Semantics 21 Welcomes Stuart Hutchinson As It’s New Director Of Business Development


Semantics 21® are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Stuart Hutchinson as its new Director of Business Development.


Stuart joins Semantics 21, the developers of the multi-award-winning S21® LASERi® Suite who won the 2019 Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation, as the company expands across the world to continue to provide the fastest and most intelligent suite of tools for categorisation and victim identification.


Stuart Hutchinson, Director of Business Development: “I am excited and proud to join the Semantics 21 team. The products we offer are not only innovative and ground-breaking in their use of Artificial Intelligence to identify and protect victims of sexual abuse but have been designed to safeguard the men and women of law enforcement agencies around the world who dedicate their lives to protecting vulnerable people.

Semantics 21 was recently presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (in the Innovation category) which is a testament to their world-leading research and development into the use of Artificial Intelligence in digital forensics. The LASERi Suite of tools makes that innovative research available to investigators allowing them to identify victims and prosecute offenders faster than ever before.”


Dr. Liam Owens, Founder and CEO:Stuart is a fantastic addition the S21 team, we are proud to welcome such a dedicated and highly regarded professional in digital forensics and security to help develop Semantics 21, and to ensure we get the multi-award-winning S21 LASERi Suite into the hands of even more amazing law enforcement agencies across the world. Stuart’s drive, knowledge and skills in the field will ensure that not only are our tools and support unbeatable, but that the business itself continues to adapt to provide the most competitive prices, creating opportunities for others to join the growing team, all whilst ensuring we provide the most innovative and customer-centric business possible for both new and existing customers.”


Prof. Claude Chibelushi, Director of Research and Development: “I am really looking forward to working with Stuart as part of the senior team here at S21, Stuart join us at a very exciting time in the company’s history. In addition to working on some very special enhancements that will put the S21 LASERi Suite even further ahead, we are also expanding our team, creating exciting opportunities for the best talent to be part of something special. We’re proud and excited to see the huge influx of organisations across the world enquiring and joining the S21 community”.



Mr. Stuart Hutchinson, Profile:

Prior to joining Semantics 21 Mr Hutchinson was Vice President (APAC & LatAM) for BlackBag Technologies. During his 5-year tenure with BlackBag Technologies Mr Hutchinson held several executive positions including Vice President, International Sales and Vice President, Global Operations. Most recently he was responsible for international business development and growing the business in Asia Pacific and Latin America.

A police officer for 23 years, Mr Hutchinson worked in digital forensics and cybersecurity for the Metropolitan Police Special Branch and Counter-Terrorism Command. He was involved in countless high-profile investigations and responsible for the Met’s OSINT team during the London Olympics in 2012.

Combined with his experience in driving business growth internationally Mr Hutchinson brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record that will allow Semantics 21 to deliver its award-winning and innovative tools to agencies both here in the United Kingdom and across the globe.


Semantics 21, Profile:

Semantics 21® produces state-of-the-art digital forensics software for reviewing, analysing and grading images and videos. Its software is empowering law enforcement and associated agencies, across the world, with boosted capacity and capability to combat child sexual exploitation and aid in investigations of other criminal activities, such as organized crime. Its cutting-edge technology delivers unrivalled investigation speed without sacrificing reliability, and it offers superior victim or suspect identification functionality. The technology has won multiple excellence awards, including a highly coveted ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2019’, and the ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Award (Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards, 2018)’.  To learn more, visit



Beacon Business Park

New S21 Head Offices and Training Facilities


Semantics 21 are pleased to move into their new state-of-the-art Head Offices, with onsite training facilities at the Beacon House Business Park in Stafford.


Located directly behind the Staffordshire Police Headquarters, the offices have training facilities to accommodate small and large numbers of attendees for onsite meetings and hands-on training of the S21 LASERi Suite.


If you are interested in getting out of your office and joining the S21 team for training, get in contact!



Queens Award 2019

Semantics 21 Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2019

Semantics 21 Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2019


For its innovative technology, crafted into the S21 LASERi Suite, with high impact in the world


We are the first UK digital forensics company to receive the most prestigious business accolade in the country.


We are delighted to announce that Semantics 21 has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Announced on Tuesday 23 April 2019, the award recognises Semantics 21 for excellence in innovation.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the United Kingdom. First established in 1965, the awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products or services, delivering impressive social mobility programmes or showing their commitment to excellent sustainable development practices.

Overjoyed that Semantics 21 has been recognised among the most innovative businesses in the country, the CEO and Founder of Semantics 21, Dr. Liam Owens, said:

“This award is a testament to the fantastic commitment of the S21 team and the cutting-edge technology built into the S21 LASERi Suite, to support investigators across the world in their effort to identify and find more victims than ever before and eliminate backlogs.

We are proud to work with such dedicated investigators who give their all in protecting the innocent and convicting the guilty. We at S21 are determined to ensure we put in their hands the fastest and most sophisticated arsenal of tools.

My thanks to the amazing people we work with, those who have supported us to date, our wonderful partners in the field, and of course to our brilliant team here at S21.”

Winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, our second innovation award within one year, is another fitting testament for our commitment to keep producing next-generation law enforcement tools, built upon technology which is second to none and is grounded in cutting-edge research.