Mark Heath, Head of Business Change and Development, Gangmasters Licensing Authority
I have been employed by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) since 2005. From 2007 to 2013 I was Head of Operations with responsibility for Wales, the South West and West Midlands, managing a team of investigators and leading on partnership working within those areas.
Since 2013 I have been Head of Business Change and Development. Amongst other roles I have the lead for Prevention, Protection, Learning and Development, Partnership Working and Stakeholder Engagement. I am a member of the Wales Anti Trafficking Leadership Group and represent the GLA at International, National and Regional events. I am the GLA lead in relation to the transition to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.
I developed and implemented GLA processes for identifying and tackling Modern Slavery along with contributing to the development of training packages used by the Police, GLA sector businesses and others in relation to labour exploitation. I developed and wrote the Labour Exploitation - Spotting the Signs guidance for use by partners and stakeholders in relation to identifying human trafficking and forced labour. I am also working alongside partners outside the GLA regulated sector in relation to the development and implementation of voluntary codes of practice and the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act.