Our Business Advisory Panel

Our Busines Advisory Panel focuses on best practice within their sectors. Some members set standards across sectors, whilst others represent key companies  within their sectors in terms of supply chain leverage.

Business Advisory Panel Terms of Reference

Members will endeavour to:

  • Draw on their experience across sectors to help raise the bar on standards of reporting and KPIs relating to supply chain transparency
  • Provide tiscreport.org with high level advice on the best practices and standards across sectors, countries and internationally on reporting in compliance with section 54 of the modern slavery act.
  • Contact/advise/lobby influential individuals and organisations that set policy around the Modern Slavery Act. The targets are National and International policy makers and policy making institutions.
  • Encourage and lobby member and non-member organisations to implement Modern Slavery best practices and standards via tiscreport.org. Enable access at the highest possible levels within those organisations. Source best practise material that can be used as part of our mission.  
  • Target relevant third-sector organisations. Establish contacts/links to both help those organisations and to enable tiscreport to achieve its goals.
  • Review selected draft tiscreport recommendations and standards before they are published.   


  • Participation in the Business Advisory Panel will be open to senior representatives from the business sector with a proven track record across key sectors.
  • The Panel will consist of between 15 and 30 distinguished high-level business persons who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the development and implementation of anti-slavery policies either in their respective companies or sectors. Members will be selected in such a way as to provide a comprehensive coverage of key issues and sectors.
  • Nominations for the Panel can be made by tiscreport sector groups and partner groups, and the existing Panel members. The nominations will be reviewed by the governance board for potential conflicts.
  • The Panel will report to the Governance Board. It derives its legitimacy and mandate from this body. It will carry out its work on the basis of an annual work plan.
  • The Panel will meet physically at least once a year.


Business Advisory Panel Members

James Durie, Business West & CEO of the West of England Initiative

Business West represents over 22000 companies/employers in the West of England region. It has significant influence over local and national business issues, being the umbrella organisations supporting four Chambers of Commerce, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire. Of those businesses, some 80 of the region's largest employers come together on matters of regional leadership through the West of England Initiative. CEO, James Durie was responsible for introducing Semantrica Ltd to Unseen, and is, in the truest sense, a Foundation Partner.

Emma Scott, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply 

CIPS, is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the profession. They have been incredibly supportive already and have committed to providing examples and articles around best practice in their own section of the tiscreport.org website. We've worked with the CIPS team since before the launch of tiscreport.org, and as Foundation Partners they have been a real resource, setting the ethical standards of procurement as high as they need to be to tackle modern slavery effectively.

The Chartered Institute of Building

The CIOB is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. With construction being a high-risk sector, the CIOB has taken on the responsibility to ensure that labour standards in the UK and beyond are set and embedded into the sector. 

The International Chambers of Commerce

The ICC was quick to support our initiative, having already worked with Unseen in the past.  Through them we have plans to join things up on a global scale once our UK offering is rolled out. We are looking forward to partnering to achieve critical mass on European legislation for supply chain transparency with them in the months and years to come.

Chris McCann, British Standards Institution

The BSI is the UK's National Standards Body, and our partner on the Responsible Sourcing side is Chris McCann. Chris has over twenty years experience managing social and environmental programmes for the supply chains of national and multi-national Fortune 500 companies including Wal-Mart, Burberry and Philip Morris International. His background includes Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Chris is Principal Consultant, Sustainability with BSI Supply Chain Services & Solutions. One of a team representing international retailers, Chris was involved in the development of the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), a governance structure for business and human rights in the international retail sector. He was appointed to the steering group responsible for the creation of the World Banana Forum, endorsed by United Nations Food & Agriculture .

Organization and tasked with the development of sustainable production practices in the banana industry. Following a House of Lords recommendation that the UK government develop a new strategy on business and human rights, Chris was appointed to the UK Ministry of Justice Human Rights steering committee. Appointed by the UK’s Minister for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to represent the British Retail Consortium as a board member of the UK Gangmasters Licencing Authority, he is past-chairman of the GLA’s audit committee and, prior to the establishment of the GLA, sat on UK DEFRA’s gangmasters consultative committee. Chris was appointed to the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Business and Human Rights group, and appointed by the Director General of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive to that body’s Agricultural Industry Advisory Committee. Invited to sit on the UK’s Department for International Development Poverty Reduction Forum, Chris was a member of that forum’s Procurement for Development group and their Decent Work and Labour Standards steering group.  Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Nuffield Scholar. His PhD thesis concentrates on the development of resilience in global supply chains, and brings his wealth of knowledge and networks to the tiscreport table. 

Neil Carberry, Director for People and Skills, CBI

Neil is CBI Director for People and Skills.  Neil's role is to set out a framework to make the UK a great place to invest and create jobs, which makes him a perfect addition to the TISCreport Business Advisory Panel. His team campaigns on behalf of CBI members on labour market and skills issues, including employment law, employee relations, equality and diversity, pay, pensions, education, skills and in-work learning, immigration, health and safety, and human rights. Neil is a member of the council of ACAS and of the Low Pay Commission, which makes recommendations about the level of the National Minimum Wage. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Before becoming director, Neil spent four years as Head of Employment and Pensions Policy and he has previously worked in the CBI's public services team as Head of Public Procurement. Neil joined the CBI in 2004, after completing a postgraduate degree at the London School of Economics in industrial relations. Before this, he worked as an HR consultant for a number of major financial institutions.