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Tim Gerrish OBE

ICPA Founder and Director

Tim is a highly committed and commended International Child Protection expert with extensive experience in conducting child protection audits as well as developing and delivering top class training on child safeguarding for international schools and high profile organisations. In addition he is frequently asked to consult on risk management issues and investigations. He has excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to network and build relationships within different sectors to garner support and influence policy and practice. Tim is a proactive leader and trainer who is passionate about building partnerships in an effort to ensure children are better protected globally.


Tim’s background is in law enforcement with 30 years’ experience as a detective with Scotland Yard in London. He was head of the UK National Criminal Intelligence Service Serious Sex Offender Unit before working with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP). At CEOP his role was Head of International Partnerships focusing on programmes of capacity building for the organisation, working with international schools, foreign governments, law enforcement agencies and child protection practitioners overseas. He has extensive experience of working globally, predominantly with International schools from a wide range of countries and cultures including China, Southern and South East Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, and numerous other countries.

Honours and Awards

• Awarded an OBE by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to International Child Protection.

• Two commendations from the CEO of CEOP for work in the area of International Child Protection

• Commendation from the Director General of NCIS for Leadership Management of the Serious Sex Offenders Unit

• Two Metropolitan Police Commissioners Commendations received for Detective ability

• Queens Police Long Service and Good Conduct medal awarded

ICPA Associate Consultant

Kate Beith

Kate Beith is an International School Safeguarding Consultant, committed to keeping children safe in international schools, bringing extensive experience to her work with Tim Gerrish.

Having worked with Tim for a number of years, Kate has now joined him to offer a range of customised advanced level training for those in international schools leading Safeguarding and with responsibility for child protection. This training is offered for groups of schools across the world and is practical, scenario based and aimed at giving participants the skills and confidence to develop basic and advanced Safeguarding systems. Kate also supports Tim in auditing, working alongside schools to set up systems and supporting allegations with advice and investigation. Her work as an early year’s educator gives her the experience to support Safeguarding in this specialist area for young children.

After studying at Goldsmith’s College, London University, Kate taught in the primary sector in London, Oxford and Surrey. She then became principal of a large early years College where protecting children was at the heart of an outstanding setting which had children on site from four months to eleven years in daycare, early year’s education, a primary school and students from 18 years studying to become early year’s practitioners. During this time Kate consulted internationally with schools in Japan, Germany and the Maldives. From 2007 until 2018 Kate worked for a recognised group of international colleges across China, Korea, Singapore and Myanmar. Most recently Kate completed an MA in ‘Working with children and their families’ at Pen Green Children’s Centre and research base, Leicester University.

As Deputy Director of Schools Kate had responsibility for developing Safeguarding across the international group. Within the challenge of varying contexts, Kate set up rigorous systems for protecting children across colleges which included developing customised training at different levels for all members of the community, a framework for reporting and responsibility for child protection, safer recruitment, managing allegations, auditing and developing mapping tools to ensure support is available according to the context of each school.

Kate has worked extensively with child protection experts in the UK and is a member of the CIS International Child Protection Task Force. Kate developed audit systems to ensure that Safeguarding continued to be at the heart of practice and assured quality across Colleges. She is also experience in leading internal investigations and giving support to Heads leading child protection issues.

Of her work with Tim in developing a higher level of training for Safeguarding Leads, Kate says:

“Tim is a well-known and respected consultant who has partnered with many colleges and international institutions over the years. To support Tim’s philosophy “It could happen here”, I am delighted to work with him in developing this customised advanced training and know that our combined experience will result in professional learning that will really support schools in their individual contexts. Developing Safeguarding is a challenge without established frameworks of support and we aim to give Directors, Principals, Heads and Safeguarding Leads the skills to develop Safeguarding in their schools and colleges, preparing for every eventuality. During these intensive workshops, participants can expect to work through scenarios, explore policy, make connections and above all come away with the skills and knowledge to set up systems that will assure the quality of Safeguarding in their setting”

ICPA Associate Consultant

Graham Wardle

Graham was formally an International School Teacher, he is now based in Asia as a Technical advisor and Health & Safety Consultant. Graham has more than 35years of experience working in the field of Recreation Management, Facility Management, Education Institutions, and the Outdoor Adventure Industry. Originally trained as a Recreation Manager his background with local and national government has given him extensive experience along with first-hand knowledge of Risk, Health & Safety management.

Graham holds many internationally recognised adventure education awards. He has led kayaking, rafting, diving, trekking and climbing trips globally. A British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach, Raft Guide and Rescue level 3 Water Rescue Instructor. He holds British Mountaineering Council, rock climbing and mountaineering awards, a certified Offsite Safety Management Trainer and First Aid Instructor.

ICPA Associate Consultant

Jonathan Taylor MSc (Criminal Psychology)

Jonathan is an expert Online Safety & Social media Awareness Consultant who works with Schools nationally and internationally. He delivers leading Online Safety Workshops for Staff, Students and Parents.

Specialising in Child Safeguarding and spending 10 years as an undercover Police Officer, identifying Online Predators, his unique experience, accompanied with his advanced knowledge and qualifications, allows Jonathan to offer and deliver the most exclusive, progressive, and current Online Safety workshops.

Jonathan advises and assists schools in the importance and creation of robust Online Safety and acceptable use policies. Jonathan also lectures to Child Safeguarding Professionals on how to recognise and understand Online Child Sexual Exploitation and what tools are available to help keep children safe.

Jonathan frequently appears on Sky News, The One Show, BBC Breakfast TV, LBC, and Radio 5 Live as an Online Safety & Social Media Consultant and has recently filmed Documentaries for Channel 4 & CBS.

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