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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 MRPharmS – 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. Gail has recently been awarded Fellow of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (FFRPS).

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.

Laura Lawler – Investigations in Professional Standards Training

Laura retired as a Detective Inspector in Lancashire with 30 years policing experience. She has extensive experience in reactive and intelligence led investigations and is an accredited CHIS Controller. Laura is a qualified trainer and Assessor and was responsible for the delivery of Investigation training courses with emphasis on Investigative Interviewing. During recent years Laura has worked in Professional Standards as a Reactive DI and Appropriate Authority. She is also a qualified Post Incident Manager.

Ann Beswick – Investigative Interview Skills and Investigation Training

Ann was a Detective in Lancashire Constabulary with 33 years policing experience. She is a qualified trainer, Assessor and Internal Verifier. As a Detective Trainer she was responsible for the delivery of Investigation training courses with emphasis on Interviewing, Major Crime and Serious Sexual Offence investigations, Family Liaison and Exhibits Management. In addition, she designed and delivered Critical Incident Management courses, the Management of High Risk Offenders and multi-agency responses to Emergency Incidents. Following her policing career, Ann went on to work in the Third Sector with people affected by acts of terrorism, delivering training in trauma management, Mental Health First Aid for the Armed Forces community, Leadership and Development and Conflict Management.

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.

Ruth Price – Investigations in Professional Standards Training

Ruth is a retired police superintendent whose 30 years’ service included management roles in the specialist areas of Safeguarding, Serious Crime Investigation and Professional Standards. She held several national policing roles in the last four years of her service and as a senior manager was responsible for both devising and delivering training and awareness -raising in a wide variety of policing subject areas.  This included delivery to staff and officers of all ranks and grades as well as to wider professional and public audiences including volunteers, front-line workers, chief police officers and Members of Parliament.

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 5 years as with the Serious and Organised Crime Agency where he attained the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent, John has dealt with more than 200 kidnap and extortion investigations. John is also a trained hostage negotiator, Red Commander and Kidnap Controller.

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 Department 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 co-ordinator 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 the 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 Certificate of Higher Education in Grief and Bereavement Management and a BA Hons in Applied Investigations.

Kylie Wilson – Investigative Interview Skills and Investigation Training

Kylie was a Detective in the Metropolitan Police for over 10 years working in Domestic Violence, CID and specialising in investigating Sexual Offences.  She 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.

Ray Marley Investigations in Professional Standards Training

Ray completed 30 years’ service with Surrey Police in April 2017. In his last five years he was head of Professional Standards and latterly the College of Policing lead for ethics, integrity and professional standards. In this role he was responsible for developing national guidance on Misconduct Outcomes, Maintaining Professional Boundaries, Whistleblowing and the code of practice on police vetting. Prior to his time in Professional Standards he was an experienced major crime investigator and head of public protection. He also sits as a chair of fitness to practise hearings for a healthcare regulator.

Ian Kennedy – Investigations in Professional Standards Training

Ian completed his police career in September 2012 as a Chief Superintendent.  He held 2 posts at this rank,  Head of Professional Standards for West Yorkshire Police and then Divisional Commander at Airedale and North Bradford Division.  He is well known nationally for his work with crisis negotiation, professional standards and anti-corruption work.  Previous postings included counter terrorism, anti corruption and major crime investigation.

Eddie Thistlethwaite OBE – Coronial Death Training

Eddie Thistlethwaite OBE recently retired as a Detective Superintendent from Lancashire Constabulary. He is a hugely experienced investigator having led many high profile and successful homicide investigations. Eddie was head of the force Counter Terrorism branch for 5 years. During recent years he has become heavily involved in training and has presented the Management of Serious Crimes Development Programme to senior detectives  on a number of occasions.  Eddie has made use of his extensive experience to develop many unique training products.