Steve is a recently retired professional firefighter with over 33 years operational experience and was responsible for delivery of the ‘Transformation2020 Digitisation (T20)’ programme within Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service.
He has headed up several departments within the service and also spent 2 ½ years seconded to the Welsh Government as Assistant Fire and Rescue Advisor for Wales where he developed the National Fire and Rescue Framework; The Guiding Principles for Dwelling Fire Response and the Operational Assurance of Service Delivery processes.
In 2016 Steve set up the services Air Support Unit and led the project to introduce Drones into the Service.
Steve’s new role is as an innovation consultant with tech start-up Unblur where he is supporting the development and integration of the IRIS Core Incident Management and Situational Awareness platform within UK fire and rescue services and wider first responder community.
Research Director, Physical Security, Safe City, Critical Communications
Thomas leads the physical security and critical communications research team, making the group a recognized leader in physical security research and market intelligence. He and his team examine the markets on video surveillance and access control equipment, safe cities, public safety, future communications technologies including LTE, command and control, and fire and intruder detection.
Thomas is a renowned international expert in the fintech, blockchain, critical communications, and security industries. He is regularly invited to speak at global conferences and client events to provide industry-leading insights accumulated from more than 20 years of experience and study on the evolving industries above. Thomas received his MBA in international business, with distinction, from the University of Leicester in England. He is also a Chartered Marketer and Chartered Manager, both titles awarded in recognition of professional competency at its highest level, and has over 20 years of operational, military, engineering communications, and security experience.