Bill Peace

Honorary Senior Research Associate, Department of Security and Crime Science, UCL


Bill has worked in security and countering crime for over 30 years  He served successively in the leadership of the  National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) and then the   Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA),  forerunners of the current National Crime Agency.

In SOCA,  he led the work of the UK Financial Intelligence Unit (including the SARs regime) and the UK’s National Central Bureau for Interpol which were embedded in the agency.  He also led the development of the agency’s intelligence management capability, including its information sharing and risk management practices, its compliance with information and regulatory powers legislation and its programmes of data analytics and intelligence sharing with partners.

Since 2013,  Bill has worked on  a variety of projects  including

  • as a visiting fellow at King’s College London, on using  open source intelligence  in  due diligence investigations;
  • with the anti-slavery NGO Stop the Traffik,  helping the organisation with intelligence collection, analysis  and partnership  in building innovative approaches to community and commercial resilience against modern slavery; he currently holds a visiting senior research associateship with the Department of Security and Crime Science at UCL in connection with this work;
  • with Transparency International and the Royal United Services Institute on advisory boards for projects relating to corruption and financial crime
  • freelance consultancy work in security and financial crime

Bill was educated as a scientist and holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge, and a masters in human resources management.