Charles has 36 years experience of UK Customs enforcement work at ports, airports and the investigation service. In 1992 he established the first specialist UK CITES unit dedicated to the investigation of illegal trade in endangered species. Under his leadership it became the centre of expertise for enforcement of CITES in the UK. Charles represented the UK Government and Customs internationally as well as providing CITES enforcement training around the world. After taking early retirement, in 2014, together with Ian Knox, he founded MK Wildlife Consultancy Ltd. It’s purpose to share the skills they had developed with other enforcement officers and NGOs in the fight against wildlife crime.
Served with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years in various departments, including 18 years investigating wildlife crime. In 2003 established the first UK police wildlife crime unit at Scotland Yard. In 2009 he took over leadership of the unit, undertaking investigations and representing the UK internationally. He retired from the police service in 2013 and joined with Charles MacKay to form MK Wildlife Consultancy Ltd. Ian specialises in wildlife crime training, investigation and research.