I am Director of the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Portsmouth. We are the focus for research, teaching and knowledge services in counter fraud and related issues.

We have conducted research on a wide range of areas for bodies that include the Home Office, National Fraud Authority, EPSRC, Sentencing Council, Cifas, Midlands Fraud Forum, Crowe Clark Whitehill to name some. 

I also have an interest in private policing, security management and the regulation of it and have been involved in helping to develop the standards for this for the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime.  



I completed my first degree in Politics at the University of Exeter. My Masters was in Industrial Relations at the University of Warwick. I received my doctorate from the London School of Economics. I also hold a PgCert in Teaching and Learning from the University of Portsmouth. I am also a Fellow of the Security Institute. 

I joined the University of Portsmouth in 1997 and rose from Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, Reader to Professor in 2012. I was also Associate Head (Curriclum) of my department between 2004-2012.

Before coming to the University I was a Research Assistant to the Rt Hon Bruce George MP. I have also served as a Councillor on Portsmouth City Council.  

Research interests

My research interests began with private policing with an interest in non-state contributions to policing. This led me to fraud where this is largely the case. Along that journey I have developed interests in the following areas: 

Counter fraud 


Computer misuse 

Victims of fraud and computer misuse 

Fraud measurement 

Private policing 

Security management 

Private security regulation 

Doctoral supervision 

I am interested in candidates who wish to research any of my main areas of research interest identified above. 

Media availability

I am available to the media to discuss any issues relating to my research interests.