The Fusion Forum Schedule

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Returning by popular demand, the Fusion Forum is designed to promote new and integrated ways to delivering security solutions across government, industry and academia.

The Fusion Forum can be found within our online auditorium and includes a range of exciting new content to incorporate a blend of online keynote addressesfusion panel sessions and industry challenges.

Fusion Forum Schedule

Tuesday 9 March 2021
Pitches from the finalists & judging. Judging Panel:

  • Michael Clayforth-Carr (VP Security and Resilience Sector, ADS, Panel Chair)
  • Andy Caldwell (Head of Defence and Security Accelerator, Ministry of Defence)
  • Angela Essel (Head of the Joint Security and Resilience Centre, Office of Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office)
  • Simon Harwood(Chair Academic RISC, Director Defence and Security at Cranfield University)
13:00-14:00 FUSION PANEL #1

Innovations in the UK’s Approach to Cyber Security

  • William Middleton (Cyber Director, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
  • Andrew Gould (National Cybercrime Programme Lead, National Police Chiefs’ Council)
  • Chris Ensor (Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth, National Cyber Security Centre)
  • Richard Quinlan (Chair of ADS Digital and Cyber Group / Head of Sales and Business Development, Leonardo UK)
  • Chaired by Dr Henry Pearson (UK Cyber Security Ambassador)
15:00-16:00 S&P CHALLENGE #1
A panel discussion on the challenge:
Protecting National Security and the Safety of Children on an Encrypted Service
Outline an action plan for developing and operationalising technology that would allow a company to maintain the ability to identify illegal child sexual exploitation and abuse or terrorist content and activity at scale in an encrypted service. This plan could assume the work is being carried out and funded by the encrypted service itself, or by a third party such as a device or operating system. Panellists include:

  • Simon Clifford (Director of Data and Digital, Police ICT)
  • Andy Burrows (Head of Child Safety Online Policy, NSPCC)
  • Susie Hargreaves (Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation)
  • Ian Stevenson (CEO, Cyan Forensics)
  • Chaired by Piers Harrison (Combating Online Child Sexual Exploitation, Tackling Exploitation and Abuse Unit, Serious and Organised Crime Directorate, Home Office)

Wednesday 10 March 2021
10:00-10:30 FUSION KEYNOTE
Jessica Figueras, Vice-Chair, UK Cyber Security Council
A keynote on the new Government funded body set up to promote skills in cyber security.


Enhancing Security Culture at Publicly Accessible Locations
This panel will bring together members of Government and Industry to discuss how fostering a good security culture in businesses and the wider public can make staff and customers safer. It will include a focus on how small changes can deliver significant improvements in public protection.Panellists include:

  • Allan Burnett (Operations Director, SecuriGroup)
  • Adam Thomson (Deputy National Coordinator Protect and Prepare, Counter Terrorism Policing HQ)
  • Paul Williams (Head of Security, The O2)
  • Dr Anne Templeton (University of Edinburgh)
  • Chaired by Shaun Hipgrave (Director Protect and Prepare, CBRNE, Science and Technology)
12:45-13:15 ‘AN AUDIENCE WITH’
Dame Lynne Owens CBE QPM, Director General of the National Crime Agency
1-2-1 interview hosted by Richard Johnstone (Acting Editor of Civil Service World)
15:00-16:00 S&P CHALLENGE #2
Pitches from

  • CCL Solutions Group Ltd
  • Cellebrite
  • Blue lights Digital

against the challenge set before event:

Digital Forensics for the Next Generation of Communications
What will the next generation of personal communication devices provide that the current generation does not and how can these tools be exploited for forensic and investigation and/or law enforcement and security purposes?

Panellists include:

  • Christopher Church (Interpol)
  • Mike Excell (OSCT, Home Office)
  • Claire Summers OBE (National Digital Capabilities Office)
  • Chaired by Dr Neil Cohen (DSTL)

Thursday 11 March 2021
10:00-10:30 FUSION KEYNOTE
Overseas Speaker, William Bryan, Under Secretary Department for Homeland Security S&T


The Prosperity Pipeline
This panel will bring together members of Government and Industry to discuss how we translate UK national security requirements into UK export opportunities. Panellists include:

  • Mark Goldsack (Director, Department for International Trade UK Security and Defence Exports)
  • Sir Kevin Tebbit (Chair, the UK Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community)
  • Elizabeth Sheldon (SME Rep – Security and Resilience Growth Partnership)
  • Tom Hurd (Director General, Office of Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office)
  • Chaired by Jon Gray (Director Security and Resilience Sector ADS)
12:45-13:15 ‘AN AUDIENCE WITH’
Tom Hurd, Director General, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism
1-2-1 interview hosted by Beckie Smith (Acting Deputy-Editor of Civil Service World)
13:30-14:30 S&P Live Challenge #3:
Pitches from

  • Angoka
  • Drone evolution
  • INO
  • Leonardo

against the challenge set before event:

New Technologies – Considerations for Border Force
As Border Force takes advantage of new technologies, how can the UK become ‘best in class’ and what criteria should be used to assess this, taking into account GDPR privacy concerns and other ethical questions such as the safeguarding of vulnerable people?

Panellists include:

  • Christian Kaunert (Professor of Policing and Security, University of South Wales)
  • David Barofka (Director, Border Force Data Acquisition & Detection Capability)
  • Chaired by Jon Gray (Director Security and Resilience Sector, ADS Group)
Angela Essel (Head of JSaRC) and Jon Gray (ADS Director Security and Resilience)
Reflections on S&P 2021


Attendees can access more content and sessions in the online auditorium by visiting the Keynote Briefings  – view the schedule.

Please note the speaker programme is subject to change.

About the Fusion Forum

The UK’s National Security Strategy has been placing a strong emphasis, through the Fusion Doctrine, on the need to fully integrate private sector contributions into the country’s approach to mitigating security risks and issues, and driving resilience across the UK.

Reflecting this, the Home Office has been placing a high priority on harnessing private sector contributions to implementing the latest edition of the UK’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy, CONTEST, both through the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) and other mechanisms.

Delivered with the support of the National Security Adviser, the Fusion Forum helps deliver this vision in a practical way. Taking a more accessible and thought leadership feel than seen at previous iterations of the event, the event feature supplements existing major Keynote Addresses, and brings together the public and private sectors in a blend of lively panel discussions, thought provoking interviews and challenges to industry on the major policing and security risks facing the UK.

Content appearing in the Fusion Forum is closely aligned with the aims and objectives of CONTEST, and focuses on exploring how Government, industry and academia can work together to:

  • Disrupt threats earlier
  • Share information more widely across our HMG partners
  • Build resilience with our local communities
  • Prioritise our efforts better overseas
  • Provide a more integrated relationship with the private sector

Industry Challenges

Within the Fusion Forum, a selection of exhibiting companies will ‘pitch’ solutions to panels of experts as part of three S&P challenges set in cooperation with Government stakeholders including the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC).