Course Leader and Senior Lecturer of Digital Forensics
Richard is the course leader and senior lecturer of Digital Forensics at Birmingham City University, having moved to academia from his previous role as a Senior Digital Forensic Investigator and Laboratory Manager at SYTECH Consultants. Richard first started working in the Digital Forensics field in 2008, having previously been involved in the IT sector. Throughout his career in the Digital Forensics industry, Richard has worked on several high-profile cases as a Lead Mobile Device Digital Forensic Investigator for law enforcement and government agencies. Richard’s experience and expertise has seen him playing prominent roles as manager of digital forensic analysts working on large investigative operations.
Richard has collaborated with various universities across the UK as a guest lecturer and industry adviser, providing undergraduate students with an invaluable insight into a senior practitioner’s perspective of the challenges faced by fighting crime in the field of Digital Forensics, specifically using mobile devices as a source of digital evidence. In addition to this, he has also developed and presented professional training courses to both law enforcement and private clients.
Richard began working very closely with Birmingham City University voluntarily in 2012 as an industrial adviser. Throughout this time, he has recruited several Computer Forensics graduates for roles in the Digital Forensics sector. Richard continued to play an active role within the faculty of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment; most notably in 2016, when he was invited to be an industrial adviser and panel member of the Computer Forensics degree re-approval event. This prominent position allowed Richard to utilise his vast industry knowledge and experience to ensure that the Computer Forensics degree meets the demands of the Digital Forensics industry and offers enhanced student employability prospects.
In recognition of Richard's hard work and commitment to the faculty, and the Computer Forensics course in particular, he was offered the position of a Visiting Industry Fellow at Birmingham City University in 2017. This role solidified Richard’s influence and impact on course level activities, operations, and quality. As a member of Birmingham City University’s Industrial Advisory Board, Richard, along with his fellow board members, makes recommendations to the faculty of ways to maintain an industry-relevant curriculum which will better prepare graduates for industry and improve overall employability.