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Who We Are

We deploy teams of trained community volunteers and university students to review and investigate unsolved missing person and unidentified remains cases.

These teams are supported by our Patron, Trustees, Executive Team, Strategic Advisors, and our Operational Advisory Board.

Here, you can read their profiles and find out more about how they are supporting our work.

Our Trustees

Charlie Hedges

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Charlie is acknowledged as one of the UK’s foremost experts on missing persons, particularly children & those who are abducted and trafficked. His career spans 36 years with the police and some of the UK’s leading public bodies.

Dr Cheryl Allsop

Trustee

Cheryl obtained her ESRC-funded PhD, entitled ‘DNA, Detective Work and Cold Case Major Crime Reviews’, which focused on how the police seek to solve long term unsolved murders and stranger rapes, from Cardiff University.

Steve Farrer

Trustee

Steve, MBA (Henley) CAMS CFE, is currently working as a consultant to UNODC and EU Civipol, where he focuses on using financial investigations to target the proceeds from human trafficking and modern slavery.

Deborah Peach

Trustee

Deborah worked alongside senior investigating police officers on major crime including kidnap, extortion & murder investigations for 25 years. Most notably, her case saw the capture of serial killer Christopher Halliwell.  

Our Executive Team

Dave Grimstead

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dave has worked extensively in the field of international and serious organised crime with the UK National Crime Squad (now NCA). He has utilised his expertise in covert operations, leading successful investigations to tackle trafficking of drugs and people. 

Neil Smith

Founder & Deputy Chief Executive Officer

After serving over 10 years as a police officer in a UK police force, Neil has spent the majority of the last 15 years as a full-time investigative researcher for a mixture of clients from insurance companies, to law enforcement agencies and journalists. 

Dr Maureen Taylor

Chief Operating Officer

Maureen has an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a PhD in Criminology, where she explored the networks involved in child sexual exploitation. She is a researcher in many fields, including child sexual & criminal exploitation, human trafficking, and missing persons

Our Operational Advisory Board

Geoff Corre

Geoff is a trainer and consultant in countering trafficking and modern slavery and is an accredited serious case review author. He has extensive experience in child protection as a provider, commissioner, and regulator. 

Dr Chung Pham

Chung is a UK & Vietnam-based educator & researcher who grew up in the regions of Vietnam most  affected by human trafficking. Her academic credentials span reputable universities in Vietnam, Australia, & the UK. 

Martin ‘Lionel’ Blair

Lionel is a former British Police Officer with over 30 years of law enforcement & management. He has worked in risk management and operational security, as well as directing investigations into organised criminal groups.

Ray Parker

Ray has over 30 years in UK law enforcement as an intelligence development manager. He played an integral role in the development of covert police tactics & intelligence management within serious & organised crime.

Our Strategic Advisors

Tanja Conway-Grim

Tanja first went missing in 1966 as a toddler and has had missing episodes throughout her life for a variety of reasons. She regularly presents workshops and training sessions on autism and neurodiversity, suicide prevention, missing people, co-production (and any combination thereof), for the NHS, Health Education England, charities and the probation service.