Online Conference and Summit

Tues 20 — Thurs 22 April 2021

The Centre for Action Against Stalking, the international centre for abusive
and harmful behaviours, presents its 2021 International Conference and Summit. This is a key event for those who study stalking, work with victims or seek to divert perpetrators of stalking. This year's theme is the 'Dynamics between the Stalker and the Victim'. 

Centre for Action Against Stalking
International centre for abusive and harmful behaviours


International Conference and Summit Programme


Dynamics between the Stalker and the Victim

Speaker biographies


Before taking on her current roles as Principal of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, and as Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland, Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC FRSE pursed a career in Scottish Law. She has been Head of Policy in the Crown Office, Procurator Fiscal for Grampian and the Highlands and Islands, Solicitor General and Lord Advocate of Scotland. Since moving to Oxford, Elish has continued her interest in public law policy and human rights, leading a number of investigations and enquiries in both Scotland and England and Wales.


Suky Baker has been with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust for over six years, holding the positions of Head of Policy and Development and Interim CEO before being appointed to the position permanently in January 2020. During her time with the Trust, Suky has overseen the growth and development of its helpline and advocacy services, led its policy and campaigns team, and designed and delivered a number of complex national projects. Notably she has been the Programme Director for the world’s first multi-agency stalking intervention programme (MASIP) and overseen the ongoing campaign for national minimum standards for taxis and private hire vehicles.

Suky was also seconded for over 12 months from Suzy Lamplugh Trust as an adviser to the Parliamentary Security Department following the tragic death of Jo Cox MP, supporting and advising MPs and their staff in issues relating to personal safety.

Alongside her experience in frontline services, Suky has worked in policy, research and development capacities, with areas of speciality in the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector including trafficking, honour-based violence, domestic and sexual violence, in addition to stalking. Suky was heavily involved in the successful coercive control campaign, which brought law change to domestic violence in the UK.


Katy Bourne OBE is a Conservative politician who has served as the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner since winning the inaugural election in Sussex in November 2012. In 2016, she was re-elected for a second term in office with an increased majority.


Prof Ross Deuchar is Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland. He is a Scottish criminologist, known primarily for his work on gangs, masculinity, street culture, violence and gang desistance and also on policing, procedural justice and focused deterrence strategies.

He constantly strives to include the excluded, and regularly produces research insights which prioritise the voices of the most disadvantaged and hard to reach in our society. His work has spanned across three continents of the world, having worked with the most marginalised and hard to reach gang members on the streets and in youth clubs, secure accommodation and prisons and conducted ethnographic research on gang intervention programmes in Scotland, Denmark, the United States of America and Hong Kong. He has also engaged in participant observation of frontline police practice, street advocacy and youth work in both the United States of America and Scotland.

In March 2010, he was runner-up for the Economic and Social Research Council’s prestigious Michael Young Prize in recognition of my research into gang culture in the West of Scotland. In 2016-17, he was the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright scholarship award and spent a semester as Fulbright scholar-in-residence within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, USA.

He is the author of the pioneering book Gangs and Spirituality: Global Perspectives (2018, Palgrave MacMillan), which was featured on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Thinking Allowed’ programme in the summer of 2018.

He is also the author of the highly acclaimed Gangs, Marginalised Youth and Social Capital (2009, Trentham), its sequel Policing Youth Violence: Transatlantic Connections (2013, Trentham, IOE Press), co-editor of Researching Marginalized Groups (2016, Routledge) and co-author of Young People and Social Control: Problems and Prospects from the Margins (2017, Palgrave MacMillan).

His book Policing Gangs in Times of Crisis: Law Enforcement and Youth Violence in the Post-Ferguson Era’ (co-authored with Vaughn Crichlow and Seth Fallik) was published by Bristol University Press in 2020.


