The Commissioner's Team

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Office includes staff members with a background in law enforcement, policy, victim support, research, human rights and those with years of general experience in the UK’s anti-slavery sector.

Jenna Teasdale
International Lead

Jenna Teasdale is the International Lead at the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. She joined the team in Autumn 2019 as the Research and Innovation Lead to support delivery of the Commissioner’s work to maximise value from research and ensure it informs both policy and practice. Jenna first developed an interest in human trafficking whilst completing an MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism at University College London in 2012.

She began her career as a Border Force Officer and member of the Heathrow Safeguarding and Trafficking team, providing immediate support to potential victims and assisting with multi-agency operational activity. She has subsequently worked as an intelligence analyst, leading on modern slavery and human trafficking for Border Force Intelligence Analysis and undertaking a secondment to the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Unit. Most recently Jenna worked as Senior Intelligence Analyst in the Office of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, leading on joint working and intelligence sharing for the 2019/20 Labour Market Enforcement Strategy.

Katherine Lawson
Research and Innovation Lead

Katherine Lawson is the Research and Innovation Lead at the Office of the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. She joined the team in early 2018 and has held posts as a Policy Officer and Communications Officer. 

She previously worked at the research institute Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, for five years focused on UK-Africa relations. In this capacity she researched and wrote reports on the illegal wildlife trade and on landmine clearance in Africa. Whilst at Chatham House she co-ordinated two All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Nigeria and Angola. The Nigeria APPG conducted a research visit to Nigeria in 2018 which examined shared approaches to tackling human trafficking from Nigeria to the UK.

Jessica Roberts
Communications Officer

Jessica Roberts is the Communications Officer at the Office of the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. She joined the team in Summer 2021 after returning to London from New York, where she held a marketing role in a major financial data services business.

She has previous marketing and communications experience in the international trade sector, developing a market data-sharing platform and managing corporate events for a leading global shipbroking firm. During her time in the private sector she acted as an ambassador for an anti-slavery organisation, representing them at events such as The McCain Institute’s Combatting Human Trafficking Symposium in Washington D.C.

Ed Bateman
Chief of Staff

Ed Bateman is the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Chief of Staff, managing the office and supporting the commissioner coordinate and deliver the key aims of their strategic plan.

Prior to joining the IASC in March 2020, Ed was at the Security Industry Authority (SIA) where he led on enforcement, investigations and safeguarding for six years.

Ed was a London police office for 35 years serving mostly in central and south east London boroughs. His final posts as a chief superintendent were with the MPS government affairs department, the diversity and communities team and head of security at the Palace of Westminster.

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