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Professor Julian Williams QPM, Professor of Practice, BA (Hons)

Professor of Practice

E-mail: Julian.williams@uwtsd.ac.uk

Development of the ‘Blue Light Academy’

Julian joined South Wales police in 1989 and throughout his 25 years with the force worked within uniform and detective roles, eventually becoming Divisional Commander of Western Division, with responsibility for Swansea and Neath/Port Talbot. 

As an Assistant Chief Constable with South Wales Police, he led the specialist operations portfolio and in June 2014 transferred to Gwent Police as an Assistant Chief Constable. He later became the Deputy Chief Constable and in 2017 became the Chief Constable of Gwent Police. Julian retired from the Police service in 2019. 

During his career, Julian led a number of high profile events in Wales such as the Great Britain Olympic football matches in 2012 and also a number of Swansea v Cardiff matches. Julian operated as a tactical and strategic firearms and public order commander and assessor for 16 years and was also a Counter-terrorism commander and part of the national cadre. 

He was the strategic lead for the Joint Firearms Unit in the South Wales region from 2015 to 2017. 

Julian chaired the Gwent Local Resilience Forum (LRF) from 2017 until 2019 and was chair of the LRF chairs group in Wales. 

He was the Human trafficking/Modern slavery policing lead for Wales from 2014 to 2019 and National Police Chiefs Council lead on ethics and sexual harassment between 2017 and 2019. 

He is currently a member of the Welsh Modern Slavery Leadership group and co-chair of the Welsh Academic group. 

Julian was awarded the Queens Police Medal in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list.

  • Leadership
  • Critical decision making
  • Multi-agency command
  • Emergency Preparedness and Civil Protection 
  • Human trafficking/Modern Slavery
  • Leadership
  • Critical Decision making
  • Multi-agency command 
  • Emergency Preparedness and Civil Protection 
  • Human trafficking/Modern Slavery 

Significant experience of leading Policing and multi-agency operations and investigations in relation to public order, serious crime, counter terrorism, firearms and internal disciplinary and misconduct matters.

  • Keynote speaker at a number of national and international conferences on Human Trafficking.
  • Keynote speaker at a number of national conferences on ethics in policing.
  • Keynote speaker at the launch of the Home Office ‘Serious and organised crime strategy’.
  • Honorary Professor Swansea University Hilary Clinton School of Law
  • Vice Chair of Swansea MIND