Kevin Hyland OBE is a renowned international specialist in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. In 2014, Kevin was appointed as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner by Theresa May, serving with distinction, before stepping down to undertake his role as CEO with ChildFund Ireland in July 2018. 

Prior to his role as Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin was head of the London Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, which was internationally recognized for developing best practice in anti-trafficking operations. He has over 30 years’ experience of investigating serious and organized crime and was successful in securing convictions of international organized crime groups behind some of the most challenging cases of slavery and trafficking.

In 2015, Kevin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.), acknowledging his outstanding service in combating human trafficking. Kevin was also instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Marta Group, a high-level strategic partnership between international law enforcement agencies, the Catholic Church and civil society, which was launched by Pope Francis at the Vatican in April 2014.

Kevin is also Chairperson of "The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Project in Ireland," a project established to identify, collate, create and analyze databases relating to information on the scale and scope of human trafficking into and within the island of Ireland.