Andrew Wallis is the founder and chief executive officer of Unseen, a multi-award winning organisation working towards disrupting and challenging modern slavery. He is the chairman of the working group for the Centre for Social Justice’s landmark report It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery, which provides a comprehensive road-map for government, statutory authorities and business to eradicate slavery in the UK. It Happens Here is acknowledged as the catalyst for government action, particularly the UK’s Modern Slavery Act. Wallis was a member of the evidence review team that worked on the Modern Slavery Bill and has worked with politicians, businesses, investors and NGOs to ensure the Transparency in Company Supply Chains clause was included in the subsequent Act. He works regularly with media outlets such as BBC News and Radio, Sky News, Al Jazeera and CNN. In 2013 he received the Influencer Award from the Directory for Social Change and was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Centre for Social Justice in recognition of his work in combatting modern slavery and human trafficking. In 2015 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the eradication of human trafficking and modern slavery.
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