Central Team

Dr Geoff Pearson

N8 PRP Academic Co-Director, University of Manchester

Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine

N8 PRP Police Co-Director, Merseyside Police


Helen Gordon-Smith
Helen has worked at the University of Manchester since 2017, mostly in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. However, her background is in the Humanities, having earned a BA in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, and an MA in Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. After her undergraduate degree, Helen worked at the Scottish Government in Edinburgh and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in Cumbria before moving to Paris to work for the OECD. She returned to the UK for her MA, writing a thesis on the role of vulnerability and chaos in the lives of street-based sex workers in Manchester, and spending two months in Delhi with a local charity, researching access to health care among female injected drug users engaged in sex work.

After her MA, Helen returned to her home town of Manchester began working at the University, taking up the role of project manager of the N8 PRP in February 2021. She now lives in Timperley with her partner and their two cats.

N8 PRP Project Manager, University of Manchester

Policing Leads
Karen Byrom
Karen Byrom
Karen works at Cheshire Constabulary as the Head of Research and Business Intelligence. Karen has been with the force for 14 years in a variety of roles relating to research, analysis and engagement and currently holds responsibility for maintaining and developing research, analysis and business intelligence services to support organisational learning, service improvement and day to day operational activity.

Cheshire Constabulary

Robert Ewin
I currently work for Cumbria Constabulary as the Detective Sergeant responsible for delivering both initial and investigative skills training, with a focus on using evidence-based research. My role in the N8 is to represent the constabulary and help focus future research.

I have also completed a PhD at Cumbria University on the psychology of policing interactions with vulnerable people and how legal frameworks defined, categorised, and recognised them. More information about my PhD research can be found here.

Cumbria Constabulary

GIllian Routledge
Gillian Routledge
I started my career in the NHS as a Technician and moved to the private sector after 2 years (the temptation of a higher salary and better prospects). I worked for multinationals including ICI, BASF and Grundfos in Customer Technical Support, Customer Complaints, and Production Planning, Logistics Management and Quality Control.

After about 17 years in industry I wanted to go back to public service so joined Durham Constabulary in 2004. My first role was Head of Performance. I subsequently led the creation of the force Research and Analysis function which brought together Strategy, Performance and Intelligence as one team.

Currently Head of Tasking and Co-ordination Command I am responsible for the strategic and tactical focus for the force. This includes Intelligence, Digital Intelligence and Investigation, Strategic Development, Performance Management and Force Intelligence analysis, Media and Communications and the Research and Analysis function as a whole.

I have been a keen advocate of evidence based practice and have an MSt in Criminology and Police Leadership. I am a key player in the collaborative staff survey research project with Durham University Business School and a huge supported of working together collaboratively to understand what works for the public and our officers and staff.

Durham Constabulary

Annabel Straw
I have worked at Greater Manchester Police for over 20 years in a variety of roles including consultation and engagement, audit and inspection, strategy planning and policy. In my current role, I act as the force’s point of contact for our police/academic partnerships as well as any other internal and external research enquiries. I coordinate the force’s evidence based practice board and work closely with the force problem solving lead to develop and promote the use of EBP and problem solving. I am also the Society of Evidence Based Policing (SEBP) secretary.

Greater Manchester Police

Donna Tranter
Donna is Head of Corporate Development for Humberside Police including responsibility for Strategic Planning, Performance and Demand, Change and Continuous Improvement, Criminal Justice, Community Safety, Safeguarding Governance, Information Compliance, Digital Innovation and the Executive Support Team.

She has extensive experience and knowledge of strategic leadership within the police at a Force, Regional and National level based on over 25 years’ service across a wide range of functions.  Donna is the Force lead for the Strategic Collaboration Programme with Hull University.

Humberside Police

James Tabor

Humberside Police

Laura Archer- Power
Laura is Head of Data and Crime Science at Lancashire Constabulary. Her role is to lead all Corporate Development analytical and evidence-based research services, ensuring the provision of organisational insight to support force purpose and continuous improvement. This includes provision of business intelligence, performance management, demand and resource modelling, partnership intelligence and research evidence.

