Scott Byrd

Scott Byrd is a Lieutenant and a 19 year veteran with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.  Scott serves as the agency’s SWAT Field Commander and his job responsibilities include the management of tactical operations to include barricade and hostage situations, hazmat related tactical operations, and special event support which represents just a part of his tasking.  Scott has worked to build partnerships with the Nashville Fire Department’s Special Operations Division and the tactical teams of neighboring agencies.  Scott is a graduate of Cumberland University with a Masters Degree in Public Service Management and works to give back to his agency as a trainer and mentor, and to the community as a coach and public servant.

Noel Harris

Detective Chief Inspector Noel Harris has almost thirty years law enforcement experience, the majority of his service has been as a detective officer investigating all serious crime including kidnap and homicide within South Wales. DCI Harris has been the senior investigating officer (SIO) for several high profile murder investigations.

He is currently a Counter Terrorism SIO within the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU), responsible for the investigation of terrorism offences utilising covert and overt assets. WECTU is part of the UK’s national CT network.

He is also the lead officer for Protect and Prepare within Wales, which is part of the UK protective security response to the threat from terrorism. This directs that law enforcement and partners conduct regular testing and exercise in preparation for a terrorist attack. It also ensures that the latest protective security advice is disseminated and implemented with sites of critical importance in line with intelligence led threat assessments.

Bob Royall

Bob Royall is a 45-plus year veteran of the fire service and is currently the Assistant Chief, Emergency Operations and the Chief Financial Officer for the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office in Harris County, TX.

Chief Royall holds an Advanced Firefighter, Certified Fire Officer, Hazardous Materials Technician, and Incident Safety Officer Certifications. He is also a recognized subject matter expert on matters of Homeland Security response and preparedness, emergency management, disaster response, community planning and preparedness, and industrial response.

Chief Royall proudly served as the Deputy Area Commander for the Hurricane Katrina Astrodome Shelter Operation, and as the Local On-scene Coordinator for the ESF-10 Hazardous Materials and Oil Spill response following Hurricane Ike. He currently Chairs the IAFC National HazMat Committee, the Texas Department of Emergency Management - Texas Emergency Management Advisory Committee, is Co-Chair of the National Fire Protection Association 475 Technical Committee, a Principle Member of the NFPA 472 Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials/WMD Response, a member of the Houston-Galveston Area Maritime Security Committee, the Central Texas Coastal Area Committee, and the former Chair of the Greater Houston Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Chief Royall’s recognitions include the Houston Fire Department Commendation Medal and Medal of Valor. He has also received the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service, and Humanitarian Service Medals. In 2010, Bob was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for his efforts during Hurricane Ike.

Wayne Bryden

Wayne Bryden obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University in 1982 and 1983 respectively. He spent a 25-year career at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU-APL) where he conducted basic and applied materials and biodefense research as a Principal Professional Staff Scientist and Program Manager.

Since his time with JHU-APL Wayne has gone on to serve as a Program Manager in the Special Projects/Strategic Technology Office of DARPA, where in 2007 he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, VP for advanced research and Chief Scientific Officer at ICx Tecnologies, and Chief Science Officer of the Detection Division of FLIR Systems

In September 2013 Wayne cofounded Zeteo Tech, Inc, where he currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Wayne is the author of more than 80 publications and holds 7 US Patents (with 2 pending). He was twice honored as a JHU-APL Inventor of the Year for invention of novel mass spectrometry-based sensors and biological decontamination technologies. His current research interests include miniaturized sensors, integration of sensors with autonomous robotic systems, mass spectrometry, systems biology, airborne transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, standoff chemical and biological detection, hyperspectral imaging, and materials science. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Sigma Pi Sigma, and Sigma Xi. He has served on the faculty of the Part-Time Graduate Program, G. W. C. Whiting School of Engineering of The Johns Hopkins University since 1987 teaching courses in Applied Physics and Applied Biomedical Engineering Programs.

Patrick Sheehan

Patrick Sheehan serves as the Director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), a role he was appointed to in May 2016, leading Tennessee’s emergency management community. Mr. Sheehan chairs Tennessee’s State Emergency Response Council and serves as the Region 4 Vice President(Southeast) of the National Emergency Management Association, Vice-Chairing the EMAC Committee; Vice-Chairs the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, Co-Chairs Tennessee’s Cyber Security Council, and is also a member of the Nashville JTTF and a number of additional public safety organizations.

Sheehan is a graduate of the prestigious Executive Leaders Program offered by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School/Center for Homeland Defense and Security. As a junior enlisted member of the US Army Reserve he served as an NBC Specialist and completed the US Army Chemical School and the Toxic Agent Training Course at the Chemical Defense Training Facility at Fort McClellan.

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