Dr Matt Frew is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Transformational Technologies within the School of Business and Enterprise at the University of the West of Scotland. As a social theorist, often what is called a ‘futurologist’ in the USA, Matt specialises in how phenomenon and trends in digital, social and transformational DARQ technologies are challenging and changing how we work, learn and live. Matt’s work focuses on how this age of accelerating techno-culture is revolutionising the structuring relations of space, time and our embodied condition. We are living in an unprecedented time where technological integration produces the conditions for extended reality enabling us to place shift, engage in immersive multi-sensory experiences that accelerate a trans-human shift where we will re-live, re-shaping or re-create the self.


Rory Innes is the founder & CEO of The Cyber Helpline, a not-for-profit organisation providing free, expert help to victims of cybercrime and malicious activity. Over the past four years, The Cyber Helpline has supported over 1,000 victims of cyberstalking and has developed a unique expertise in dealing with the technology component of stalking and supporting victims of cyberstalking. Rory has personally supported hundreds of stalking cases, often in partnership with stalking and domestic abuse services. 


Louise Johnson is the National Worker for Legal Issues at Scottish Women’s Aid in Edinburgh.


João Lázaro is currently the President of Victim Support Europe (VSE). Holder of a Bachelor degree in Law and a post-graduate degree in Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, João is also a practicing lawyer. He has long experience in leading governance roles.

Professor Julie Macfarlane is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at University of Windsor, Ontario. 

She has published widely in the area of conflict resolution, mediation, and legal practice. She is the author of the bestselling The New Lawyer: How Settlement is Transforming the Practice of Law (University of British Colombia Press 2008). Her student textbook Dispute Resolution: Readings and Case Studies is just going into its 4th edition (Emond Montgomery 2015). Both these texts are used widely in law schools throughout North America. In 2012 Julie completed a four year empirical study of Islamic divorce and published Islamic Divorce in North America: A Shari'a Path in a Secular Society (Oxford University Press), attracting much public and media interest.

Her project, the National Self-Represented Litigants Project established at Windsor Law in the wake of the momentum created by her national study of self-representation, was published in 2013.

Professor Macfarlane is also an active mediator and dispute resolution consultant to a wide range of organizations and government agencies.


Dr Rachel MacKenzie is a senior clinical psychologist who has been involved in the research and treatment of stalkers for more than a decade. She has extensive clinical experience in the assessment and management of stalkers and stalking behaviours. She completed her doctorate on the systematic assessment of stalkers and in 2002, established the specialist stalkers clinic at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) with Professor Paul Mullen. She continues to work in Forensicare’s community-based Problem Behaviour Program in Melbourne, Australia, where she conducts expert evaluations and provides management recommendations for the courts, correctional services and other health providers, as well as providing treatment for stalkers, sex offenders and violent offenders and secondary consultation and supervision of staff and students in these areas. Dr MacKenzie also operates a private clinical and forensic practice specialising in the assessment and treatment of both stalkers and stalking victims and victims of sexual abuse, for organisations and individuals. Being in the unusual position of working with both perpetrators and victims of stalking, she has been able to integrate her knowledge from both perspectives to develop a comprehensive approach to stalking situations. Dr MacKenzie has presented on risk assessment and the management and treatment of stalkers at national and international conferences and provides education on prevention and management of stalking situations in the public and private sectors.


Alisdair Macleod is Procurator Fiscal Depute, Policy and Engagement at Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Scotland.


Paul Mills was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police in February 2018. Paul's extensive policing career spans more than 23 years and began at Northamptonshire Police. In 2007, he transferred to Wiltshire and as Chief Inspector in Swindon was the lead for neighbourhood policing. Further to roles with the HMIC and as the Chief Constable's Staff Officer, Paul was promoted to Detective Superintendent in 2010 and headed up the professional standards team. In 2012 he became Chief Superintendent with responsibility for local policing and specialist operations. Paul was made an Assistant Chief Constable in 2014 with the responsibility for Crime and Justice. He is the National Police Chief's Council lead for Stalking and Harassment and also holds a Masters from the University of Cambridge in Police Leadership and Applied Criminology. Paul was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service in the 2020 New Year Honours list.


