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Gordon Scobbie

Gordon Scobbie Chair of Trustees

Gordon has a wealth of experience within the public safety sector and has operated at every level within UK policing from constable to chief officer.

In 2009, whilst Assistant Chief Constable with West Midlands Police, he created a national policing portfolio to respond to the challenges of the digital age. As the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) lead for Social Media and Digital Engagement, he helped UK policing establish itself as a world leader in embracing the opportunities to engage with communities more effectively through digital channels. He was a leading player in the ACPO and Home Office response to the disorder across England in August 2011 where the role of social media was influential.

Gordon took the post of Deputy Chief Constable within Tayside Police, Scotland in November 2010 and continued with his ACPO work on Digital across UK policing. He was also directly involved in the formation of Police Scotland, amalgamating the 8 Scottish Police Forces and central agencies into a single centralised force. Gordon retired from policing in March 2013 and immediately established his own company to focus on social media and digital transformation.

Gordon joined a small social media analytics start-up company in early 2013 as Law Enforcement Director. In October 2014, having firmly established the company in the UK and internationally, he sought a fresh challenge with Ericsson, in the role of Head of Public Safety and Sales Director, West and Central Europe. After 2 years in this role, Gordon took some time out before returning to consultancy work, including some bespoke work with Yoti, a digital identity company. Gordon then joined Amazon Web Services (AWS) in June 2018 as business development manager, National Security and Public Safety, before being lured back to Yoti in January 2019 as Country Lead for Scotland.

Gordon has a Law degree from the University of Strathclyde (Ross Harper prize winner for criminal law) and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Birmingham.

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