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A Country's response to the Modern Slavery Act


A Country's response to the Modern Slavery Act 

The event will focus on the work underway in Wales to combat Modern Slavery, including a presentation by Wales’ Anti-Slavery Coordinator  and the cross-sectoral Leadership Group he organises. We will discuss the publication of Wales’ Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains, with its wider focus on unlawful and unethical employment practices in supply chains, and hear from organisations that have signed up to it. CPD 2

Chris Syder, Partner at Pennington Manches, our hosts for the evening, will talk about his considerable experience in these areas, and Justine Currell, of UNSEEN, will cover the work of the Modern Slavery Helpline and work on improving transparency in supply chains.After the short presentations there will be a question and answer session with the speakers, which will provide an opportunity for sharing experiences and feedback.

There is no charge to attend this event. 

Senior MCIPS can book a place by calling CIPS Customer Services Team on 01780 756777.

Date: Thursday 14 September 2017
Venue: Penningtons Manches LLP
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person


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This event is open for on-line bookings for FCIPS members.

Senior MCIPS can book a place by calling CIPS Customer Services Team on 01780 756777.


18:00  -  Event registration, teas and coffees provided
18:30  -  Event start, Chris Syder - Pennington Manches
18:50  -  Steve Chapman - Welsh Government
19:05  - Sue Hurrell - Welsh Government
19:20  -  Justine Currell - Unseen
19:35  - Melissa Thorpe - Cap Gemini
19:50  -  Lyndon Hawker - Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme
20:05  - Q&A
20:30  -  Drinks, nibbles and networking
21:00  -  Event close, approx


Please note, these timings are approximate and subject to change.


Chris Syder - Partner, Penningtons Manches

Chris is one of our specialist employment law partners. Chris' practice covers all aspects of English employment law, ranging from gender pay to the employment law implications of TUPE through to employment tribunal cases and the requirements of the UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015. Indeed as the CBI’s governing body representative for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Chris has been heavily involved in the emerging supply chain and human rights opportunities and risks faced by businesses, especially those at risk of child and/or forced labour in their supply chains.

A CEDR accredited mediator, Chris has a keen interest in employment and commercial mediation. He has been recognised as a leader in his field by both Chambers and The Legal 500 with comments such as: 'Chris Syder receives regular instructions from international blue-chip clients and law firms, and is praised for his acute business acumen'.

Steve Chapman - Anti- Slavery Coordinator for Wales, Welsh Government

Stephen is the Welsh Government’s Anti-Slavery Co-ordinator. Prior to this appointment Stephen worked for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Security and Resilience Directorate where his roles included the Manager for Games Security Co-ordination Centre, Lead Venue Security Planner and Project Manager. In his previous career he has worked across the UK and overseas in roles which include Deputy Director for the Central Operations and Performance Directorate for the UK Border Agency, Assistant Director with the Police Standards Unit and Violent Crime Unit at the Home Office, Head of Equalities & Community Safety with Cardiff Council and an Area Commander in the Police Service.

Stephen leads and co-ordinates the multi-agency response to tackle slavery which aims to make Wales hostile to slavery and provide the best possible support for survivors. He is a member of the Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group, Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group for Modern Slavery, UK Threat Group for Modern Slavery, Home Office Modern Slavery Strategic Implementation Group, All Wales Portal Group, Modern Slavery Helpline Advisory Board, Board Member Crimestoppers Cymru and a member of a number of other key UK and National Groups.

Other responsibilities include leading on Serious Organised Crime issues and being part of the cadre to work within the Emergency Co-ordination Centre for Wales. For the Wales NATO Summit 2014, Stephen was the Government Silver Command Liaison Officer.

Sue Hurrell - Special Projects Manager, Welsh Government

Sue is Special Projects Manager in Value Wales, Welsh Government, where she has worked since 2006.   Her most significant project has been implementing the Supplier Qualification Information Database (SQuID), which has standardised and simplified the supplier selection element of procurements across Wales.  More recently she has led the work on developing a Joint Bidding Guide, and the Welsh Government’s Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains.  Before joining the Welsh Government she worked on procurement policy for the Office of Government Commerce, and carried out a secondment at Suffolk County Council.  Sue joined the civil service in 2000 after a short period as a research scientist. 

Justine Currell - Executive Director, Unseen


Unseen - 0303 040 2888

Modern Slavery Helpline - 08000 121 700

Justine joined Unseen on 1 May 2016 following a 28.5 year career in the civil service.  During that time she held a variety of operational and policy posts working across a number of UK Government departments. For the last five years of her civil service career, Justine was the modern slavery senior policy adviser in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance, working closely with Ministers, businesses and international colleagues.  Since joining Unseen Justine has been called upon to provide her insight and experience on the issue of modern slavery to media, law enforcement agencies, safeguarding professionals and business.  She has specifically provided support to a number of key businesses on developing their response to supply chain transparency and is highly regarded in this field.  She has joined Unseen to lead the development of the enhanced modern slavery helpline and resource centre and Unseen’s work with businesses on supply chain transparency, including the central registry for business transparency statements, Tiscreport.

Justine seeks to use her experience and knowledge of working with UK Ministers to influence other Governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.

Melissa Thorpe, Cap Gemini

Presentation from one of the first signatory organisations to the Welsh Government’s Code of Practice.  Details of presentation to follow.

Detective Inspector Lyndon Hawker - National “what Works” team Manager, Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme  

Lyndon is a Detective Inspector with Gwent Police who is currently seconded to the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme hosted by Devon and Cornwall Police leading the “What Works Team”. He has 22 years police service, nearly all of which has been in CID roles primarily Intelligence and Public Protection. He was the Deputy SIO on the modern slavery investigation named Operation Imperial in March 2013. The investigation into the victimization of a vulnerable male, Darrell Simester led to conviction and 4 years imprisonment for the perpetrator. Intelligence developed during that phase led to the further conviction of 4 people who received custodial sentences of 14 years, 6 years, 4 ½ years and 2 years for the victimization of two other vulnerable males. Operation Imperial continues with further prosecutions for modern slavery offences likely.

The “What Works Team” is specifically looking at improving the policing response to Modern Slavery in the national context by sharing best practice and linking investigators. Working closely with the College of Policing, the Home Office and other agencies products are being developed to deliver sustained improvements and more importantly improved outcomes for victims both in terms of criminal justice and ongoing support. His particular interests lie in the identification of victims, reception centres and gathering evidence from victims.


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