Modern Slavery Conference 2023

About this conference

At the Ardea Modern Slavery Conference 2023, we aim to address modern slavery and forced labour risk and provide practical solutions to these risks in your organisation. The conference will be a unique platform for thought leaders, industry experts, and change-makers to converge, exchange ideas, and collectively take strides in de-risking their organisations.


  • Attending
  • All Levels
  • Modules: 6
  • Study: Interactive workbook
  • Duration: 1 day
  • £495 (excl. VAT)


  • Engaging sessions structured around round tables and breakaways.
  • Break-away sessions of 6 tables of 5 participants each.
  • Practical insights from industry practitioners.
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Who's it suitable for?

Modern Slavery and Human Rights Leads . Human rights teams are often responsible for leading on an organisation’s approach to addressing modern slavery and providing the expertise to embed it.

Procurement Departments. Procurement teams play a key role in the implementation of an organisation’s approach to addressing modern slavery.

Risk Departments. Risk teams play a crucial role in ensuring that risk identification and mitigation processes are fit for purpose.

Operations Departments. Operations teams play a front-line role in ensuring that an organisation’s approach to addressing modern slavery is embedded during the production stage.

Sustainability Departments. Addressing modern slavery risk is not only a matter of human rights but also crucial to achieving sustainable development.

Compliance Departments and General Counsel. The UK Modern Slavery Act requires large organisations to publish an annual statement setting out the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

Company Secretaries. Company Secretaries often have day-to-day responsibility for the oversight of an organisation's approach to addressing modern slavery.

HR Departments. HR teams are responsible for ensuring that the correct policies and processes are in place, and that they sufficiently address modern slavery.

Senior Leadership . Organisations with engagement and accountability at the top will have a stronger approach to addressing modern slavery than those who do not.

Academics and Students. Individuals conducting research, or that have a interest, in the topic will provide valuable insights.

NGOs. Individuals and groups of individuals campaigning to end modern slavery will be able to add valuable contributions to the discussion.

Learning outcomes

01. Introducing Modern Slavery as a Risk: Focus on sector trends and country risk and other inherent risk factors for companies to consider in assessing the risk of modern slavery.

02. Legal and Regulatory Compliance: This session will include an update on Modern slavery reporting legislation   

03. Risk Management: Learn how to successfully map your value chain and start tracing the origin of raw materials and the conditions under which products are manufactured.

04. Due Diligence:  Identifying hidden labour exploitation through effective due diligence frameworks.

05. The Effectiveness of Actions:  Overcoming supplier resistance and easing tensions between you and your suppliers.    

06. BS 25700 in Practice: How to develop an assurance framework to assess maturity.  

Date: 23 November 2023

Venue: DMH Stallard, London


Leading Beyond Compliance

At Ardea’s modern slavery inaugural conference this November, we are gathering a select group of thought leaders, industry experts, and change-makers to collectively address the pressing issue of modern slavery and forced labor risk. The conference theme resonates with our shared commitment to lead beyond compliance, seeking practical solutions that can make a tangible difference. 



Why Attend?

This conference is designed to foster an environment of shared learning where attendees will have the opportunity to listen and learn from each other’s journeys.   

With attendance limited to up to 30 people, the event will maintain an intimate setting conducive to meaningful discussions and impactful networking.   

Participating in the conference offers delegates a unique opportunity to gain tangible and actionable insights to de-risk your organisation. The conference’s practical nature ensures that attendees are not only exposed to theoretical discussions but are actively engaged through interactive sessions and a comprehensive workbook. These sessions provide a platform for in-depth conversations with fellow delegates, encouraging both best practice and challenges to be shared.  




Meet Your Speakers:


Niamh Mercer, Procurement Expert, Office of the Special Representative and Coordinator for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings 


Niamh Mercer works at the Organisation for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Secretariat in Vienna as a Procurement Expert with the Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating trafficking in Human Beings. She has a long standing professional career in the area of public procurement complimented by a Master in Business Administration from Dublin City University, Ireland and is a professional member (MCIPS) of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Niamh supported the development of an OSCE Guidance for procurement practitioners to combat trafficking of human beings and labour exploitation in OSCE supply chains. She designed and led the implementation of this Guidance with the OSCE Procurement Community.

She is now working to build on this work internally with the broad group of OSCE stakeholders, with the private sector and with the international community. Niamh will present detail on the OSCE journey, the progress achieved and the challenges OSCE have encountered related to this topic including the important role, the procurement professionals in OSCE have to take on, in order to make a difference. 

Phil Brewer, Specialist Advisor on Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking Foundation 





Phil has a background in law enforcement, serving as a Police Officer for 30 years and reaching the rank of Detective Superintendent. He was head of the Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit in the London Metropolitan Police and regularly represented UK Policing at the Europol Trafficking Human Beings Expert Group.

