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Robert Hayes

Senior Fellow, Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments

​Robert Hayes has more than thirty years of experience working for the UK Government in senior positions in the law enforcement, security and intelligence community; he has also been a Senior Civil Servant in two UK Government Departments.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Robert was Head of the UK National Technical Assistance Centre (NTAC), the primary provider of lawful interception and specialist computer forensic services to UK agencies. NTAC works in partnership with industry and government agencies, in the UK and elsewhere, and provides policy advice, and a technology and communications watch capability to the UK Government. He was previously head of the UK National Specialist Law Enforcement Centre (NSLEC), a multi-agency organisation developing specialist covert and computer based investigative techniques and training programmes for UK law enforcement agencies. NSLEC works in partnership with other international agencies on trans-national programmes.

Robert had a full and varied police career, mostly in and around Cambridgeshire, including ten years as a hostage negotiator, and ultimately attaining the rank of Assistant Chief Constable. He holds a B.Sc. in Psychology, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Freeman of The City of London. He lives in Cambridgeshire and is married with one daughter.