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Board of Advisors Biographical information


Jim Gamble QPM

A Chief Police officer for over ten years he led national policy development for the UK police service in a range of areas including Air Support, Communications Data, the pan European approach to the Schengen protocol for cross jurisdictional surveillance, specialist training and protective services. Jim also represented the police community on the Communications Capability Programme Board, where he worked to ensure
the police service maintained and improved its ability by keeping pace with changing technology.

In 2006 he was appointed by the then Home Secretary as the first Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. Jim brought together a team of police, industry, government and experts from specialist charities to build what is now recognised as a world-leading brand and child protection centre. During his time in CEOP Jim developed a diverse set of child protection initiatives including the CEOP ‘Most Wanted’ platform, the Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU), the UK and Overseas Tracker teams , the ‘ThinkUKnow’ education campaign and the online 'ClickCEOP' report button. More recently he developed the International Child Protection Network (ICPN), which operates as an information sharing hub between charities, government, police and industry operating in south east Asia and Europe. In 2007 he was the winner of the police professional leadership award for business development.

He was the UK’s most senior Chief Officer responsible for national Child Protection and Abuse Investigation and recently led a UK scoping review of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Throughout this period Jim remained the chair of the UK Data Communications group, was member of The Intercept Modernization Program board and the Police Crime Business Area.

Jim’s policing career began in Northern Ireland, where he covered both uniform and detective roles. In what was a rapidly changing and often-volatile environment he gained significant experience in public order and counter-terrorist commands.

After graduating from the Strategic Command Course Jim was appointed Assistant Chief Constable and then Deputy Director General of the National Crime Squad. As a central figure in the UK’s fight against organized crime he oversaw a complex and highly intricate portfolio, ranging from firearms, kidnap, hi-tech and financial crime, training, Central Intelligence coordination, professional standards and security. He was a national firearms gold commander and examiner and was responsible for the forensic science service and air support strategic partnerships. He inspired and chaired the Virtual Global Taskforce combining the resources and skills of transnational law enforcement organizations such as the Australian Federal Police, US Homeland Security, Interpol, the RCMP, the United Arab Emirates and Italian National Police.

Jim also led the NCS transition team overseeing the management of the organizations assimilation into SOCA.

Jim received the Queens Police Medal (QPM) in 2008 in recognition of his 31 years police service. He is married with three children.

In November 2010 Jim received the One Child International Child Advocate Award in recognition for his pioneering and sustained leadership in child protection.


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