The Advisory Panel provides guidance, challenge and support to the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Membership is comprised of a diverse set of experts from the modern slavery sector and beyond.
Membership of the advisory panel includes leaders from academia, law and the criminal justice system, faith-based groups, non-governmental organisations and UK Parliament. There is representation from England and Wales and the Devolved Administrations. A list of members can be found here.
The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern is the Chair of the Advisory Panel. He is Chair of The Clewer Initiative, which enables Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care.
Dr Redfern served as Bishop of Derby from 2005 to 2018, when he worked extensively to raise awareness of human trafficking and the value of partnerships between the police, statutory agencies, business, the voluntary sector, and faith groups. He hosted two modern slavery awareness summits and one training day in partnership with local groups and national representatives. In November 2014, he was the Church of England’s representative in Rome for the launch of the Global Freedom Network, which has united world religious leaders to campaign against slavery.
He has expertise in the fields of theology, church history, social justice, clergy training, leadership and spirituality. He is an accomplished speaker, lecturer and teacher, and an author of books and papers on a variety of Christian themes.
Lara is the CEO and Founder of the Snowdrop Project. Lara left her home town, Skipton, to come to Sheffield for a BA in Psychology and Sociology and then went on to complete an MA in Social Work. She worked for Doncaster Social Services and CAMHS before working for an NRM safe house in Sheffield. As a result of seeing the need for further support, Lara started the Snowdrop Project.
She is a guest lecturer at Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield University and co-authored the report, ‘Life Beyond the Safe House’ (2015) for the Human Trafficking Foundation. Her most adventurous experiences through work were in Turkmenistan, presenting to the government, conducting social research in Libya and giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. It has been her delight over the last few years to grow Snowdrop to where it is today and work with some of the most dedicated, passionate and caring people she has ever met.
Ann Elizabeth Oldfield Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss, GBE, PC, is a retired English judge. She was the first female Lord Justice of Appeal and until 2004 was the highest-ranking female judge in the United Kingdom. Called to the Bar aged 21 (Inner Temple), she practised from 1955 to 1970. She became a Bencher in 1979, Treasurer of the Inner Temple in 1998; after serving as a Judge of the Family Division from 1979-88 and first woman Lord Justice of Appeal 1988-99, she became President of the Family Division (1999-2005).
In 2006 Baroness Butler-Sloss was awarded a Peerage (as a Peoples’ Peer) and joined the Crossbench Peers. She consulted the government helping to shape and write the Adoption Act 2010, and continues to take a great interest in child welfare and family legislation. She was Chairman of the Post Legislative Adoption Committee (April 2012 -publication of Report March 2013); a Member of the Joint Select Committee on the Modern Slavery Bill (Lords Members appointed 15 Jan 2014 - Report published 7 Apr 2014).
She is Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and played a key role in advising on the Modern Slavery Act (2015). She is also a Trustee of the Human Trafficking Foundation and was part of the UK delegation to the International Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking & Organised Crime held in the Vatican on 2 – 4 June 2016.
Mick started his career in the Voluntary Sector as a Youth Worker, and has worked in the Homelessness Sector since 1995. Starting as a volunteer, he then worked as a project worker in hostels and then moved into the area of employment and training, including establishing peer education projects, social enterprise schemes. After several years as Head of Services for a national charity, Mick moved to The Passage as Deputy Chief Executive in 2006, and in January 2009 was appointed Chief Executive of The Passage.
The Passage was established in 1980 with a mission to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives. The Passage does this by being a leading provider of services to homeless people (running Europe’s largest Resource Centre for homeless people, based in the heart of Westminster), offering primary services, housing advice, health services and employment and training opportunities. Since 1980, The Passage has helped over 100,000 people and also provides emergency accommodation, supported housing services and homelessness prevention schemes, as well as working to address the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking.
Rt Hon Fiona Mactaggart was elected MP for Slough in 1997 and served until the general election in 2017 when she stepped down. During her time as an MP she served on select committees on Public Administration, Children Schools and Families, Public Accounts and latterly Intelligence and Security. She founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and Global Sexual Exploitation and in 2012 was elected Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, a post she continued to hold until 2017.
