Sue Williams worked in the Metropolitan Police Service for 32 years, leading the Hostage Crisis Unit at New Scotland Yard during the final five years. She has been a Hostage Negotiator since 1991, having qualified with both Scotland Yard and the FBI. As a senior member of the directing staff on the National Hostage Negotiators Course at Hendon, Sue contributed to the negotiation training of hundreds of national and international students worldwide.
She is an experienced and accredited senior investigating officer for kidnaps and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2003 Birthday Honours list in recognition of her commitment to the fields of kidnap, negotiation and the saving of lives.
Sue now works independently, delivering specialist response services to governments, companies and individuals who operate in the kidnap hotspots of the world. She believes passionately in safety for NGOs, and strives tirelessly to enhance knowledge and security skills within organisations undertaking humanitarian work in dangerous areas of the world. She is also involved with the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) as a crisis manager, responding to sea hijacking and other maritime violence. Her charity work includes being Trustee for Hostage UK (HUK), a voluntary organisation aimed at supporting the families of overseas hostages.
C/O Oxford Programme on Negotiation
Saïd Business School
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