head of Joint Operations
  • Ports Coordinaton Manager
  • Head of Intelligence
  • Security Coordinator
  • Chief Inspector 
  • Head of Law Enforcement Business Development 
  • Prevent Officer
  • Counter Intelligence Operator
  • Director of Security, Order and Counter-Terrorism

From organisations including: 

  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service
  • Ministry of Defence 
  • NHS England
  • Home Office 
  • National Counter Terrorism Policing Command
  • Civil Nuclear Constabulary
  • City of London Corporation 
  • DVLA
  • Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs

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