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Phil Brewer

Specialist adviser, Human Trafficking Foundation

Phil Brewer is a specialist advisor on modern slavery at the Human Trafficking Foundation. He also works as a consultant developing and delivering a diverse range of strategic and tactical prevention projects. He works with a wide range of organisations including Beyond Borders Scotland, Research in Practice, Gentium UK and He has also contributed to publications including Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Law and Practice (Southwell, M Brewer, Douglas-Jones QC) as well as The Truth About Modern Slavery (Kenway)


Phil was a Police Officer for nearly 30 years’ service, retiring from the London Metropolitan Police in September 2019 as Detective Superintendent and head of the Met’s Modern Slavery Unit. In addition to this role, Phil sat on several national modern slavery working groups as well as regularly representing UK Policing at the Europol Trafficking Human Beings Expert Group (Project Phoenix).


Phil holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime. He is a lecturer at St Mary’s University, London and an Honorary Research Fellow at the university’s Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Abuse and Exploitation.