Richard Hale

Richard is a Visiting Industry Fellow at Birmingham City University. However, his primary role is as a Senior Digital Forensic Analyst 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 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 team leader of digital forensic analysts working on large investigative operations.

Richard has collaborated with various universities across the UK as a guest lecturer, 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 has been working very closely with Birmingham City University voluntarily since 2012 as an industrial advisor. Throughout this time, he has recruited several Computer Forensics graduates for roles in the digital forensics sector. Richard has continued to play an active role within the faculty of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment; more notably in 2016 when he was invited to be an industrial advisor and panel member of the Computer Forensics degree re-approval event. This prominent position has 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 continued 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 solidifies Richard’s influence and impact on course level activities, operations, and quality. As a member of Birmingham City University’s Industrial Advisory, Richard, along with his fellow board members, make recommendations to the Faculty of ways to maintain an industry-relevant curriculum which will better-prepare graduates for industry and improve overall employability.

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