Whitehall Dialogue - Operation Yewtree - A Watershed Moment

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A presentation by Peter Spindler, Assistant Inspector of Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Peter Watt, Director of National Services, NSPCC.Giving Victims a Voice

Operation Yewtree was a ground breaking, multi-agency investigation into non-recent child abuse arising from the ITV investigation into the late Jimmy Savile. In their presentation, Peter Spindler and Peter Watt, the principal architects of the joint police/NSPCC response, will examine the complexities of leadership, decision making, empowering of victims, stakeholder engagement and media management arising from this operation. They will list the outcomes and will conclude by examining the legacy as a catalyst for discussion about the wider impact of this high profile investigation for British society.

Peter Spindler joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 1985 after graduating from the University of Warwick. In 1998 he was seconded to the National Crime Squad and promoted to Detective Superintendent in 2000, returning to the MPS Child Abuse Investigations Command in 2002. Having completed the 2006 Strategic Command Course, he spent a year overseeing the MPS Counter Corruption Command. He has had three postings since 2008 as Commander at New Scotland Yard: as head of Covert Policing, Director of Professional Standards and head of Specialist Crime Investigations, where he took the national lead for Operation Yewtree. In April 2013, Peter transferred to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary where he now assists in monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of our police service.

Peter Watt is the Director of National Services at the NSPCC. He is the lead on the NSPCC’s response into the sexual abuse allegations relating to the late Jimmy Savile, and jointly authored the Metropolitan Police Report of Savile’s crimes, ‘Giving Victims a Voice’. Before moving to the NSPCC he was Chief Executive at Counsel and Care, and Chief Executive of The Campaign Company, a communications consultancy. From 2005 to 2007, he was the General Secretary of the Labour Party. In January 2010, Peter published a hard hitting personal account of his time as General Secretary entitled ‘Inside Out’, focussing on the inner workings at the top of the Labour Party during some of its most turbulent times.

Refreshments will be served from 1515.

This event is ‘off the record’ and closed to the media.

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