Paul James BA (Hons) MSc
Executive Chairman of the Board
Paul is the Executive Board Chairman and the Co-Founder of Arquebus. He is an experienced law enforcement professional who prior to founding Arquebus had a 30 year career in UK policing. Up until the date of his retirement as a Police officer in 2012 he was the chair of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Use of Firearms (CUF) practitioner group, the Deputy Chair of the ACPO CUF Threat Reduction Board and a member of the Homicide Working Group. He authored the UK Investigative guide on best practice in investigating gun crime on behalf of the UK Government.
Between 2006 and 2012 he was the Unit Head of the UK National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). He was involved in the establishment of NABIS from its outset and oversaw its development from concept to an operational unit. During this time the recorded levels of gun crime in the UK reduced by over 50%.
He has a wealth of experience of developing innovative solutions to tackle all aspects of firearms related criminality that are based on the specific needs of the client and has contributed to a number of high profile international research projects aimed at tackling the criminal use of firearms in the role of expert consultant.
Paul believes in leading by example and is committed to working in partnership with law enforcement agencies, governments and international bodies to develop world leading tools and strategies that keep pace with the changing dynamics in the battle to tackle the illegal use and supply of firearms. The whole ethos of Arquebus since its inception has been to make communities safer and to improve the quality of life for all citizens by reducing the scourge of gun crime. Paul is committed to turning this mission statement into a reality.
Chief Executive Officer
For the past 17 years, James has helped Law Enforcement agencies, Governments, and corporate organisations solve and prevent crime by deploying innovative solutions in the fields of small arms and light weapons control, cyber security and computer forensics.
Between 2009 and 2021, James managed the commercial operations of Ultra Forensic Technology, the makers of the Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS), across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This involved working closely with investigators, forensic scientists, customs agents, policy makers, and numerous Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), such as INTERPOL, EUROPOL, the European Union and the United Nations. He also sat on the Steering Committee of the INTERPOL Ballistic Information Network (IBIN), the only cross border firearms intelligence sharing network in the world, and helped expand its reach and impact across the globe.
James joined Arquebus in 2021 and as CEO, he’s now responsible for bringing together all of Arquebus’ expertise to ensure a better outcome for societies across the globe, with a particular focus on filling capability gaps through providing managed forensic services, designing and delivering turnkey firearms crime, registration and licensing programs, and delivering research programmes on behalf of agencies such as the United Nations, the Flemish Peace Institute, Small Arms Survey, and the European Union.
Chief Operations Officer
Andy had a distinguished 33-year career at Avon and Sommerset Police where he became a senior leader with extensive knowledge and experience in Intelligence, Major and Serious Crime, and Counter Terrorism. He had considerable involvement working collaboratively with strategic partners such as HM Government, the Security Services, the Military and Public Sector Services, to ensure effective operational delivery of key events and risk management. Andy is a personable and dedicated leader with a history of making communities feel safe and be safe.
As Arquebus’ Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for implementing the company’s strategic plans, driving operational efficiency, internal compliance and governance, programme delivery, and ensuring smooth day-to-day operations.
Glenn Lawrence BSc (Hons), MCSFS
Chief Technical Officer
Glenn oversees all technical areas of the organisation, focusing on technologies utilised in fast-time intelligence and creating end-to-end solutions. He has an advanced knowledge surrounding firearms, toolmarks analysis, registration programs, IBIS and laboratory processes.
Glenn joined Arquebus in 2013 with a background in technology businesses and forensic fingerprint and footwear analysis at the Home Office Scientific Development Branch. The synergy of forensics and technology is an instrumental part of his role, supporting partners across the globe. He has worked in over 30 different firearms laboratories providing training, process development and casework support. Glenn has been responsible for several implementation programs for legal test-fire programs, connecting field based test-firing, firearms registration and ballistic fingerprinting in the firearms laboratory.
Additionally, Glenn is team lead on all of Arquebus’ development of software solutions to support the fight against the criminal use of firearms and promote responsible firearms ownership. Products include Firearms Registration and Licensing software (FireCycle) and the Arquebus Firearms Focal Point integrated solution. These products have been deployed in a range of law enforcement and forensic institutions across the globe.
He has been utilised in a multitude of research projects including: examining the movement of firearms across jurisdictions, establishment of Firearm Focal Points (FFPs), examining the threat posed by converted firearms, utlising double casting and IBIS training. He studied forensic science (BSc, Queen Mary University of London) and is a professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Additionally he is a key contributor to research and educational institutions on firearms related issues.
Callum Lloyd BA (Hons), MSc
Project & Research Coordinator
Callum is Arquebus’ Project & Research Coordinator. He holds an MSc in Development & Security with distinction from the University of Bristol; receiving the SPAIS award for the highest overall grade in his cohort. During his studies, Callum’s research focus centred upon conflict studies, insecurity and foreign policy analysis.
