Renowned hostage negotiator joins TRIP Group

The Travel Risk & Incident Prevention Group has announced the appointment of Sue Williams QPM to its expert advisory board.

Ms Williams is an experienced and internationally renowned hostage negotiator and as a senior London detective, she was the Officer in Charge of both the Kidnap and the Hostage Crisis Negotiation Units at Scotland Yard. She has also been an active contributor to the UK Government’s crisis response process in cases of kidnap or abduction overseas. She has regularly advised senior ministers as part of the Cabinet Office Briefings.

Ms Williams qualified as a hostage negotiator both in the UK with New Scotland Yard and in the US with the FBI 29 years ago. Since that time, she has contributed to the successful resolution of hundreds of kidnaps and hostage situations on land and the high seas. More recently, she has undertaken cyber negotiations as a tactic for combating extortion.

Speaking of the appointment, chief executive of the TRIP Group, Lloyd Figgins said: “Sue is a wonderful addition to our expert advisory board. The purpose of the board is to provide our members with access to genuine expertise in key specialist areas of travel risk management in order to help them operate safely.”

Speaking of her appointment, Sue Williams said: “The TRIP Group has always been at the forefront of travel risk management. Being part of such a dynamic organisation and using my expertise to assist their members is something I’m very excited to be part of.”

Ms Williams is a recipient of the Queen’s Police Medal; this was in recognition of her commitment in the fields of kidnap, negotiation and saving of life. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

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