Following the election, together with Baroness Butler-Sloss she chaired an enquiry into the experience of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in Europe which was published in July 2017 by the Human Trafficking Foundation. From 1997 until 2001 she was parliamentary private secretary to Chris Smith, secretary of state for culture media and sport. In 2003 she was appointed as a minister in the Home Office, a role she held until 2006 when she stepped down because she wished to concentrate on recovering from Ovarian Cancer. In 2015 she was appointed to the Privy Council.
Before she became an MP she was Chief Executive the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, a primary teacher and lecturer. She serves as trustee of charities, including Commonweal Housing, and is currently chair of Agenda the charity for women and girls at risk as well as the Fawcett Society and Omnibus theatre Clapham.
Julia Mulligan has been North Yorkshire’s Police Fire and Crime Commissioner since November 2012. Now in her second term, Julia is a Director of the Association for Police and Crime Commissioners, the national body for Police Crime Commissioners and is the joint national lead for victims and violence against women. Julia has contributed to a number of parliamentary reviews including Lord Farmer’s Review of the importance of family ties for female offenders and is a member of both the Advisory Board on Female Offenders and the Modern Slavery Strategic Oversight Board.
Before taking on her current role, Julia ran her own business specialising in evidence-based behaviour change and prior to that, spent ten years in the communications industry specialising in corporate change for large multinational organisations.
Paul is a lecturer in social work at the University of Stirling. He has worked in front line practice, management, policy development and research in youth and criminal justice and child protection social work in Scotland.
He has been involved in child trafficking and sexual exploitation research, policy and practice development for the last twelve years, in Glasgow City Council social work child protection team before moving to the University of Stirling in 2013. Paul has published a number of research reports and papers that address the challenges in addressing child trafficking and sexual exploitation in Scotland. He was involved in the monitoring group for the London Safeguarding Board child trafficking toolkit in 2010/11, shortly after the implementation of the National Referral Mechanism.
He presently sits on the Scottish Government’s Child Trafficking Strategy Group, Action Area 3 (Conditions That Foster Trafficking And Exploitation) group of the Human Trafficking Strategy and the National Child Sexual Exploitation Group.
Gillian is a Partner at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, and advises on all areas of domestic and international Family law and has an extensive international practice. Gillian has a bias towards the financial aspects of relationship breakdown and highly complex, high-net-worth financial claims. She is also very experienced in private law children disputes and financial applications on behalf of a child.
Gillian is the immediate past Chair to the Family Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and has been an officer since 2007. She is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). She is a recommended member of the Citywealth Leaders’ List and also rated as a Super Lawyer. She is listed in the leading legal directories. She was awarded Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 2018 by Lexis Nexis.
She co-chaired the IBA Human Trafficking Task Force and coordinated Judicial training on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in England and Wales. She is an invited member, and honorary legal advisor, to the Santa Marta Group, an initiative of Pope Francis which has as its aim the combatting human trafficking. She was appointed to the advisory panel of the first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE. She is a patron to St Mary`s University in Twickenham. She is co-chair of the Surrey Against Slaves project. She is the founding chair of the Penningtons Manches Cooper Foundation.
In 2016, Gillian was given Freedom of the City of London and became a Liveryman in The City of London Solicitors' Company. She is a Governor at Farnborough Hill Independent School. Gillian lectures in family law and modern slavery both in the UK and abroad.
Sir Bernard Silverman FRS is a statistician whose research has ranged widely across theoretical and practical aspects of statistics. He is recognised as a pioneer of computational statistics, researching the ways that computing power has changed our ability to collect, analyse, understand and utilise data. He has published widely in this field, covering aspects from the fundamental mathematical properties of new methods to computer packages for their implementation. He has collaborated in many fields in the physical, life and social sciences and with various areas of industry and government.
