Robin Brierley, Chair
Robin is an Independent consultant on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Robin joined Thames Valley Police in 1990, and went on to work for the National Crime Squad, the Anti Corruption Command within the Metropolitan Police, and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
He worked within the Enforcement Directorate as an SIO, and later within the Intelligence Directorate working on organised immigration crime. Robin was later seconded to the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) before leaving SOCA to set up his own company in 2011.
Robin is currently the Chair of the West Midlands Regional Anti Slavery Network and is also the Director and Coordinator. Together with Tatiana Jardan of the Human Trafficking Foundation he founded and Co Chairs and Coordinates the National Network Coordinators Forum set up to bring together the coordinators of Modern Slavery networks throughout the UK.
Robin is very much victim focused and endorses the view that partnerships are essential to identify and rescue victims and should also contribute to an increase in investigations, prosecutions and convictions in line with National Strategy.
Adrian has been employed by a government department for more than 37 years. For 31 of those years he has worked in the law enforcement arena. During that time Adrian has undertaken many criminal interventions to protect the public purse and is now engaged in the strategic oversight and assurance of his department’s operational involvement in the criminal justice system. He has worked collaboratively with various other law enforcement agencies both within the UK and overseas, including India, Slovakia, Poland and the Netherlands.
Additionally, Adrian has been involved in tackling human traffickers, working with both the Metropolitan Police on Operation Golf, where Romanian children were being trafficked to the UK and the Polish Police to terminate the activities of an organised criminal enterprise culminating in the arrest of 38 Polish nationals.
Alana has been involved with the West Midlands Anti Slavery Network since spring 2015, utilising her skills as a fundraiser to help secure the Network’s future.
For her day job, Alana supports the development and submission of research funding applications from the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. She previously worked in Business Development at The REP theatre in Birmingham with a focus on bid writing and securing philanthropic support.
As a creative writing graduate, in her spare time Alana writes poetry and short fiction.
Donna has worked for the West Midlands Anti Slavery Network for nearly 3 years and before that she worked for several years at Adavu and the Regional Anti Trafficking Network.
She has a background in charity administration having previously worked as Executive Assistant and Clerk to the Trustees of Y Care International in London. In more recent times Donna has worked as an ESOL further education tutor and a Community Champion for a co-operative of 6 primary schools in the West Midlands Area.
She has combined her role with the West Midlands Anti Slavery Network with employment at The Queen’s Foundation where she has been responsible for international partnerships and fundraising as well as working with students with disabilities enabling access to the further education system. She is passionate about the work of WMASN and it’s ongoing development.
Zita developed the WMASN website and continues to manage the Network’s digital activities on a freelance basis. She holds an LLB in Law from King’s College London, and is an experienced digital and multi-channel marketing specialist, with a background in legal research and editorial work.
Amber has been employed by the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network since April 2019. As development manager, Amber will be setting up a Big Lottery funded ‘place of safety’ for potentially identified male survivors of modern slavery, a resource and information centre for survivors at any stage of recovery from modern slavery and identifying future opportunities for the network.
Amber previously worked for a National Referral Mechanism (NRM) subcontractor of the Salvation Army in various roles from caseworker to manager; she has experience working with men, women and their children who require support as potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.
Amber is passionate about having a survivor focused approach to all that we do and working to improve the challenges that survivors face throughout the identification to recovery journey.