The originator and programme leader of BSc (Hons) Security, Intelligence & Investigative Practice. Iain joined the University of Cumbria in 2011 following 32 years years of law enforcement experience. During the course of his 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.

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

Iains practical and academic experience supports his involvement in a variety of specialist areas of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

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

Iain is a regular contributor to radio and television programmes.

Qualifications and memberships

PGD  Legal & Criminological Psychology




Academic and research interests

Investigative Interviewing

Covert methodology

Proportionality of action 


University of Cumbria Disclosure conference - 2018

'The Investigator' Covert Strategies workshop 2021

'Criminal Investigation' Critical Publishing.