Mr. Fortune is a Police / Security Research and Innovation expert at the Sheffield Hallam University and is the Policing lead at their Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & organised Crime (CENTRIC). He is also the Managing Director at AIMTech who are a University spin out company specialising in information management in the security and policing domains.
In his 30 year police career in North Yorkshire Police he worked at a regional and pan European level ending his career as a Detective Chief Inspector. He has participated in several EU projects FP7 Projects, such as Odyssey Project (FP7 Security Research and was also a member of Europol’s working group on organised cargo crime criminality.
He is currently working on several major work streams:
- Project partner in the FP7 DISASTER, project looking at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Emergency response during a crisis using semantic technology.
- Advising and supporting EU projects DARIUS and COMPOSITE looking at police use of UAVs and police organisational structures, technology requirements and organisational cultures across Europe
- Working as part of CENTRIC – Centre of Excellence in Terrorism Resilience Intelligence & organised Crime at Sheffield Hallam University.
- Innovation and strategic engagement with Europe on crime and security matters. Delivering and developing new FP7 security proposals, delivering and developing new DG Home affairs crime related proposals in conjunction with local police forces. New projects under negotiation with the EC include ATHENA looking at use of Social Media in crisis situations and several proposals currently under evaluation.
- Speaker and contributor / author of books and publications on security, intelligence and emergency response
- Ethical and societal issues surrounding security related innovation.
- Leading an AIMtech team looking at future police technology requirements on behalf of Airwaves
I am honoured and delighted to be working with the project. Tackling organised crime in all its forms is my passion and environmental crime is an area of growing concern and interest. Only through collaborative activity such as the CWIT project can all stakeholders join forces to fully understand the complex issues and then address them