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Andrew Wallis OBE

Andrew Wallis OBE

CEO,
Unseen UK

Andrew Wallis is the CEO of anti-slavery organization Unseen, which provides safe housing and other services for survivors of trafficking, runs the Modern Slavery Helpline, and works with businesses and others in the eradication of slavery.  Andrew chaired the landmark Centre for Social Justice report ‘It Happens ere’, widely acknowledged as the catalyst for the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015, which he also advised on the development of.  He was awarded an OBE that year.  The job has presented him with challenges as diverse as building flat-pack furniture for Unseen’s first safe house, to advising global businesses on how to address slavery in supply chains.  He has been described as ‘the loveliest disrupter you could hope to meet.’

  • Examining how Unseen UK supports victims of modern slavery and human trafficking through robust resettlement, integration and outreach (RIO) project, including a pan-European victim case management system
  • Sharing guidance on how a charity can establishing a successful anti-slavery partnership, like Unseen UK’s partnership with Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council
  • Outlining the success of Unseen’s Children’s House pilot project, the first specialised safe house for trafficked children in the UK, such as reducing the number of trafficked children who go missing after being rescued
  • Understanding the important role charities play in supporting the public sector to ensure victims have a robust care pathway