New chief executive for Gangmasters Licensing Authority

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The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has welcomed its new Chief Executive, Paul Broadbent, who began his new role this week.

Paul, who was previously Assistant Chief Constable at Notts Police, joins with an impressive record of relevant experience.

After 30 years of service with the police Paul was looking for a change of career. He was attracted to the GLA role because of the similarities with his experience in enforcement and working with public and private sector stakeholders.

Paul was the regional lead in the East Midlands for collaboration on Serious and Organised Crime, Immigration Crime, Surveillance, Fraud and Financial Investigation.

He was also regional lead for the National Preventing Violent Extremism Agenda and worked on delivery with public, private and third sector partners.

Paul held a number of national policing portfolios including business crime and implemented a highly successful business crime reduction model across the industry, wider law enforcement and included major partners such as the National Business Crime Forum, British Retail Consortium and Federation of Small Businesses.

As senior officer within Nottinghamshire responsible for crime, Paul oversaw the largest crime reductions nationally for three consecutive years and the lowest crime rates in the county for 35 years.

This was set against unprecedented budget cuts of 20% and a similar reduction in officers and staff.

GLA chairman Margaret McKinlay said she was looking forward to working with Paul.

“The Government’s 2012 review of the GLA has presented us with challenges and opportunities. Paul is exceptionally well qualified to provide leadership to the GLA; his past experience will be put to very good use,” she said.

GLA chief exective Paul Broadbent said: “I am delighted to accept this high profile and demanding position and hope that my previous experience will assist in the GLA’s determination to protect vulnerable workers in the farming, food processing and shell fish industries.”

“ I sincerely look forward to building on the successes of the Authority thus far and working closely with the business sector, partners and other agencies to tackle the exploitation of workers and reducing the burden on legitimate business.”