Meet the team

ACIA is a 'not for profit' organisation. ACIA is a community of like-minded people who, through the Association, seek to enable members to take action themselves. Volunteers from within the community organise our activities.

Our volunteer organisers are the people who initiate activity and help members do the same! Initially we were established in a traditional heirarchical structure (i.e. led by a President) and this worked well for a long time however as our aspiration is to be a community, and a network of equals, we changed our descriptions to better reflect that.


The community organisers


Alistair Sharp

Alistair joined BAE Systems Applied Intelligence in September 2018 as a Business Consultant. Prior to joining BAE he worked as a Senior Officer in the National Crime Agency for 5 years, primarily supporting senior managers in a strategic capacity, and before that an Intelligence Officer for the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT). Alistair studied for MA in Intelligence and International Security at King's College London, achieving a Merit in 2017. During this time he developed an interest in big data and ethics, completing his thesis in this area.



Danielle Williams

Dani is currently a Lead Analyst in a NPCC unit and has 15 years’ experience working as an analyst within policing. Dani started her career as a researcher in 2004 with North Yorkshire Police and became an analyst shortly after. She joined Greater Manchester Police in 2008 and worked on the Major Incident Team for four years before becoming a divisional safeguarding analyst. She then moved over to work in a multi-agency CSE team working for the council and then moved to the Joint Slavery and Trafficking Analysis Centre within the NCA.

Dani was one of the winners of the ACIA awards in 2014 and went on to win the IALEIA award in 2015. She regularly speaks at conferences and enjoys promoting the work of analysis in law enforcement.

In her spare time Dani is a special constable with West Yorkshire Police and having spent 8 years on the front line she now trains new recruits to be special constables.



Jonathan Sherriff

Jonathan is currently an Associate Research Consultant to a Financial Services Regulator, vetting and risk assessing members for compliance with money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations.

Jonathan spent ten years in the Private Security sector before joining the Police as Civilian staff, spending ten years as a C&IA at Borough, Division, Force and Regional levels. After a six year stint hunting War Criminals in the Balkans for EU Rule-of-Law missions, he returned to the UK to investigate the diversion of opioids from the Regulated Supply Chain for the MHRA.

A member of MENSA, Jonathan is an avid believer in thinking outside the box, creative solutions, and doing more with less. If you've got a problem with Excel formulas or data collation, he can probably help!



Keith Jackson

Keith is a management consultant working with public sector clients in the law enforcement arena and helping them to transform their approach to digital intelligence analysis.

Throughout his career Keith has learnt a lot from his interactions and exchanges with other analysts and strongly believes in the power of networking for Continuous Professional Development.

Before becoming an independent consultant in 2012, he worked for some 17 years (yes, how time flies by!) in the police, first as an Intelligence Analyst, then Head of Analysis and finally as the Head of Intelligence for the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit.

He can be reached via his ACIA email address and is always keen to hear from people who wish to get involved in ACIA, swap ideas or collaborate in other ways!



Paige Keningale

Paige has a BSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a MSc in Crime Science, Investigations and Intelligence. Paige is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Surrey. Her current research focuses the Operation of Intelligence Processes within UK Police Forces and hopes this research will be recognised as contributing to academic knowledge and broader governmental awareness and might be of value to the intelligence community itself, for developing strategies for improving operational capabilities especially in the domain of intelligence analysis when using the National Intelligence Model.

Before undertaking a PhD, Paige’s past research focused on police reform in terms of intelligence gathering, drawing upon failures of decision making and  ‘intelligence failures’ such as Pearl Harbour, 9/11, 7/7 bombings and the Challenger Disaster (NASA). The findings of this research resulted in practitioners asserting there is no such thing as an intelligence failure but rather they are failures of decision making, lack of sharing information and analysts need to be more ‘blue skied thinking’ when analysing large sets of data.



Scott Keay

Scott is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Policing at Edge Hill University (Northwest of the UK). He worked for Lancashire Constabulary for almost 20 years in various analytical positions including: Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Senior Community Safety and Partnership Intelligence Analyst and Data Analysis and Insight Manager.

His research interests include developing the application of crime analysis, intelligence-led policing, evidence-based policing (EBP) and problem-solving, and policing vulnerability. He is currently undertaking a PhD researching how the police define, identify and respond to vulnerability.

He has been involved in the professional development of analysts through a series of CPD (Continuous Professional Development) events funded by the N8.

His work with Lancs Police in developing crime analysis led to being the recipient of the 2018 IALEIA (International Association of Law Enforcement Analysts) Service Award for “outstanding contribution as a supervisor to the achievement of law enforcement objectives”.





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