Laura has worked at the Constabulary since August 2019, having had a mixed background as a Probation Service Officer, Police Officer and Research Associate at The University of Manchester.

Lancashire Constabulary

Laura Zeniou

Lancashire Constabulary

Louise Kane

Merseyside Police

Samantha Millar
Sam started her policing career in West Yorkshire Police having now transferred to North Yorkshire Police at Superintendent. During a time in the army as a young officer, Sam became an accomplished adventurer, was the first female officer to undertake artic warfare survival, became a ski instructor and learned how to build igloos! After a tour of duty in Northern Ireland, Sam was awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal, something she would describe as the proudest moment of her service for her family.

Sam subsequently joined the police on a graduate scheme undertaking roles at every rank in operational delivery in some of the most complex and challenging areas within Leeds and Specialist Operations. After a short spell as staff officer, Sam’s interest in partnerships saw her head up a large community safety partnership in Leeds in 2014, known as Safer Leeds. In this role, Sam had strategic responsibility for a range of safeguarding work streams. She has influenced the national agenda around policing street sex working, has held roles as deputy chair of adults and children safeguarding boards and was recognised locally and nationally for her innovative and influential work with her Safer Leeds Team in developing the MASH in Leeds.

In December 2018 Sam completed her masters level programme in evidence based policing, using it as an opportunity to research and evidence the operational impact of a multi-agency approach to tackling on-street sex working.

Sam is married with three children, having adopted her third child. She is a governor for her children’s local primary school and still retains a passion for skiing and walking in the mountains!

North Yorkshire Police

Bethany Chew
I have worked for Northumbria Police since 2017, and in that time my main responsibilities have included the management of force income generation, including bid management and securing external grant funding, as well as implementing change and force improvement; which has included project management of new models and innovative ways of working. I have also become involved in overseeing force collaboration, across emergency and statutory services including police to police collaboration, private industry, the community and voluntary sector and finally, academia. Working closely with the force Evaluation team who manage both internal and external research enquiries, I facilitate potential opportunities between the N8 and the wider organisation, to explore and progress evidenced based policing activity.

Northumbria Police

John Crapper
John has served his entire career in South Yorkshire Police.  He joined in 1997 and has served mainly in response and neighbourhood roles, with various short periods in plain clothed departments.  During that time he has served in almost all of the areas of South Yorkshire.  He now works at Headquarters in the Strategic Delivery Unit, where he is a point of contact for EBP.  He is a southerner by birth but loves Yorkshire and has no intention of leaving.  He lives in Sheffield with his wife and two teenage children.

Outside of work he enjoys hillwalking and rock climbing, despite an almost career-ending accident in 2002!  He is also a keen, if not always successful cook.

South Yorkshire Police

Rebecca Tennyson-Mason
Rebecca Tennyson leads the Strategy function for West Yorkshire Police with a broad portfolio covering strategy, Force Management Statements, strategic planning, policy, governance and evidence-based policing (incorporating research, innovation, what works and lessons learned).  Rebecca has been the West Yorkshire representative on N8 PRP since 2016, and is also the link with the College of Policing for innovation.

Rebecca has been an active member of the N8, having spoken at a national conference on innovation with the Academic Co-director about the benefits to police of N8 PRP membership, co-produced research, and provided an article for the annual report on embedding research and the evidence base into Strategic Planning.  Rebecca also works with academia  through the PEQF programme to encourage dissertations that focus on force priority areas and topics of interest to Student Officers.

West Yorkshire Police

Academic Leads


Professor Nicole Westmarland

Durham University

Dr Donna Marie Brown

Durham University


Dr Sophie Nightingale

Lancaster University

Professor Stuart Lister

Leeds University

Professor Fiona Measham

Liverpool University

Dr Geoff Pearson

N8 PRP Academic Co-Director, University of Manchester

Dr Jill Clark

Newcastle University


Professor Joanna Shapland

University of Sheffield

Dr Layla Skinns

University of Sheffield

Dr Matthew Bacon

University of Sheffield


Dr Adam White

University of Sheffield

Dr Geoff Page

University of York