SOCA: Changing the Game - Seven Years of Success in Fighting Local to Global Organised Crime

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Sir Ian AndrewsA lecture by Sir Ian Andrews CBE TD, former Chairman, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Set up by statute in 2006, SOCA brought together officers from the precursor organisations of the National Crime Squad, HM Revenue and Customs, HM Immigration Service and the National Criminal Intelligence Service. Since then, SOCA has grown to be greater than the sum of its parts by working with partners across the UK and internationally, to exploit a blend of traditional and innovative techniques to combat the global phenomenon that is organised crime.

In his lecture, Sir Ian Andrews will discuss how SOCA has developed since its inception, how it has discharged the responsibility placed upon it by Parliament and what challenges the future might hold.

Sir Ian Andrews CBE TD has spent much of his career since 1975 working in defence and for the armed forces. After studying geography at Bristol University, he worked in various head office policy branches, in HM Naval Base, Rosyth, in the Defence Arms Control Unit and on the China desk in the Defence Sales Organisation. During this time, he also attended the NATO Defence College in Rome and, as a member of the Territorial Army, served for a year as a regular officer in Germany while on leave of absence from the civil service. After working in the private office of the then Secretary of State for Defence in the late 1980s, he was involved in the post Cold War review of the size and shape of the Army before returning to Germany as the senior civilian on the staff at British Forces Headquarters. Sir Ian subsequently served as Managing Director of the Defence Research and Evaluation Agency, where he was responsible for systems and equipment test and evaluation and for facilities, and as Chief Executive of the then Defence Estates Agency. He became Second Permanent Under Secretary of the Ministry of Defence in 2002, where his board responsibilities included transforming the effectiveness of the management of the department during a particularly challenging period for defence and the armed forces. He also led a number of cross government initiatives, most notably around sustainability and joint working. Sir Ian retired from the Ministry of Defence at the end of March 2009 and was appointed the second Chairman of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in August 2009.

The presentation is followed by a drinks reception from 1900 to 2000.

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