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Modern Day Slavery Conference – Recognise the Risks

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Free Ticket
March 28, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm GMT
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Ashford Business Point, Ashford
Tea / Coffee and Breakfast baps

Kent Police, in Partnership with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, have designed a Modern Day Slavery Conference with the aim to inform businesses of the warning signs and outline your responsibilities when it comes to protecting vulnerable workers.

Key speakers will cover topics on what modern day slavery is, slavery in supply chains and how to reduce the opportunity for slavery.

This event is open to all industries, however some sectors are more exposed to this when seeking additional labour eg. Hotels, Construction, Distribution, Agriculture and Cleaning etc.


Matthew Scott, Kent Police Crime Commissioner

Matthew Scott was elected Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2016. His role is to set policing priorities for the county by consulting with the public and putting together a Police and Crime Plan. He then holds the Chief Constable of Kent Police to account for the delivery of that plan. The PCC also sets the council tax precept for policing, is responsible for the overall policing budget, and funds projects which support victims of crime and promote community safety.
Since Mr Scott’s election, the size of the Kent Police force has grown by 270 police officers and there are plans for this number to increase by a further 180 in 2019/20.
Nationally, Mr Scott serves as the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) portfolio holder for Performance, and is the national portfolio holder for Mental Health. Mr Scott also serves as one of three APCC spokespeople on Brexit.

Sean Mechie, Standard Integrated Intelligence and Investigations

Sean is a senior investigator within Standard Chartered’s Financial Crime Integrated Intelligence and Investigations team where he leads multi-jurisdiction major cases.
With experience fighting financial crime for multiple financial services organisations and in multiple geographies, he is passionate about the potential of increased public private partnerships to make a real impact on the trafficking of human beings.

Neil Giles, Director, STOP THE TRAFFIK

“Reduce the opportunity for trafficking and slavery and be aware of what to look for and how to respond”.
Neil has been working with STOP THE TRAFFIK since 2008 and is currently Director of the Centre for Intelligence-Led Prevention (CfILP). His knowledge of organised crime and human trafficking is extensive.
STOP THE TRAFFIK focuses on prevention of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking through focused campaigns in trafficking hot spots.


“General introduction into modern day slavery and human trafficking”.
In the UK, Cheryl set up the anti-slavery group STOP THE TRAFFIK KENT in February last year, as an outreach ministry of SMB Church.
This group has grown from strength to strength and is now one of the largest and most active STOP THE TRAFFIK groups in the UK, with over 30 people volunteering their time and energy to help combat Modern Slavery and to support survivors in their local communities.

Bill Simmons, Unseen’s Engagement with Businesses

Unseen is a multi-award-winning charity working to eradicate modern slavery wherever it is found. Bringing safety, hope and choice to the survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. Working closely with UK Government, Statutory Authorities, businesses, media and the general public to bring about an integrated strategic approach to both aftercare, awareness, and prevention of modern slavery in the UK and overseas.
Unseen runs the UK’s 24/7 Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700.

Lys Ford, Retired Police Officer

Lys is a retired police officer, her service has been as a detective within Major and serious crime squads and Murder Squads.
She joined the Gangmasters Licensing Authority 9 years ago and is currently the Partnership Development Manager for the Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority. She has written and delivers training for the GLAA Academy in partnership with Derby University “Investigating Modern Slavery course”.
She has created the training for the Clewer Initiative which has been rolled out across the UK. Lys works on collaborative initiatives with the private sector to provide guidance and training in relation to trafficking and forced labour.
Lys facilitates and delivers MS training for the FCO in Malta and training at the ILO (international Labour organisation) in Turin on Forced labour and Human trafficking and Fair Recruitment each year.


  • 8.30am: Tea/Coffee and Breakfast Baps will be available on arrival
  • 9.00am: Conference commences
  • 10.45am: Comfort Break – Tea/Coffee/Biscuits
  • 11.00am: Conference continues
  • 12.30pm: Finish

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