Advisory Board

The N8 PRP Advisory Board contributes important critical oversight to the project, advising the Co-Directors and Steering Group on the strategic direction of the Partnership. The Advisory Board is also key to maximising external engagement with the Partnership.

Role of the group

The broad purpose of the Advisory Board is to act as a sounding board, and to advise on measures that ensure that the maximum national and international impact is achieved from the N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8 PRP).

The advisory board responsibilities are:

  1. To advise on general strategy for the project, in order for it to achieve its overall objectives; acting as a critical friend in relation to the overall shape, academic direction and relevance to policy and practice of the research and knowledge exchange programme.
  2. To advise the Co-Directors on any action to be taken on specific aspects of work programme.
  3. To encourage wider engagement by policing partners in the activities and opportunities for research co-production and knowledge exchange presented by N8 PRP.
  4. To offer advice on the development of the impact strategy; engaging with potential users of the research; offering pathways into user groups and relevant national and international stakeholders.
  5. To act as ambassadors on behalf of the N8 Policing Research Partnership, where possible and appropriate attending its key events and networking with audiences.
  6. To engage, where relevant and practicable, with specific activities linked to members work and interests, in a voluntary capacity.


The Advisory Board comprises senior representatives from the policy, practice and research communities both nationally and internationally with links to and expertise in policing.

Professor Gloria Laycock (chair) University College London
Martin Hewitt National Police Chief’s Council
Andrew Cooke Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)
Andy Feist Home Office
Ian Readhead ACRO Criminal Records Service
Dr Liz Aston Scottish Institute for Policing Research (Napier University)
Rebecca Bryant Resolve ASB
Steve de Burgh Institute of Community Safety
Alex Murray Society for Evidence Based Policing (West Midlands Police)
Geoff Elvey Higher Education Forum for Learning & Development in Policing (Chester University)
Professor Mike Rowe Northumbria University
Professor Stuart Kirby University of Central Lancashire
Professor Lorraine Mazerolle Institute of Social Science Research, University of Queensland, Australia
Professor Christian Mouhanna Centre de recherches sociologiques sur le droit et les institutions pénales  (CESDIP), France
Professor Wesley Skogan Institute for Policing Research, Northwestern University, USA
Professor Sirpa Virta Policing and Police Management, University of Tampere, Finland
Professor Johannes Knutsson Norwegian Police University College, Norway
Detlef Schroder European Police College (CEPOL)
Matt Jennings Office for Students
Professor Adam Crawford University of Leeds, former Director of N8 PRP
Professor Nicole Westmarland University of Durham
Dr Steve Brooks University of Manchester