In March 2009, Ann Moulds launched her award-winning campaign, Action Scotland Against Stalking, to have stalking recognised as a criminal offence within Scottish law. ASAS quickly became a high impact national and international campaign contributing to some major breakthroughs – most notably the introduction of the ‘Offence of Stalking’ sec 39 Criminal Justice & Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010), in England & Wales the introduction of the “Offence of Stalking “into the Protection of Freedoms Act, 2012 and in 2011, the introduction of stalking into the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Treaty. Ratified in August 2014, places a legal requirement of European member states to codify stalking into criminal law. In 2014, Ann’s campaign was instrumental in having victims’ rights enshrined within Scottish statutory law. She was a founder member of the national working group, the Victim & Witnesses Collaboration Forum to over view the drafting and implementation of The Victim & Witnesses (Scot) Act 2014.

Ann has continued to drive forward many ground-breaking achievements across the UK and the European political landscape. In 2012 she launched UK National Stalking Awareness Day with Portugal joining in 2014, heralding the start of a pan European awareness raising event. Ann and has been consulted on many developments across the UK and abroad regarding stalking and improving response to victims. She continues to speak on national, international television and radio and present as a key speaker at conferences and seminars across the country and on the European platform.

In 2014, Action Scotland Against Stalking received charitable status under the new banner of Action Against Stalking and continues to lead the way in advancing recognition of stalking and championing the rights of stalking victims globally.

Ann has a professional background in Psychology and Clinical Behavioural Psychotherapist, Training and Development.

Michael Nuccitelli, PsyD is a New York State licensed psychologist, Cyberpsychology researcher and online safety educator. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1994 from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. In 1997, Dr Nuccitelli became a licensed psychologist in New York State (License # 013009). As author of the theoretical construct termed iPredator, Dr Nuccitelli is a Cyberbullying, Internet Safety, Cybercrime, Online Predator and Cybercriminal Psychology Educator and Investigator.

In September 2011, Dr Nuccitelli established iPredator Inc offering the private and public sectors educational and advisory services regarding internet predators, cybercrime and digital forensic psychology. In June 2013, Dr Nuccitelli and iPredator launched a website offering site visitors an incredible amount of information, education, cyber-attack risk assessmentsand advisory services on Internet Safety, Dangers of the Internet, Cybercriminal Psychology and his new theoretical construct he has termed iPredator.

A thirty-three year veteran of the Westminster Police Department, Detective Mike Proctor is a recognized expert and pioneer in the investigation and threat assessment of stalkers. He has worked and consulted on numerous stalking cases both in the United States and abroad.  In 2003 he received the Defender of Justice Award from a member of the California legislation on his continued work in the area of stalking, and in 2011 was appointed to the National Stalking Academy sponsored by the Home Secretaries Office, in the United Kingdom. He has assisted states in changing their stalking laws as well as helped countries in the development of their legislation.  He regularly teaches and conducts training seminars both in the United States and most recently abroad.  He is regularly called upon by media to consult on projects along with conducting interviews for radio, television and the print media. For more on his background go to the Experience section of this website.


Professor Karl Roberts is a forensic psychologist and is Professor and Chair of Policing and Criminal Justice at The University of Western Sydney in Sydney, Australia he is also an Adjunct Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Massachusetts.  His areas of expertise are within the field of interpersonal violence and law enforcement investigation with a focus upon the behavioural assessment of offenders, investigative interviewing by law enforcement and risk assessment and risk management. He has done work on the risk identification and management of violent crimes such as stalking and honour violence and the investigation of these crimes by law enforcement. Recently He published, with colleagues from the London Metorpolitan police, a guide for law enforcement and others to the investigation and management of honour based violence, Honour based violence: Policing and Prevention with CRC press and is editing a collection of academic papers on Honour based violence with colleagues from the UK, USA and Australia. Working with Associate professor Lorraine Sheridan, Karl developed a stalking risk identification tool for use by law enforcement and other agencies which is now the standard stalking risk tool for all United Kingdom Police forces. He is now in the process of piloting this stalking risk tool in the United States. Karl also has expertise in investigative interviewing by law enforcement and other agencies and has published a number of papers and has been involved in various consultancy projects on this. In recent work Karl is exploring factors associated with suicide in the US military and the role of honor in violent crime in the United States. Karl works closely with law enforcement and other agencies throughout the world providing training and advice to investigations having provided advice to over four hundred major police investigations worldwide. He is certified as an expert witness in the UK and by the New South Wales Supreme Court.


