11 Mar

Modern Day Slavery: Collaborating to Tackle Exploitation

CIEH member: £99
Affiliate member: £149
Non-member: £149

York City Council, Housing Standards and Adaptations West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

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CIEH is proud to launch its first Modern Day Slavery Network Conference looking at strategies to work collaboratively with multi-agencies. Working with our Network members, this conference programme includes local, front-line speakers sharing best practice case studies and experiences, joined by speakers across the country who are leading the fight against modern slavery by working with stakeholders to effectively identify, rescue, support, rehabilitate people affected and prosecute offenders.

This conference will look at the key role Local Authorities play in tackling modern day slavery, hear how the issues around modern slavery are impacting front line staff and what they can do after identifying potential victims during their routine inspections on food, residential and business premises. 

Key topics include:

  • Lessons learnt from multi-agency rescue and recovery planning
  • Multi-Agency Partnerships Experiences and Successes
  • Combatting trafficking: Metropolitan Police collaborative approach

Who should attend:

  • Public Health Professionals
  • Environmental Health Practitioners
  • Police Officers
  • Youth Teams
  • Social Services


CPD: 5 Hours

Ruth Andrews, Head of Investigations & Safeguarding Trained as Trading Standards Officer, qualified and joined North Yorkshires Special Investigations Unit as a Divisional Officer. We looked at Doorstep Crime offending, and vulnerable adults targeted by fraudsters we also started financial investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act. I led nationally in developing the response to Doorstep Crime for the National Tasking Group of National Trading Standards. In 2015 I returned to the day job in North Yorkshire and set up and continue to manage the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Team, Operation Gauntlet, targeting all forms of fraud and financial abuse of vulnerable adults.

Susan Banister, Head of Business Development team, Slave-Free Alliance, is a law graduate who ended up working in the commercial sector. She has over 25 years’ experience working with businesses from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies. Susan has hands on experience of rescuing victims of forced labour in the UK and understands the devastating effect this crime has and how victims and businesses can find themselves exploited. Ranked #24 of Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers Index in 2018, Susan currently works with businesses looking at modern slavery in their own organisations and their supply chains. 

Phil Brewer, Detective Chief Inspector currently leads the Metropolitan Police Modern Slavery & Kidnap Unit (MSKU), a team of 60 officers targeting organised criminal networks involved in slavery & trafficking. He joined the Met in 1990 and worked predominantly in North & East London. Phil has significant experience in tackling serious & organised crime, working on a number of dedicated proactive squads. He played a key role in the formation of the MSKU & has supported National Policing including representing the UK at Europol Trafficking Human Beings expert meetings. 


Zoe Cooper, project Officer, Marketing, City of York, is a business graduate who has worked in Marketing for most of my career across various different industries and had involvement from events planning to marketing campaigns, product development etc. she has been employed by the City of York Council to work on a leaflet to target Modern Slavery in York, specifically in food premises.

The innovative angle of this project is to use a soft, rather than harder approach to reach potential victims and inform them of their rights and also the support that is available should their rights have been breached.


Gary Craig, Professor of Social Justice, spent a spell in the local government and voluntary sectors, he has worked at a number of universities and is currently Visiting Professor at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne, York St John and York. He has been working on issues of modern slavery for around twenty years having first come across the issue in the course of migration studies. He has published several books in this area. He is now also a freelance researcher available to undertake research studies on commission.

photo of Paul Gerrard

Paul Gerrard spent twenty years in the UK Civil Service before becoming Policy and Campaigns Director at the world’s oldest co-operative business, the Co-op, in 2016. He leads their campaigning, ethics and sustainability work including on supporting survivors of slavery, which was recognised by the Stop Slavery award in 2017, and on tackling loneliness. Mr Gerrard is a Fellow of IEMA the global body of sustainability professionals.

Jon Hardwick

Jon Hardwick is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner currently working for Wirral Borough Council as the Lead Officer for the Public Health funded projects "Reducing the Strength and Custodians" - both have received national recognition winning the CIEH Excellence Award-Best Project 2017 and Phoenix Futures Partnership Award 2018. Hardwick has over 20 years' experience working within the Environmental Health Department following all aspects of the authorities Enforcement Policy. In October 2018 he and each partner were commended by Merseyside Police "for excellent partnership working and professional proficiency utilising a variety of disruption tactics to target organised crime groups in Wirral".

Jane Mowat has been Head of Community Safety for City of York Council since 2002. Within that role she manages a joint Police and City of York Council Community Safety Hub focusing on tackling high risk and vulnerability anti-social behaviour. She is also the council’s lead officer for Modern Slavery and a member of the York and North Yorkshire Modern Slavery Partnership.

Joanne Moran

Joanne Moran has almost 30 years policing experience with the Merseyside Police and has held a variety of posts from Uniform Policing, CID and an Area Vice Squad. She has also spent her service in the Intelligence field including managing covert human sources and evaluating, sanitising and disseminating this intelligence. After a career break spent in Madrid due to family commitments Joanne returned to local Policing and to the licensing department of the Wirral area. She was eventually appointed as Wirral Areas single point of contact for licensing matters, child sexual exploitation and human trafficking with emphasis on joint agency working. 

Tony Saggers is a ‘Threat Risk and Harm’ consultant with 30 years of law enforcement and intelligence experience. His final role was as Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence with the National Crime Agency, linked to which he had a national responsibility for County Lines. He has since designed countywide multi-agency strategies for gang crime and County Lines, delivers training to police officers and workshops for a diverse range of professionals encountering this problem. He is a media commentator and advisor on the topic and assists corporate responses with bespoke tactics and design of effective resources for safeguarding and prevention. 

photo of Dawn Welham

Dawn Welham, President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health FCIEH was appointed President-Elect of CIEH in July 2017 and following a 30-year career comes to the role with an in-depth knowledge of fresh food, grocery and retail sectors covering product development, store operations and global supply chains.

Just Eat plc operates a leading global marketplace for takeaway food delivery. Headquartered in London, we use proprietary technology to offer a quick and efficient digital ordering service for 22.8 million Customers and 87,500 Restaurant Partners across the UK, Australia & New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and Brazil. Just Eat is a member of the FTSE 100 Index. 

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