Chairman – Gareth Davies

Gareth is a senior lecturer (computer forensics) and researcher in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales.

The main focus of his research is the forensic analysis of physical data storage technologies, in particular data recovery of malfunctioning hardware such as hard disk drives and memory chip-based devices.

Over the past 5 years. Gareth has built a name for himself as a consultant and investigator on forensic and evidential recovery cases. Clients include Hi-Tech crime units., the National Crime Agency, the Ministry of Defence, Government and large commercial organisations. Gareth is also registered as an expert in forensic data recovery on the National Crime Agency database.

He holds two adjunct lecturer positions; one with the Security Research Centre at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, and the second with The Centre for Cyber Security, Longwood University, Virginia, USA

He is a committee member of the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (ADFSL) based in the USA. In his committee role Gareth helps to organise annual conferences and workshops for law enforcement and the wider community.

Gareth has been awarded the Welsh Livery Company (London City Company) Gold Award 2015, for significant contribution in his area of technology. The award recognises that Gareth has not only advanced himself to a level beyond that expected for his age, but that he is also helping nurture new talent in his field.

During his 2015 summer break, Gareth summited Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m) in aid of the charity ‘Practical Action’, which supports sustainable clean water supplies for Africa. He raised £3,500 .

In 2017 he became the Chairman of F3.