Kim Ann Williamson smiles in the foreground; in the background, the sun sets over an expanse of water and small boats.

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Kim Ann Williamson MBE

Programme Development Team


Programme Development

Kim Ann has been a civil servant for over 37 years and has significant experience and expertise in the criminal justice environment having worked across policing and prosecution portfolios. Her civilian policing career began in 1984 in the Metropolitan Police Force and she has been based at New Scotland Yard and police divisions working across a number of departments such as CID, Domestic Abuse Teams and Child Protection.

Kim Ann’s passion for victim care and truly understanding the complexities of victims' needs has been at the heart of every role that she has undertaken along with a determination to drive and influence change. Kim Ann transferred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 1997 and was based in London, Wiltshire and Wales working in leadership and casework roles.

During this time, whilst working in criminal courts across the UK, she saw the outcomes that could be achieved by a multi-agency approach. Kim Ann has led successful Operational Delivery Teams within Magistrates, Crown Court and Complex Casework Units and been exposed to all levels of criminality having worked alongside Prosecutors, Police Officers, the Bar and victims of crime to bring offenders to justice and ensure victims were at the heart of the criminal justice experience. Kim Ann has also led victim care projects such as No Witness No Justice and Victim Code of Practice initiatives. 

Kim Ann has been an influential role model in the modern slavery arena for over 10 years. As the Strategic Objectives Programme Lead for the Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group since 2012, she has been instrumental in providing a clear vision that led to multi-agency training, the success of which has secured recognition locally and nationally. Together with South Wales Police Training Department, Kim Ann jointly implemented the Organised Crime Modern Slavery Hydra 3 day course for Law Enforcement and Crown Prosecution Service Prosecutors and Crown Advocates.

This course was a first for Wales and the UK. Kim Ann has been instrumental in the successful design, implementation and rollout of the Wales Victims Care Pathway and Modern Slavery Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACS). She has also chaired the Wales Anti-Slavery Training Group to successfully roll out a variety of training packages and the Wales Anti-Slavery Casework Review Group, which was the first group of its kind in the UK. She has played a pivotal partnership role at influential groups such as the Wales Anti-Slavery Threat Group, Wales Crimestoppers Board and All Wales Portal Group. In 2020 She project-managed the Wales Covid 19 Response to Modern Slavery.

At a UK level, Kim Ann chairs the U.K Modern Slavery Training Delivery Group which reports to the National 3P Board which is the UK Strategic Governance Group for the Prevention, Protection and Prepare Components of the Modern Slavery Strategy which is chaired by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Business Energy and Industrial Energy (BEIS) Kim Ann established this group in 2018 and now has the responsibility to oversee a number of Training Task and Finish Groups relevant to key influential sectors.

Kim Ann has also been recognised for her contribution to academia with a number of positions including Visiting Professor at University West London, and Visiting Fellow at University South Wales. She is an experienced lecturer delivering sessions on modern slavery in Global Governance, Aviation, Criminology, Hospitality and Events Management courses and has lectured at Swansea University and Cardiff Met.

She was instrumental in the publication of the University Guide to Modern Slavery, supported by Universities UK, and she is also a member of The International Centre for Hospitality and Aviation Resilience Management (ICHARM) at University West London.

Kim Ann is well known for her work internationally on modern slavery and showcased her work and training development in Wales to Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) in Strasburg in 2017.

Other examples include frequent guest speaker roles at national and international conferences and working with hoteliers and airlines for many years to raise awareness of modern slavery and launching an international aviation guide for modern slavery. Kim Ann has worked closely with ICMPD, International Air Transport Association (IATA), Emirates Airlines, UK Border Force and British Airlines Pilots Association. Kim Ann is an IATA Instructor and also facilitates webinars with Emirates Airline staff.

Kim Ann’s passion for her work and enthusiasm for community engagement has been recognised by being awarded CPS Excellence Awards over several years which commended her dedication and passion for serving the public, including victim care, and diversity and inclusion In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018, Kim Ann was appointed the Member of the British Empire (MBE) honour for Services to Law and Order. In 2018 Kim Ann was appointed to the Top 100 Influencers on the Modern Slavery Index.

Publications include a contribution to Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking on the Wales approach to modern slavery.