Following police retirement, Phil remains active within the anti-trafficking sector. Through HTF, he supports a range of organisations and individuals involved in collaborative counter- exploitation activity. Phil lectures on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at St Mary’s as well as regularly contributing to The Bakhita Centre’s projects and research. In 2023 Phil became a Trustee at Bucks Safestep Foundation, a community-based charity that primarily supports survivors of exploitation and their families.

Amelia Woodley, FIEMA, Speedy Executive Board Director for ESG, Member of the Board for the APPG for ESG and Vice Chair of the Scouts, Speedy Services 


Amelia, a distinguished senior sustainability leader with nearly two decades of experience, whose influence has left an indelible mark on the sustainability landscape. Her journey is a testament to thought leadership and strategic acumen, where she has steered impactful sustainability visions, policies, strategies, and industry-recognized management systems within multi-billion-pound organizations.

Amelia is a well-known representative of major organizations in the sustainability realm, often speaking at industry events, networks, and through media engagements. Her proudest career moments include leading a sustainability team to achieve the Eric Hughes Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability for the Thameslink Programme and earning her place among Women in Rail’s 20 most inspirational women.

Angela Hughes, Policy Governance & Compliance Manager, Speedy Services 


Angela brings to the table a rich and diverse background spanning over two decades, with her initial career trajectory deeply rooted in the world of banking. Stepping into the construction industry in 2016, Angela assumed the role of Head of HR Operations at a prominent house-building company. Angela began her journey at Speedy Hire as a HR Business Partner, where she lent her expertise to support the Head Office functions while spearheading critical business projects. It was during this phase that she crossed paths with Amelia, forming a dynamic partnership as Amelia’s Business Partner. Over the course of the subsequent year, Angela’s involvement with Amelia expanded beyond HR to encompass crucial aspects of ESG disclosures and governance.

From April of this year, Angela embarked on a career transformation, shifting her focus from HR to ESG. In her current role as Governance and Compliance Manager, she is now at the forefront of Speedy Services’ commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance initiatives.

Jo Webb, Head of Sustainable Procurement, The Body Shop


Jo leads the creation and implementation of The Body Shop’s Sustainable Procurement strategy to deliver supply chain sustainability goals. Her team works as an expert hub on Net Zero, Human Rights and Circular Product supporting internal stakeholders and embedding sustainability in business processes.

Jo has extensive experience in supply chain sustainability and stakeholder engagement across a range of sectors and businesses. Jo is also a former Non-Executive Director of UN Global Compact UK, and is passionate about responsible business and the role that companies, civil society and individuals can play in driving improvements in the standards for workers, society and the environment worldwide.

Johannes Wittig, Sustainability Analyst, Foresight Group


Johannes Wittig is a Sustainability Analyst at Foresight Group, having joined in October 2022. Johannes supports the delivery of the Group’s sustainability strategy including group level reporting and sustainability performance, implementing best practice, regulatory compliance and strategic partnerships across the global business and investment streams.

Prior to joining the team Johannes completed an internship at Foresight where he focussed on the Group’s TCFD strategy. Johannes began his sustainability career in 2022 and holds a BA in Geography from UCL and an MSc in Business Administration & Management from Bayes Business School.

Abigail Munroe, Modern Slavery Analyst, Walk Free;


Abigail Munroe is a dedicated Modern Slavery Analyst at Walk Free, with almost two years of experience in the role. In her capacity, she collaborates with governments, international bodies, and businesses to enhance human rights responses by crafting policy and legal frameworks. Abigail specialises in evaluating the impact of mandatory reporting and due diligence legislation within business supply chains, generating sector-specific reports. She also takes the lead on research and advocacy for the Europe and Central Asia region and actively contributes to Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index. Her skills extend to preparing crucial documents, advocacy briefings, reports, op-eds, and speeches on global human rights issues.

Additionally, Abigail plays an instrumental role in implementing Walk Free’s global advocacy strategy and supports the organisation’s survivor engagement strategy, acting as a central point of contact for survivor engagement initiatives. With a career devoted to human rights, particularly focusing on modern slavery and human trafficking, Abigail brings a wealth of experience in research, policy, advocacy, and international law to her role, making a substantial impact in the fight against these pressing issues.

Colleen Theron, CEO, Ardea International


Colleen is a tri-qualified solicitor and founder of Ardea International, a specialist company that provides sustainability, business and human rights and modern slavery expertise to enable companies to meet both their legal obligations and develop voluntary best practice standards. She is a fellow of IEMA and a research fellow of the Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery and Abuse and a lecturer at Birkbeck University, London on human rights and business.  She has over 30 years of legal and commercial experience working with business, and organisations and provides training and online resources on human rights, modern slavery and sustainability issues. Her book ‘Strategic Sustainable Procurement: law and best practice‘ is published by Routledge. She recently published a chapter ‘Modern Slavery and Transparency in Supply Chains- the Role of Business’ in The Modern Slavery Agenda: Policy, Politics and Practice in the UK’.  A more recent chapter is ‘The Role of Business in the Exploitation and Rehabilitation of victims of modern slavery’ – Policy Press 2023.






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