Robin Brierley, Executive Director
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.
Donna Pryor: Business Support Manager
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.
Amber has been employed by the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network since April 2019. Amber has set up a Big Lottery funded ‘place of safety’ for identified male survivors of modern slavery and will be working on developing a resource and information centre for survivors at any stage of recovery from modern slavery and identifying future opportunities for the network. Amber has recently been accepted onto a multi-agency assurance panel of independent professionals who have experience and expertise in working with victims of modern slavery will add an additional layer of scrutiny to all negative ‘conclusive grounds’ decisions across the UK.
Amber previously worked for a National Referral Mechanism (NRM) subcontractor of the Salvation Army in various roles from caseworker to accommodation manager. Amber has directly supported survivors of modern slavery to access their rights and entitlements under the Article 12 of The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking of Human Beings and the Salvation Army care contract for a number of years and developed and managed safe houses and their staff teams with an ambition for improving survivor support.
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.
Advice and Advocacy Coordinator
Davina joined the West Midlands Anti Slavery Network in August 2019 as a health and wellbeing specialist in our SafePlaceWM ‘place of safety’ project. Davina’s role is to provide support to adult male survivors of Modern Slavery and Human trafficking whilst addressing and promoting their health and wellbeing needs. Her focus is creating a welcoming atmosphere and a safe environment for survivors to be able to freely express themselves by providing wellbeing activities. Davina will be helping survivors to navigate and make informed decisions about their future and signposting to the relevant agencies that can assist with the survivors needs.
Davina was previously the Hate Crime Awareness coordinator for Centre for Diversity and Equality, with tasks varying from casework with service users to awareness for the Borough of Dudley.
Davina is extremely passionate about supporting survivors who feel invisible and aims to help shine a light onto those kept in the dark.
Victim Safeguarding Pathways Coordinator
Nick joined West Midlands Police in 1995. During his career he worked in Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry, where he undertook a number of uniform and detective roles. He eventually rose to the role of Detective Superintendent within the Force Public Protection department. From 2015-20, He was the Force Lead for Sex Work, Sexual Offences and Slavery/Trafficking, managing a large department of detectives, and developing the force Slavery/Trafficking Hub.
Nick retired from policing in August 2020 and took up the role of Adult Victim Safeguarding Pathways Coordinator with the WMASN. His role is funded by the OPCC and looks to develop a model to improve the response to safeguarding adult victims of slavery. The model (Slavery Adult Safeguarding Case Conference) is due to be launched in January 2021 and is similar to the MARAC model that currently supports victims of domestic abuse.