Droman Crime Solutions

Droman Crime Solutions Ltd is our sister company, and was set up in Scotland in January 2015 to pursue an innovative partnership with the University of Abertay and Police Scotland.  Our aim is to create a ‘serious game’ solution to training large numbers of people in law enforcement and similar agencies in cyber crime prevention, investigation and victim care.  Drawing on Abertay’s world leading reputation in cyber security and computer game design, Police Scotland’s operational experience as the UK’s second largest police force after the Met, and our own international experience in delivering major projects, we can offer clients an unparalleled service in this demanding area.

The board of Droman Crime Solutions comprises:

Paddy Tomkins QPM – Chair

Patrick (‘Paddy’) Tomkins is a distinguished adviser on major reform programmes, public safety, risk mitigation and strategic planning.

One of the UK’s most senior and accomplished former chief police officers, he has over 30 years experience of operational and strategic leadership at board level, including the planning and delivery of major international sporting competitions, cultural events, and state occasions in London and Scotland. He has extensive media experience, and is familiar with operating in high profile and often very sensitive circumstances.

As HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland (HMCICS) he was the senior professional adviser on policing and security to Ministers. In that role he produced the ‘Independent Review of Policing in Scotland’ that led to one of the most profound reforms of policing in the UK during the last 100 years. He was previously, among other roles, Chief Constable of Lothian & Borders Police and Commander (Crime) for Central London.

Winner of the top prize on the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies course (1997) and a graduate of the Cabinet Office Top Management Programme (2000), he has international experience in delivering complex projects in difficult operating conditions. He maintains a global network at senior levels of government and in the security, military, private and third sectors.

Since leaving the police service he has conducted an independent review of water rescue capability for the Scottish Government, led an EU funded twinning project between the governments of the UK and the Republic of Serbia on the Development of Strategic Planning within the Serbian Ministry of the Interior, and established innovative public-private partnerships to enhance cyber security and mitigate cyber crime.

He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for distinguished service in 2006.

Married, with two adult children, Paddy lives in the centre of the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

David McCracken

David McCracken joined the Metropolitan Police in 1982.  He served subsequently with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Lothian and Borders Police and Police Scotland.  He has held a series of operational roles including Detective Chief Inspector responsible for Child Protection, Operations Superintendent at Peterborough, principal public order commander for the G8 summit in Edinburgh, and Divisional Commander for Midlothian and East Lothian.

In 1991 he was appointed as a quality assurance inspector in National Police Training following successful completion of a series of curriculum design, training delivery and evaluation courses.  He achieved an M.Ed in training and evaluation in 1995

Appointed as Staff Officer to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary at the Home Office in 2001, he held a national portfolio including counter terrorism, border policing and liaison with the security services.

In a second posting to HMIC in 2008 (this time in Scotland) he led a series of joint inspections with other inspectorates and was the project manager for the Independent Review of Policing leading to police reform in Scotland.

He was Deputy to the HMI in Scotland in 2013, at the time of taking up the role of Head of Assurance for the Safety and Security Programme of the Commonwealth Games 2014.  On retirement from the police in 2014, he was appointed as independent chair of the Games Delivery Committee.

David is a practised assessor for the UK Police High Potential Development Scheme, an Office of Government Commerce Gateway assessor and EFQM assessor.

He has recently concluded his work the principal advisor and programme manager to the UK and Serbian governments for a €1m European Union (EU) funded project to lead the introduction of human resources and performance management systems into Serbia as part of their work to achieve EU accession.

He will continue to work with Serbian government throughout 2016, advising on the introduction of a Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment process leading to the first strategic plan in the Ministry of Interior and its subsequent linkage to programme budgeting and a synchronised strategic staffing plan for the Ministry’s 46,000+ employees.

Gp Capt (ret’d) James Johnston OBE

James JohnstonJames is an enormously experienced leader and has extensive exposure to the cyber domain, its regulation and exploitation, along with responsibility for contributing to the UK National Risk Register, and significant work on Resilience & Business Continuity. His business acumen is complemented with a technical background that includes electronic & electrical engineering, 4500 flying hours (pilot, supervisor and full authoriser) on large and complex aircraft.



Dr Martin Beaton

Dr Martin BeatonMartin is the Cyber Integrator for Scotland, based with the major consultancy PWC and working on behalf of Scottish enterprise and the Scottish Government. He has spent his career almost equally split between academia and industry that has given him a unique perspective into both environments. He is currently pulling together all Scottish resources and policy makers to help Scotland become a world authority in the area of Cyber Security.



Dr Natalie Coull - Non-Executive Director


Graduated from St Andrews University with a PhD in Computer Science, Natalie has been a lecturer in Computer Security in the School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics since 2007 at the University of Abertay based in Dundee. Her teaching and research interests focus on ethical hacking, which looks at all the different methods that a malicious hacker may use to circumvent the security of a system and the broad area of computer security with cover issues such as improving computer security for children and cyber patterns. Natalie is involved in a number of initiatives to increase the number of women who choose to study computing and regularly visits schools to conduct workshops with the pupils in her role as STEM ambassador.


Alastair Merrill FCIPS – Non-Executive Director

Alastair MerrillAlastair has almost 30 years’ experience working in a wide range of public sector, international, diplomatic and operational settings to deliver business transformation, strategy development and sound commercial governance. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, a member of the Institute of Directors (until February sitting on their Edinburgh Committee), a member of the Governing Body of the Scottish Institute of Policing Research, and an accredited assessor with the UK College of Policing. He is currently participating in the Major Projects Leadership Academy at Said Business School, Oxford.  He was the Commercial Director and Chief Procurement Officer for the Scottish Government. In early 2015 he became Vice Principal at the University of St Andrews, responsible for governance, policy and planning.



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