New interim head of GLAA appointed
A former deputy chief constable has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).
Roger Bannister is due to begin his post as interim head of the UK’s agency for protecting vulnerable people from exploitation on April 16, following the death of former chief executive Paul Broadbent.
Mr Bannister recently retired from his role as deputy chief constable of Leicestershire Police after 30 years’ service.
An open recruitment process to select and confirm a permanent chief executive for the GLAA will be carried out over the next six months.
Mr Bannister said: “I have had very positive professional dealings with the GLAA in my former role as a senior police officer and feel privileged to be asked to lead the organisation forward. I knew Paul Broadbent both personally and professionally and I hope to build on the significant work and success that he helped the GLAA achieve.
“I am also looking forward to working in partnership with others to protect vulnerable workers and help bring to justice those who exploit people for their labour and commit criminality.”
Margaret Beels, chair of the GLAA Board said: “Roger’s impressive track record as a police officer, coupled with his passion and enthusiasm to help protect those who are being exploited for their labour, makes him the ideal candidate to take the GLAA forward and continue building on the legacy left by Paul Broadbent.
“He will have the support of the Board and everyone at the GLAA in cementing the authority’s position as the foremost agency for tackling labour exploitation and we wish him every success.”