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Senior Professionals Profile

Ian Kennedy – Investigations in Professional Standards Training

Ian completed his police career in September 2012 as a Chief Superintendent. He had held two posts at that rank- Head of Professional Standards for West Yorkshire Police and then Divisional Commander in charge of policing and delivering excellent performance at Airedale and North Bradford Division from 2010 to 2012.  He is well known nationally for his work with crisis negotiation and in professional standards and anti-corruption work.  Previous postings included counter terrorism, anti corruption and major crime investigation.

Jon Hesketh – Investigations in Professional Standards Training

A former head of special investigations, intelligence and Professional Standards departments, Jon became a crisis negotiator in 1997 and has led many investigations leading to the safe recovery of kidnapped persons. A graduate of the FBI Hostage & Crisis Negotiation Training Academy, Jon continues to practice through everyday experiences of mediation, mentoring and negotiation, and also provides advice and training to those who seek behavioural change in others.

Gail Curphey – Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer training

Gail  is a qualified pharmacist and has spent time in both hospital and community practice. She has extensive experience in providing professional advice to the Cheshire PCT Clinical Commissioning Executive, PCT Board and Directors and was responsible for the implementation of the Community Pharmacy Contract including the commissioning of Enhanced Pharmacy Services. As an Accountable Officer she instigated the setting up of the Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Intelligence Network, a support group for Accountable Officers. Gail served two terms on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board and her work was included in the Pharmacy White Paper – Pharmacy in England Building on Strengths, delivering the future 2008.


Graham Jones – Investigative Interview Skills and Investigation training

Graham has been involved in many high profile investigations, having worked for the Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and as a serving Police Officer for 26 years. He supervised and instructed colleagues to gather covert evidence during many sensitive investigations, to support prosecutions for crimes such as murder, blackmail, paedophilia and drug crimes. He is also a qualified teacher and an A1 assessor, and has delivered many police training courses including Tier 2 PEACE and Advanced Investigative Interviewing.

Jacquie Talbot – First Aid training

Jacquie is a retired police officer having completed her 30 year career with GMP and Lancashire.  She served as a police trainer and assessor and is also an experienced first aid trainer, teaching First Aid courses since 2001. Jacquie is also a PADI diving instructor and has taught many first aid courses to diving students undertaking courses that require CPR/First Aid training. She has certified over 170 students as First Aiders or First Aid Instructors and she is accredited through the Emergency First Response Corporation as a First Aid at Work Instructor and Instructor Trainer.

Colin Tansley – Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) training 

Colin was Detective Superintendent and Deputy Director of Intelligence at Cleveland Police and has since consulted throughout Europe, Iran, Jordan, the US and Mexico. He was also Senior Police Advisor to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in Iraq where he implemented the delivery of a forensic capability for the Iraqi Police Service. Previously Director of Intelligence and Investigations at the Federation against Copyright Theft, Colin now specialises in training investigators to gather Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and in the efficient use of the Internet to find and validate information.

John Francis – Kidnap and Extortion training

John is a vastly experienced investigator who has specialised in dealing with kidnap and extortion for twelve years. As a senior officer with Lancashire Constabulary, The National Crime Squad and latterly five years as with the Serious and Organised Crime Agency where he attained the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent John has dealt with more than two hundred kidnap and extortion investigations. John is also a trained hostage negotiator, Red Commander and Kidnap Controller.

John Tyrer – Kidnap and Extortion training

John Tyrer  has over 38 years experience in law enforcement with the Greater Manchester Police, National Crime Squad (NCS) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). In 2001 John became  a Branch Commander for the NCS and later an acting Detective Superintendent for the North West of England. He became a ‘Controller’ for all the resources that were utilised by the NCS, in the investigation of kidnap situations and extortion, directing and giving advice to Police forces and in some cases large companies regarding the investigation of such cases. At the inception of the SOCA John continued in the role and successfully worked on numerous high profile cases of kidnap, blackmail and extortion, both in the UK and overseas.

Cheryl Pinner – Family Liaison Support training

Cheryl spent her initial police career in the Metropolitan Police before transferring to Cambridgeshire in 1987. There she continued her development as a career detective before joining the Crime Training Dept holding the portfolio for child protection, sexual offences, ABE investigative interviewing and family liaison delivery. Latterly she continued her role as a DC on major crime as a family liaison coordinator delivering training to Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridge officers as well as other regional forces and internationally to the UAE. Cheryl’s expertise and specialist knowledge resulted in her being deployed in 7/7 bombings , interviewing high profile cases such as Ian Huntley and Prof Stephen Hawkings and subsequently receiving a number of national awards and commendations for the roles undertaken. She has continued her personal development gaining a Cert. of H.E. in ‘Grief and Bereavement Management’ and a BA Hons in ‘Applied Investigations’.

Kylie Wilson – Investigative Interview Skills and Investigation training

Kylie has been a Detective in the Metropolitan Police for over ten years working in Domestic Violence, CID and specialising in investigating Sexual Offences.  She has spent 4 years delivering Tier 2 and 3 Investigative Interview Training, Disclosure Training and ICIDP Detective Training at the New Scotland Yard Crime Academy and has represented the Met overseas delivering training. She is a qualified trainer and assessor.  Since leaving the police Kylie has delivered training both in the UK and overseas for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office, various Police Services and other organisations.

Richard Brown – Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer training

Richard is a pharmacist with over 15 years’ experience, mainly in field management, specialising in clinical governance and optimising operating systems and processes.  Three years ago, Richard set up a pharmacy management consulting business specialising in supporting independent and multiple pharmacies with all matters relating to community pharmacy, along with offering training and development courses for a cross section of health professionals. More recently, Richard has successfully launched a community pharmacy inspection programme to audit pharmacies against the Principles and Standards required by General Pharmaceutical Council.  These requirements need to be met to ensure community pharmacies are delivering the correct standards to their patients and public.

Amanda Hall – 

Qualifying as a social worker in 1986, Amanda has worked for over 30 years as a health and social care professional at both practitioner and operational management levels across a range of organisations. During this time Amanda has become passionate about supporting the learning and the ongoing development of organisations and their workforce. It is, after all, this workforce that must deliver excellent service to clients, partners and other end users. Amanda has undertaken roles in strategic workforce planning, training, audit and project management across the UK. She continues to be a registered social worker and as a confident and capable leader, she is keen to make a robust and valued contribution to an organisation’s strategic direction by drawing upon her extensive experience and range of skills.