Strategic Expertise International CIC


Maureen Brown QPM, Georgina Sinclair PhD, and Paddy Tomkins QPM MA, have drawn on their own extensive experiences of working with UK and international governments, institutions and community groups internationally to create SEI. As a not-for-profit community interest company, we provide the expertise that operational services in the UK and across the EU often find hard to release for international projects with the pressures of increasing workloads and tight budgets.

In addition to our own expertise, we partner with a wide range of accomplished associates from across the UK Civil Service, local government, universities who have been tested in some of the most demanding operational environments.  Many have recent experience of running large, complex and high-risk organisations in the UK and overseas.  We and all our associates offer practical, hands-on advice at strategic, tactical and operational levels of service delivery.

Maureen Brown QPM

Maureen is a former UK Chief Police Officer who has extensive national and international experience at strategic level. During Maureen’s UK career she held strategic command roles with responsibility for policing operations, community partnerships and between 2004/2006 inspecting the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces in England and Wales.

In 2008 Maureen was appointed as a Strategic Police Advisor in the European Union responsible for advising on police reform, strategic planning and international rule of law operations. She has advised strategic Governments/Police leaders and has led review teams looking at international policing, police reform and UK development programmes in a wide range of countries affected by conflict.

From mid-2011-2012 Maureen was the lead UK policing adviser to the new Libya Government and since January 2013 has provided strategic planning guidance to the Ministry of Interior and National Security in Guyana and Somalia and on leadership development in Pakistan and China. Additionally Maureen has international experience in course development, leadership training and providing mentoring support to senior EU and international leaders.  She is a member of the UK Gov Security and Justice Senior Cadre, Associate of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and Senior Advisor to the International Challenges Forum Secretariat (Sweden).

She was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Police Service in 2010.

Georgina Sinclair PhD

Georgina is a police studies academic specialist with an expertise in international policing assistance and policing fragile and conflict-affected states; police intelligence and international criminal investigations and police-military cooperation. She has a strong interest in the relationship between theory, policy and practice in the governance of crime.

She has held academic lectureships at the Universities of Reading and Leeds and a research post at The Open University (2008-2014). She graduated from the University of Reading with First Class Honours in History and was awarded the Martyn Bendor Samuel Memorial Prize. She has a PhD in History (2002) from the University of Reading and has published and presented worldwide.

Her engagement with knowledge transfer activities led to policy and strategy development with UK police and ACPO (International Affairs) from 2010-2014. As the sole academic representative on the cross-governmental International Policing Assistance Board (IPAB) she advised senior UK police (including MOD Police) on a broad range of international policing issues. She brings a multi-disciplinary and ethical approach to her working practices and an excellent command of the French and German languages.

Georgina is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Law at Queens University Belfast, an Honorary Fellow at the International Centre for Crime, Policing and Justice at the Open University, an associate of the Scottish Institute for Police Research (SIPRA), and, a fellow of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong.

Paddy Tomkins QPM MA RCDS

Paddy was a police officer for over 30 years, most of them in command ranks. He was educated at King's College London, where he took First Class Honours in History.  He graduated from the UK National School of Government’s Top Management Programme in 2000.  He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Police Service in 2006.  He has an MA in Classical Studies (2012) from the Open University. 

Appointed to Sussex Police in 1979, he later transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service.  In 1997 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) course for one star army generals and equivalents, where he took the top prize for that year and was published in the journal of RUSI.

He was Commander (Crime) for Central London, commanding major incidents such as the Greek Embassy siege, and Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Home Office before moving in 2002 to Lothian and Borders Police, Edinburgh, as Chief Constable.  He was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland, advising government ministers and Parliament on policing, and inspecting the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces, from 2007 to 2009.  He led the Independent Review of Policing in Scotland (2009), setting out the key challenges for the governance and risk management in policing that led to the most fundamental reform of policing in the UK for 200 years.

From 2012 to 2014 he was the UK resident twinning advisor for the European Commission.  He is now leading a partnership developing innovative solutions to training in cyber crime investigation skills.

Paddy is an associate of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and a member of the Centre for Evidence Based Policing.