Iain originated one of the first collaborations between policing and academia, linking the Police Initial Crime Investigators Development Programme to a higher education programme which saw officers qualify as detectives whilst obtaining a degree.

During the course of his 32 year Police career, he served in a variety of investigative and intelligence based roles receiving a number of commendations for his work. This experience led to him delivering training to law enforcement professionals in covert techniques, intelligence and investigative methods in the UK and overseas. This was recognised with a number of awards.

Starting at the University in 2011 initially working on the investigative elements of Policing degrees, Iain subsequently led the development and delivery of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, the forerunner of current police graduate entry programmes and BSc (Hons) Professional Policing as well as contributing to teaching on the range of criminology programmes.

The author and originator of BSc (Hons) Security, Intelligence & Investigative Practice. Iain has worked at the University in Lecturer and Senior Lecturer positions leading to his current Principal Lecturer position.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, his approach to learning and teaching led to a Vice Chancellors Excellence Award  and the Innovative Lecturer of the year award 2019, voted for by students.

Working alongside former student and current police officer Rob Ewin 2022 saw the publication of the text book 'Criminal Investigation'.

Iain expertise is recognised as a regular contributor to radio and television programmes. He brings a range of professional experience and involvement across the University of Cumbria, School of Justice programme to his Principals position.

Qualifications and memberships

PGD  Legal & Criminological Psychology




Academic and research interests

Investigative Interviewing

Covert methodology

Proportionality of action 

Discretion in public services


University of Cumbria Disclosure conference - 2018

'The Investigator' Covert Strategies workshop 2021

Security Partnerships conference 2022

'Criminal Investigation' Critical Publishing.