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Butler on board GLA

Bill Butler, the outgoing chief executive of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) is among the new members of the board of another regulator, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).

Home Office Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime Karen Bradley announced the appointments of non-executive Directors. She said: “The new Board has a wide range of background and experience to draw upon that will be invaluable in taking forward the GLA’s work to protect vulnerable and exploited workers and tackling unlicensed and criminal activity. I would also like to thank the outgoing Board members for their significant contribution over the past few years.”

Bill Butler does have a regulation background; before taking up the chief exec role at the SIA he worked at the Birmingham-based Gambling Commission.

About the GLA

The first meeting of the new GLA Board will be on April 22, when it will review the GLA’s three-year strategic plan and the budget for 2015-16. Like the SIA, the GLA was formed by under the Labour Government; in 2005 in the wake of the Morecambe Bay cockle picking tragedy when 23 Chinese workers drowned on the sands. The GLA licences under the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act (2004) companies that supply labour (gangmasters) typically for farming and horticulture, shellfish gathering and associated processing and packaging. Its aims are to prevent worker exploitation, protect vulnerable people and tackle unlicensed and crime.


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