Michael Kellett – Panel Member
Michael Kellett served as a police officer in the Lancashire Constabulary for thirty years until 2006, mostly as a criminal investigator. During that time he worked in the professional standards department, investigating complaints against the police and was in turn head of the Criminal Intelligence Section, the covert surveillance unit and was divisional Head of CID in Blackpool.
For several years he led homicide investigations and in the three years prior to his retirement headed the North West Regional Asset Recovery Team, a multi-agency unit consisting of police and customs officers, Asset Recovery Agency investigators, intelligence officers, tax inspectors and Crown Prosecution Service staff dealing with the recovery of criminals’ assets and carrying out anti-money laundering investigations in north west England and North Wales.
Between 2001 and 2003 he was seconded to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg where he acted as police advisor to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).
Since 2006 he has worked in many parts of the world as a consultant for a number of international bodies, including the EU, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the UN, dealing mainly with the prevention of ill-treatment and police misconduct. He regularly accompanies delegations of the CPT on visits to Council of Europe member states monitoring police and prison detention, mostly in countries of the former Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia. He is a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Sub-group on Torture Prevention and a member of the Board of the Geneva based Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT). A training manual he wrote on ‘Monitoring Police Custody’ was published by the APT in January 2013 and a manual he wrote on ‘Human Rights in Counter-terrorist Investigations’ was published by the OSCE in November 2013.
He has an MSc in Contemporary Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University, an LLB from Lancaster University and a Diploma in French from the Open University.