Following senior academic posts at Bath, Bristol and Oxford, where he was Master of St Peter’s College from 2003 to 2009, he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office from 2010 to 2017. A former President of the Royal Statistical Society, his main current research interest is in Modern Slavery, building on his work for the Home Office in producing the first scientific estimate of the prevalence of Modern Slavery in the UK. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Modern Slavery, and holds a part-time appointment as Professor of Modern Slavery Statistics at the University of Nottingham.
Sir Bernard is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Academy of Social Sciences, and is the recipient of the premier award of the American statistical societies and two Guy Medals of the Royal Statistical Society. He has been conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the Universities of St Andrews, Lancaster, Bath and Bristol. He was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours List for public service and services to Science.
Yasmin Waljee OBE is the firm's International Pro Bono Director. Her appointment in 1997 as a legally qualified, full time pro bono manager was the first of its kind in Europe.
Yasmin has been key to establishing and embedding a pro bono culture within Hogan Lovells. Yasmin helped the firm achieve this by designing and implementing pro bono projects which focus the firm's specialist commercial legal expertise in the areas of women's rights, disability rights and social innovation. Yasmin is an international human rights lawyer and has advised on issues relating to compensation for victims of crime and terrorism including the July 7 bombing victims, the right to life and regularly works on public policy issues in this area. Yasmin co-leads the firm's award winning social enterprise and social finance practice.
Yasmin is the Vice-Chair of Mosaic, the HRH Prince of Wales-led initiative to support young Muslims and their peers growing up in deprived areas whilst breaking down the barriers and suspicions with British Society. Yasmin sits is a member of the British Council's Society Advisory Group.
In 2010 Yasmin was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list.
Mel Wiggins has been the Project Coordinator of Freedom Acts for the past seven years. Freedom Acts was established in 2011 as the first project tackling the issue of modern slavery in Northern Ireland and now operates a prevention programme for those most at risk of exploitation in Northern Ireland. Mel has been involved in the charity sector for 18 years in both England and Northern Ireland working with organisations such as The Salvation Army, The Princes Trust, Stop The Traffik, and YMCA.
In 2017 she received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for her work in tackling human trafficking. She is dedicated to keeping anti-trafficking initiatives relevant, preventative and sustainable.
Former actor, professor of Cultural Studies, and Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority Lola Young has served on the Boards of several national cultural organisations and Chaired the Young Review and Agenda, addressing racial disproportionality and the vulnerability of traumatised women in the justice system.
In 2004 Lola was appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords where she works on legislation to eliminate modern slavery, Co-Chairing All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights as well as recently being appointed Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London. Lola has also served as chair of judges for the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Caine Prize for African Writing and most recently the 2017 Booker Prize.
The figures on growing delays have prompted @UKAntiSlavery Commissioner to call for 'radical reform' in the system 'I am deeply concerned that the system is not keeping pace with demand. We need radical reform of the NRM so we can equip victims to become survivors,' she told me
A record 10,627 suspected slaves were referred to the British government for help in 2019, up by 52% in a year, amid fears coronavirus will worsen abuse | Latest on #modernslavery #humantrafficking at @TRF_Stories https://tmsnrt.rs/343JEx3
BREAKING: Record high 10,000 suspected modern slavery victims in UK, figures show The number of people referred to the NRM surged 52% last year. Worryingly, 8 in 10 (8,429) still awaiting a conclusive grounds decision – revealing huge and growing backlog https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/modern-slavery-uk-victims-year-figure-trafficking-home-office-a9441711.html …
Dame Sara welcomes this @VictimsComm Review on #domesticabuse and child criminal exploitation which "emphasises the need to place safeguarding at the heart of our response to child exploitation" https://www.antislaverycommissioner.co.uk/news-insights/dame-sara-welcomes-victims-commissioner-review-on-children-s-experience-of-domestic-abuse-and-criminality/ … https://twitter.com/VictimsComm/status/1245279778963369984 …
Dame Sara has released a message to all support providers and survivors of #modernslavery on the impact of #Coronavirus - https://www.antislaverycommissioner.co.uk/news-insights/message-from-dame-sara-impact-of-coronavirus-on-modern-slavery-survivors-and-support-providers/ …