This academic background brings an intimate knowledge of conflict, security and development to the Arquebus team, in addition to research skills which allow Arquebus and its clients to best understand emerging trends in SALW criminality, the impacts of SALW on security and development, and how Arquebus’ specialist knowledge and capabilities can be leveraged to create positive social impact.
Callum’s experience ranges from developing SOPs for the Firearms Focal Points of the Western Balkans on behalf of UNDP SEESAC, to coordinating and undertaking EU-funded research projects to assess the implementation and capabilities of National Firearms Focal Points and SALW recordkeeping and information exchange systems for projects FOCAL-SF and REGISYNC.
In addition to guest speaking for the European Commission, EMPACT, the EFE and SEEFEN, Callum has also designed and delivered training and workshops in Africa and the Caribbean, in addition to guest lecturing on SALW at UK universities.
Keith Bristow QPM
Executive Chairman of Heligan Group
Keith had a 32 year career in policing and law enforcement, where he developed extensive UK domestic and international leadership experience in intelligence, law enforcement, national security and sensitive operations.
He was appointed as the first Director General and Chair of the Board of the National Crime Agency, the body charged with leading the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime. Between 2011 and 2016, he led the agency from concept to full operational crimefighting, working closely with Government, global partners and participating in the UK National Security Council.
He was Head of Crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers and chaired key international law enforcement bodies, the ‘G8 (now G7) Law Enforcement Group’ and the ‘Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group’ for several years.
Keith graduated from the European Top Senior Police Officer Programme and holds a Masters Degree in Organisational Development, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies and a Diploma in Applied Criminology from the University of Cambridge. As an influential voice on contemporary law enforcement issues, he has a substantial record of keynote addresses both domestically and internationally.
Keith has been commended on several occasions for bravery, leadership and investigative skill, and has received a number of professional awards including most recently becoming the first non-US citizen to receive the FBI Director’s Medallion. In June 2008, Her Majesty the Queen honoured Keith with the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished police service in her Birthday Honours List.
Keith is now the Executive Chairman of Heligan Group, an investment banking boutique established in 2015 with complementary Corporate Finance, Private Equity and Wealth Management divisions. The Private Equity division has a specialist sector focus in National Security, Crime Prevention and Public Safety, and Arquebus is one of its portfolio companies. The Heligan portfolio also spans digital forensics, cyber security, forensic laboratory equipment, secure communications, and data analytics, and employs several hundred people in the UK and overseas.
Adrian Whiting QPM AIExpE
Associate – Head of SALW Projects
Adrian specialises in reviewing, inspecting and advising on controls of small arms & light weapons (SALW), ammunition and explosives with particular regard to registries. He has worked in this type of role since August 2013, on international projects including a feasibility study linking SALW control systems across a number of countries in southeast and eastern Europe for UNDP. He has also worked for OSCE on harmonising international standards for the permanent deactivation of SALW and wrote the recently adopted OSCE Best Practice Guidance in this field. He continues to assist OSCE on SALW related projects, as part of an international team.
Prior to August 2013 he was the UK’s Chief Police Officer (Assistant Chief Constable) responsible for firearms & explosives controls. He held that responsibility for a number of years, advising the UK Government on domestic controls and working with the UK Border Policing Command on the development of import and export controls. This included operational work to counter illicit arms trafficking and working with senior police colleagues on the disruption of firearms related organised crime, including diversion, in conjunction with leading industry representatives.
Adrian served concurrently as a specialist counter-terrorism cadre firearms commander, working closely with military colleagues in sensitive operations.
Associate – Solutions Architect
Keith has extended experience in assisting law enforcement agencies to get the most out of their data and the best out of their software investment. Keith has also worked with a number of commercial clients to help uncover fraud; usually by consolidating data hidden in disparate systems.
Keith has been working with data analytics software since 2006. He previously worked at IBM, where he consulted on the i2 analysis suite to clients around the world.
He now provides expertise on a number of different technologies, where he designs and implements data analytic solutions for client and partners in a number of sectors. In collaboration with Arquebus, Keith implemented several Firearms Focal Point (FFP) deployments across the Western Balkans. Each FFP involved bespoke connectivity to national databases, including Police Intelligence, Command & Control, Firearms Licensing & Registration and Ballistic Laboratory Databases (including IBIS).
Keith also operates as Solution Architect across Arquebus’ FireCycle Firearms Registration and Licensing platforms. Recently Keith has been incorporating Machine Learning and Big Data technology into solutions to compliment more traditional analytical tools like i2.