Expert perspectives on whistleblowing

Fellowship Event

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  • Institutional reform

Learn about the complex issues surrounding whistleblowers in this fascinating event.

We hope you can join us for this fascinating event, open to all, which will discuss a Ten-Minute Rule Bill (UK Primary Legislation) that will be laid before parliament to create The Office of the Whistleblower. By the time our event happens, the bill will have already been laid before parliament. This makes the discussion incredibly topical, and relevant to employees, employers, unions, and membership bodies such as the CBI and IoD. It is hoped that the bill will incorporate details of penalties, potentially based on percentages of global turnover.

The bill will also emphasize the need for increasing public awareness and engagement on these issues. The Office of the Whistleblower is also due to have supervisory, evaluation and monitoring functions with due reporting direct to HM Government.

One of the speakers at our event is a founding member of WhistleblowersUK, a not-for-profit and the leading voice promoting transformation in the way speaking out is incorporated into, and recognized as, the cornerstone of a fair and transparent society. WBUK also provides the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for whistleblowing. It provides expertise, support and research assisting the developments of 21st century legislation. Read more about the vision and objectives of WBUK at their website.


Georgina Halford-Hall has a background in HR and a keen interest in issues of diversity and equality. Over a long career she has worked both private and public sector where she spent 16 years as a civil servant. She was a founding member of WhistleblowerUK in 2014 and has been CEO since 2015. In addition to this role, Georgina directs the alternative whistleblowing programme at the annual International Symposium of Economic Crime, and also provides consultancy and training on whistleblowing policy across the public and private sectors. Georgina frequently contributes to the design of public policy legislation.

Iain Mitchell was called to the Scottish Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1992. He was called to the English Bar in 2012. Amongst other appointments, he is Chairman of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law, a member of the IT Committee of the *CCBE, and is a past chairman of the *CCBE Surveillance Working Group. He was accredited by the Mediation Bureau (Scotland) in 1997 and by the Mediation Forum Ireland in 2007. He holds an Honorary Lectureship in IT Law at the ITM Institute, Wilhelms Universitat, Munster, Germany. Iain Mitchell chairs the legal panel of Whistleblowers UK.

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