Rhonda Saunders has been a criminal prosecutor for over twenty years. She is the foremost expert in the United States on stalking. She prosecuted the stalkers of Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Steven Speilberg. She established S.T.A.T. (Stalking and Threat Assessment Team) for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and the L.A. Stalking Task Force. Rhonda Saunders is the author of Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers.


Associate Professor Lorraine Sheridan has worked as a forensic psychologist for 20 years. She is recognised as a global expert on stalking and has published several books and more than 50 scientific papers on this subject. She has also published on the following topics: Islamophobia, racial and religious discrimination, suicide in prisons, celebrity worship, offender profiling, mentally disordered offenders, male rape, internet sex offenders, threat assessment, the role of psychology in forensic science.

In the UK, she was one of a few accredited Behavioural Investigative Advisors ('offender profilers') and worked with the police on both active and cold cases. She regularly provides input to the police and other agencies (both public and private) in murder, domestic violence, stalking, and threatening communication cases.

She graduated with a first class honours degree in psychology from the University of Leicester in 1997. She then spent three years completing a forensic psychological PhD on a part-time basis. In 2000 she was appointed as Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester, and became Senior Lecturer in 2005 when I took on primary responsibility for running the University’s MSc in Forensic Psychology. From 2007 until 2012 she was employed as a part-time Senior Research Fellow in Psychology at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. She has supervised more than 500 undergraduate and postgraduate student projects in numerous forensic and clinical psychology topics.


Dr Suzanne Strand is an Associate Professor of Criminology at Orebro University, Sweden. She is the research leader for the Centre of Violence and Society - CVS and the research group Stalking and Partner Violence - SToP. She is also an adjunct at the CFBS - Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

She researches risks and risk management of violence in different contexts, with the applied criminology as the academic base. The research is to a large extent conducted in collaboration with practitioners working with victims of violence. Gender is one focus of the studies, meaning both women and men are studied from the perspectives of victims as well as perpetrators. Her research has shown that the use of structured professional judgements while assessing risk of violence is an effective method to use as part of the risk management.

The focus of her current research is risk assessment and risk management concerning intimate partner violence and stalking, where the longitudinal RISKSAM project (2020-2025) aiming to increase risk management for victims, is conducted in collaboration with the police and the social service. Her area of research is stalking, intimate partner violence, honour based violence, mental health problems, psychopathy and antisocial behaviour, police science, risk assessment, risk management and prevention.


Dr Mairead Tagg has a Dip Ed from Jordanhill College of Education, Glasgow, and an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Strathclyde. She won a National Studentship Competition, which funded her PhD after which she worked for a year and a half with adolescents at risk of being accommodated. She returned to Strathclyde University Department of Psychology where she worked as a Research Fellow the next three years, carrying out research in the field of cognitive neuropsychology. Mairead joined Glasgow East Women’s Aid in 1995, and is the author of the research report Mixed Messages (1997) detailing the response of three statutory agencies to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. She has written more than 120 court reports since 2000 in relation to criminal cases where abuse is an issue and about the same number in relation to contact and residence cases where intimate partner abuse is an issue.

She regularly gives conference and seminar presentations and deliver multi-agency training on the impact of Type 2 (ongoing and interpersonal) trauma in relation to children and adults for a wide range of professionals. The training covers attachment and brain development and identifying and working with complex responses to abuse in children and adults. Her current clinical work centres on developing the program of groupwork with survivors of abuse at various stages of the recovery process.


Kate Wallace joined Victim Support Scotland as Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Kate has thirteen years’ experience of high-profile leadership roles in the public and voluntary sectors in both executive and non-executive roles. Prior to VSS, Kate led Visualise Scotland, a service delivery charity that provides services to people living with disabilities and complex needs from across Scotland. She has previously held the position of UK Programme Director for Barnardo’s and was based between London and Glasgow.



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