Ian Waterfield

Ian Waterfield

Director of Operations

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority


Ian Waterfield is the Director of Operations for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, a UK government agency addressing modern slavery, human trafficking and exploitation of workers, working closely with public/private sectors, cross governments and national and international law enforcement agencies.


Prior to this Ian enjoyed a 32 year career in policing as a Chief Officer, Head of Crime, Senior Investigating Officer, and former head of Serious and Organised Crime, leading complex and multi-agency major organised crime investigations.   He was part of the team which recovered Nottinghamshire Police from special measures and led the performance and change programme that saw the force deliver the largest crime reductions nationally for the three years of his tenure and crime at its lowest levels for thirty five years.


He is a member of the National Police Chiefs Council Witness Protection Project which has delivered a revised and sustainable approach to protecting those persons who require protecting from those they give evidence in court against.  Until recently Ian was also a member of the NPCC Homicide Working Group identifying and recommending good practice for dealing with murder and other major incidents.