Our experts

We have one of the strongest police education teams in the UK university sector

All of our experts have direct experience of working in the field, many as senior figures.

Made up of former chief constables, inspectors of UK police forces, police trainers, senior criminal investigators, senior customs officers and world-renowned researchers, our tutors and advisers offer valuable practical experience and insight, as well as the latest academic theory and thinking. 

Professor Malcolm Todd BA PhD, Pro Vice-Chancellor - Student Experience

Malcolm joined the University of Derby in 2014 as Dean of College. He is a national teaching fellow and has published widely on issues of race, ethnicity, democracy and social policy. Read more about Professor Malcolm Todd

Professor Ray Bull BSc MSc DSc CPsychol, Professor of Investigation

Professor Bull is one of the world leaders in investigation and criminal psychology. His major research interest is the investigative interviewing of suspects, witnesses and victims. He also conducts research on witness memory, including voice recognition. His role within the Institute is to assist with the MSc in Criminal Investigation and to co-supervise PhD students. Read more about Professor Ray Bull

Dr Philip Hodgson BA CQSW MPhil (Cantab) MBA PhD FHEA, Head of Department for Law, Criminology and Social Sciences

Before entering academia, Dr Hodgson was the Strategic Crime Lead at Nottingham’s Crime and Drug Partnership. He has a wealth of practical experience, having worked for the police, probation, the youth court and the voluntary sector, and he is a former independent member of Nottinghamshire Police Authority. Read an interview with Dr Philip Hodgson

Mr Nick Howe MA FHEA, Head of Leadership Education

Mr Howe was formerly a police chief superintendent with Staffordshire Police and also served as a staff officer with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), inspecting police forces throughout England and Wales. He was a police firearms and public order commander and also commanded sporting and other major events. He is now a senior lecturer in criminology and his teaching focuses on police leadership, ethics and contemporary issues in policing. Read an interview with Nick Howe

Professor Geoff Berry BA, Professor in Criminal Justice

Professor Berry has worked in the crime, community safety and criminal justice area for over 30 years, holding a number of executive research posts in the police, government, private sector and academia. He has published widely and has extensive experience in managing major national and international projects, working in countries such as Canada, Australia, the USA and others in Eastern Europe.

He was Senior Academic Adviser to the UK Home Office research programme from 2000 to 2012, where he helped to shape national policing research policy and practice. His research interests include partnership, neighbourhood policing, evidence-based practice and problem solving. His work on evaluation in a policing context is widely acknowledged.

Mr Tony Blockley BA MBA, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Investigation

Mr Blockley was a detective chief superintendent and Head of Crime for Derbyshire Police up until 2010, when he left the service to form his own investigation and management consultancy business. He worked for a number of years in Northern Ireland investigating and reviewing the deaths attributable to 'The Troubles' and continues to conduct statutory domestic homicide reviews. 

Mr Michael Usherwood MSc CMgr FCMI FHEA, Senior Lecturer in Police Leadership

Mr Usherwood specialises in management studies, with particular focus on work-based learning. Michael commenced his policing career in the Metropolitan Police Service, later moving to Derbyshire Constabulary, where he rose to the rank of chief superintendent and divisional commander. He has a wealth of operational experience in uniform and was regularly called on to act as a gold and silver commander for firearms and public order incidents. 

Mr George Ellison LLB FHEA Barrister-at-Law, Senior Lecturer in Law

Mr Ellison worked for Merseyside police for 33 years, latterly as a detective sergeant working in the Serious Crime Unit. He was also engaged in training and was part of a team responsible for the introduction of the police degree programme.

George now specialises in teaching public law, human rights, and crime. His research has centred on children with autism within the criminal justice system.

Dr Ian Turner PhD NTF FHEA MCSFS MSB, Head of Forensic Science

Dr Turner studied forensic science at Kings College London before completing his PhD in nanotechnology. He is currently Head of Forensic Science at the University of Derby and a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science.

Ian specialises in forensic handwriting and document analysis and conducts research in these areas. In 2014 he was made a national teaching fellow, a nationwide award for the most innovative and engaged teachers in higher education.

Ms Angie Neville MSc, Lecturer in Criminal Investigations and Policing

Ms Neville is a former senior police trainer and criminal investigator. She worked for Derbyshire police for 20 years – firstly as a police officer, then as a detective, then finally as the lead trainer for the initial detective training programme. As a detective she dealt with serious sexual offences, particularly rape, and so her research focuses on this area. She has recently begun a PhD, for which she is exploring the use of restorative justice for domestic abuse crimes.

Mr Mark Flint-Freel MSc, Lecturer in Criminology

Mr Flint-Freel worked in the police service for 30 years, in both London and Derbyshire. He worked in a wide variety of departments, such as firearms and close protection, roads, community safety, crime prevention, and training.

Mark now teaches policing modules on the University’s criminology degrees and he also developed and delivered the first Police Cadet Summer School with Nottinghamshire Police in 2014.

Mr Jon Wright FHEA, Programme Leader for Forensic Sciences

Mr Wright has over 15 years’ experience in forensic science, working for the Metropolitan Police and the Forensic Science Service. Jon has worked in a number of forensic departments including the Fire Investigation Unit, the Serious Crime Unit, the DNA Profiling Section and the Research and Design Department.

Jon teaches in a wide range of areas at the University including crime scene investigation and management, and forensic techniques. He is an expert and undertakes research in blood spatter analysis and the forensic analysis of firearms.

Dr David Hicks BA MA PhD, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Dr Hicks is a senior lecturer in criminology, Head of Research for Postgraduate Criminology, and Programme Leader for the MSc Criminal Investigation. He has 20 years of academic and professional service experience, and is a specialist in financial/economic crime, financial investigation, organised crime, criminal/financial intelligence and crime prevention.

Mr Adam S. Long MPhil FHEA MCSFS, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Mr Long has over ten years' experience as a forensic scientist, initially as a research biochemist then as an expert in fingerprints and forensic images. Adam is Programme Leader for our forensic courses and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science (CSFS). He is also an assessor for the CSFS on their Pre-Employment Assessment of Competence award and teaches and researches fingerprint analysis and the interpretation and evaluation of DNA-based evidence. 

Dr Tracey Wond, Programme Leader of Professional Doctorates (Business) and Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Leadership and Organisational Behaviour

Dr Wond manages doctorates in professional practice and the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), for students who are generally employed in senior roles within the public and third sectors. Tracey is also responsible for managing PhD students within the College of Business. Within the Institute, Tracey is working on various research projects with Nick Howe, looking at leadership and development for policing both across the UK and internationally.

Dr Philip Henry BA PhD, Director of the Multi-Faith Centre

Phil worked for Nottinghamshire Constabulary for 20 years. 18 of those years were spent in CID, where he rose to the rank of detective. As part of the former Regional Crime Squad (now known as the National Crime Agency) he was involved in surveillance training and worked as a rural surveillance officer.